Dhruv Sookhoo is a chartered architect, chartered town planner and experienced housing development practitioner. He studied architecture and planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, where he is currently undertaking ESRC funded doctoral research into the interprofessional perspectives of architects and town planners working to deliver residential design quality.
As a Visiting Lecturer within the School he contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching across professionally accredited programmes in architecture, planning and urban design. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and his teaching reflects expertise in residential design and delivery, promotion of housing design quality through the planning process and client commissioning, and design-led approaches for improved collaboration between professionals and residents.
Dhruv gained senior industry experience as Design Manager, and then Head of Design, at Home Group, a large developing housing association, where he was responsible for championing better residential design quality across a national housing and regeneration programme by commissioning leading architects and designers, effective client-side design management, design review and community engagement. Dhruv maintains close connections with practice through consultancy with Metropolitan Workshop, an innovative practice of architects, urban planners and urban designers, delivering complex public and private sector projects from their bases in London and Dublin.
Dhruv is currently a member of the influential RIBA Housing Group, a member of the RTPI Accreditation and Partnership Board and an alumnus of Future of London’s London Leadership Programme. He is a past member of the RIBA Education Trust Fund Committee and several RIBA Visiting Boards.
Annual Register of Interests 2018
Membership of Formal Groups:
Chartered Architect, RIBA; Chartered Town Planner, RTPI; Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Business, Professional or Social Relationships:
North East Doctoral Training Partnership, Newcastle University and Durham University; Visiting Lecturer, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University; Consultant, Metropolitan Workshop, London and Dublin.
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Professional Relationships with individuals, organisations or businesses that might have relationships with ARB:
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University; Metropolitan Workshop, London and Dublin; Accreditation Panel and partnership Board, RTPI (2017 -, Joint Distance Learning Consortia led by UWE Bristol, including Leeds Beckett, London South Bank University and Dundee University); Housing Group, RIBA.