who we are

The rpa:group is an ideal partner with which to select your bespoke team from across our range of experienced professionals who will help you to create, detail and deliver outstanding solutions and built environments across the UK and worldwide.

Operating from offices in the UK, Spain, Poland and India and partnering with experienced architectural practices across Europe, has given us a truly global reach. Our group of award winning companies have successfully provided design, architecture and project management services since 1983.

We pride ourselves in continuing to transform our business through empowering our people and have been awarded the core Investors in People standard as well as being ranked one of the top 50 companies in Building’s Good Employer Guide.


what we do

At the rpa:group you can be confident that our core set of principles sit at the heart of every one of our divisions. Whether it is Design, Architecture or Project Management, we focus our passion,  energy and commitment into creating the best possible results for our clients.

Our fully integrated service means delivery times and costs are reduced and our work is enhanced with a quality, consistency and accuracy that is proven by our record of accomplishment with blue chip clients, assured by ISO 9001 accreditation and leading international professional bodies.

the people behind everything we do

At rpa:group we know our reputation is only as good as our last job, which is why we always take the time to gather round us people who care about what they do. Our team are committed to our clients and dedicated to doing the best they can in every detail.

David Rosborough


I’m as enthusiastic today as I was over thirty years ago when rpa:group was founded, enjoying the new challenges and occasionally allowing myself the luxury of looking back at the great team we have developed and what rpa:group has achieved!

Kevin Walter

group director

I have over 35 years of experience in technical and retail architecture, and as one of three founding members of rpa:group, my responsibilities include financial strategy and ensuring that the business objectives and strong company ethos are maintained.

Nigel Collett

chief executive officer

With a background spanning over 20 years in the creative industry, I’ve learned to look at every challenge as an opportunity and that creativity and innovation make the impossible possible.

Ian Archer

chief operating officer

With over 30 years of experience managing success within the logistics and retail construction industries, I learnt early the valuable lesson to focus and develop people’s strengths, not their weaknesses.

Chris Harris

director - project management

Over 25 years international experience has taught me to strive to exceed client expectations while ensuring the team feel valued, challenged and listened to. In leading the Project Management division of the rpa:group, this approach to teamwork is key to ensuring strong project delivery.

Mark Cherrett

executive director - architecture

Manager, Communicator, Supporter and Achiever with over 26 years of retail design experience as both client & consultant. You could say I’m hardened to life’s up’s & down’s – being a passionate follower of Crystal Palace FC!

James Breaks

associate director of design

I love my creative family of the last 25 years. We’ve all come a long way as a dedicated and talented team and are looking forward to going a lot further together.

Emma Sharp

associate director HR

With over 15 year’s professional HR experience in a variety of sectors, I enjoy the challenge of working with innovative and creative teams managing, developing and implementing HR and learning and development initiatives in support of business objectives.

Chris Swann


Having worked in the design industry for over 15 years, I found my niche in the retail sector. Outside of work I can be found either in a studio rehearsing with my band, or in the sea (attempting) surfing!

Terry Cowan


With over 20 years in the industry, I have a drive for problem solving, with a focus on client satisfaction. As an All Blacks fan I love watching N.Z. on the sports field, & anyone who can beat Australia!

Darryl Beck


My 35 years of experience in architecture, spanning both retail and residential have been both challenging and rewarding. A good communicator, I believe passionately in the development of youth, both at work and as a keen football coach outside of it.

James Williams


The business has given me the platform to excel and grow as an individual and I am extremely proud of the various successes achieved over the last 10 plus years with the rpa:group and our various valued clients.

James Harvey-Smith

creative design manager

I have worked in the creative design industry for over 15 years; 10 of those here at rpa:group as creative lead on projects for numerous global brands. I love the challenge of a new brief, managing the design team to deliver commercially creative schemes, and mentoring new designers who join our team.

David Osborne

architectural team leader

With 25 years experience in architecture, I’ve learned to adapt to situations and technology and feel that if you stand still you fall behind.I enjoy the thrill of the challenge, and working as a team to maximise the potential of projects and people.

Dorota Solska

architectural team leader

As a creative engineer with a passion for retail design, I combine creativity and innovation with an analytical approach to problem solving.
I’m a keen traveller, always on the lookout for new adventures to discover new horizons.

Jay Thiru

senior architectural technician

With over 10 years experience in architecture, I am passionate about seeing retail environments come to life – and in my spare time, I am just as passionate about my photography!

Jamie Harvie

senior architectural technician

I have worked at rpa:group for 20 years & have enjoyed playing my part in the transformation from a local architects practice to the global company of choice it is today, working across Europe delivering projects for some of the world’s leading retailers and on home soil designing educational establishments.

Beatriz SanMillanGomez

senior architectural technician

Although only 27 years old, I’m thrilled that my experience has led me to the vibrant, fast and dynamic retail sector, which has got me hooked and I love being a part of it. I am excited about using my energy, knowledge and creativity at rpa:group, where the sky is the limit!

Wes MacCabe

senior architectural technician

Olympic Rowing was the dream! However communicating with clients to produce well thought-out designs, which transform into attractive user friendly buildings, provides me with a great deal of pride. I still spend my spare time on the river.

Susana Moya

senior architectural technician

Design and music lover but focusing on the technical side I’ve been in the architecture game for many years. I’m immensely enjoying my role with rpa:group and endeavour to pass on the knowledge I have acquired over the years to the up and coming architects of the future.

Peter Coogan

senior architectural technologist

With 20 years experience in retail design I’m always keen to learn and pass on my experience to the team. I pride myself in building relationships based on honesty, respect & encouragement.

Sasha Cuff

marketing executive

I bring with me a 17-year mix of marketing, advertising, pr and publishing. If variety is the spice of life, then being part of the inspiring, energetic and creative environment here at rpa:group is the Vindaloo of it all!

Rowel Ramos

senior project co-ordinator

I have co-ordinated and administered the fields of airports, supermarket chains and financial to television, with seventeen years of retail experience.  At the rpa:group, it only takes once to hit the target.

Lisa Cross

project co-ordinator

With over 15 years of project experience across a variety of industries, I enjoy rising to the challenges that working on exciting projects present. I pride myself on organisation, communication and developing client relationships.

Brian Lowles

senior project manager

After working in the retail development industry for more years than I care to mention, and seeing the changes in all aspects of design and technology, this has held my interest in this ever changing world.

William Scoullar

senior project manager

I have over 20 years of PM experience working with leading retailers and fashion brands in the UK and internationally, delivering their brands within high street, department stores and airport environments.

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