Aoife Rath-Cullimore

Architectural Designer

Aoife graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University in 2014 where she received an MA (hons) degree in Architecture. During her time at the WSA Aoife gained experience in masterplanning at Sasaki Associates in Boston, Massachusettes and spent a year in the high-end residential sector at Tim Flynn Architects in London. Aoife’s final year of university concluded with a two month live project with Orkidstudio in Nakuru, Kenya, where she was part of a team that designed and built a children’s home using local materials and innovative building techniques. Prior to joining OPEN in July 2017, Aoife worked for Mecanoo Architects between their office in Manchester and The Netherlands. Whilst at Mecanoo, Aoife was part of an international multi-disciplinary team, working on projects over a range of sectors including higher education, residential and cultural buildings in the UK. Aoife played a key role in the stakeholder engagement team for the Manchester Engineering Campus Development, working alongside the buildings users to develop their brief. Aoife has also worked on a number of residential schemes in Manchester City Centre, of note is the mixed-use Kampus PRS development. During Aoife’s time at Mecanoo she developed a keen interest and expertise in masterplanning and urban design, collaborating with Open team members and Manchester City Council to develop place specific responses to existing urban contexts with an innovative architectural approach. Aoife is passionate about architecture that is a response to people, place and process. Working at a range of scales and levels of detail helps to deliver a holistic architectural approach that is anchored in its physical, social and economic context.

Aoife Rath-Cullimore