DK-CM is an architecture, planning & research studio based in East London. It was founded by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro in 2012.

Our design work emerges from rigorous, critical and imaginative research into the social, historical and formal context of a place. Our civic interventions in Barkingside were recently awarded a Special Mention in the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space and our work has been exhibited at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, the Shenzhen & Hong-Kong Biennale, the Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), Barbican Art Gallery (London). The practice is currently delivering a temporary pavilion, Erith Lighthouse, for Bexley Council, a residential project in suburban Moscow and public space interventions in Uxbridge. DK-CM’s work has featured in The Architectural Review, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Domus and Frame, among others.

We are also active in teaching and academic research; David is unit master of ADS2 at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture (London), and an active member of the Society of Architectural Historians.

We have also built a reputation for critical and provocative research projects which question the limits of architectural production and explore new forms of agency and communication, notably the book SUB-PLAN: A Guide to Permitted Development (2009) and Building Rights (2010-), David’s ongoing PhD project, which is concerned with the politics of planning knowledge .

In 2016, we were selected as one of the best young practices in the UK by The Architecture Foundation, and included in their major publication New Architects 3.