DHVA combine award-winning contemporary design ability and attention to detail to help our clients create beautiful spaces tailored to their needs. We take on projects of all scales where we can transform buildings through inspirational design, careful repair or strategic planning.
We are particularly experienced in the care and conservation of historic and ecclesiastical buildings, and we are adept at obtaining planning and listed building consent for sensitive sites. We have a lot of experience in grant funding bids and incorporating successful visitor and community engagement in public architectural projects.
Our office is in Montpelier in central Bristol. We undertake projects in Bristol and across the southwest of England, from Wiltshire to Cornwall, and into South Wales. The practice was founded in 2005 by Elke Dittrich, who was joined as a principal by Federica Vasetti in 2011. In 2016 Izaak Hudson joined the practice, bringing a wealth of experience and expertise in historic building conservation. We also have a dedicated architectural support team.
DHVA offer all of the RIBA menu of services to suit every project. We have accreditation in building conservation (AABC), Passive House designer certification, and staff have experience in delivering BREEAM sustainable projects.
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Federica studied architecture at the University of Genoa, Italy and worked at Reichen et Roberts Architects in Paris before moving to Bristol in 2000. She qualified as a UK architect at the University of Bath in 2002, and worked for Stride Treglown and Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects on large school projects and complex residential developments.
Federica's attention to detail and a hands-on approach enable her to preserve the integrity of the initial concept through to delivery on site.
Federica is a certified Passive House Designer and has a specialism in low-energy building design.
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Izaak studied architecture at the University of Nottingham, Kingston University and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and qualified as an architect in 2000. In 2001 he was awarded a travelling scholarship from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).
Izaak is the cathedral architect for Salisbury, Truro and Llandaff cathedrals, and projects he has led have won numerous RIBA and RICS awards. He has expert conservation knowledge and a passion for design and imaginative public engagement through architectural project work. Izaak is an accredited conservation architect (AABC) and is a member of the Bristol Diocesan Advisory Committee and Bristol City Council’s Conservation Advisory Panel.
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Elke studied architecture at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and at the Technical University, Vienna, before moving to the UK in 1999. She has worked for GMW, Pringle Brandon and Architecture PLB and qualified as a UK architect at the Architectural Association in 2001.
Elke co-founded Dittrich Hudson Architects in Bristol in 2005 and has been leading and managing the practice since. Her personal commitment, design talent and communication skills are greatly valued by clients.
Elke has been awarded several awards for her projects. She is also a member of Bristol City Council's Urban Design Forum.
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