Founded by David Knight and Cristina Monteiro, DK-CM is an architecture,
planning and research studio based in East London.
We specialise in beautiful, critical and generous design, working for public and private sector clients. Our work extends from bespoke furniture design to masterplanning, urbanism and policy. Our project in Barkingside - the practice's first public work - was recently awarded a Special Mention in the 2016 European Prize for Urban Public Space.
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.
The work of DK-CM 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) and elsewhere. We have featured in The Architectural Review, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Domus and Frame, among others.