Meet the team
Dido studied classical ballet professionally up to the age of sixteen, but after an injury whilst training with the New York City Ballet, she turned to architecture. Dido studied at Cambridge University, where she was tutored by Eric Parry and a 1st class degree led to a scholarship at Harvard, studying under Rafael Moneo. She completed her formal education back at Kings College Cambridge in Peter Beard’s studio winning an ideas competition in collaboration with Tom Russell to design a Visitor Centre for Kings College Chapel. She was a RIBA bronze medallist nominee and won the Kings College GHW Rylands prize for Architecture.
After qualifying, Dido worked for Jestico and Whiles in Prague and later for Eric Parry Associates in London before joining Corrigan + Soundy + Kilaiditi Architects in 1995. She became an associate of the practice in 2000 and a partner of Corrigan + Soundy + Kilaiditi Architects in 2007. The founding partners retired in 2016 and the practice was relaunched as CSK Architects (Ltd), with Dido as one of three directors shaping a design studio specialising in bespoke, crafted buildings which have a real sense of ‘place and belonging’.
In her role as partner and director, she has been responsible for major Conservation projects at Eton College, The Mall Galleries and the Howard-de-Walden Estate.
Over the past five years Dido has become increasingly interested in bio-renewable design. In collaboration with Matthew Barnett Howland and Oliver Wilton (UCL) in her role as co-designer and client she has recently completed the Cork House in Eton. Cork House is a highly innovative project built with structural solid cork walls and roof. The project was carbon negative at completion, has exceptionally low whole-life carbon, and has been ‘designed for disassembly’ so that all its material resources can be easily recovered at the end of its life. The house has won a RIBA National Award and the RIBA South Sustainability Award, and has been longlisted for RIBA House of the Year.
Dido has also collaborated with Matthew Barnett Howland for the design of a new build house in Brick Lane, which won a RIBA South-East Downlands prize and on the design of a private house in Ibiza.
In the medical sector, Dido has overseen the design of a new doctor’s surgery in Dedworth and new Scanning Clinic in Ascot. She was project architect for Thorp Architectural Modelmakers which won local and regional design awards and is one of only ten buildings featured in the joint English Heritage and CABE publication ‘Buildings in Context.’
Dido sits on the local Design Review Panel and was the chair of the RIBA South-East Awards in 2017.