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Dhruv Sookhoo

ARB Examiner

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Biography

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 now 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 was appointed to the RTPI Accreditation and Partnership Board in 2017, an Examiner to the Architects Registration Board’s Prescribed Examination Panel in 2018, and an Assessor for the RTPI Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) in 2019. In 2021 he was appointed as a Professional Examiner to the Architectural Practice and Management PGDip (Part 3) at Newcastle University.

Dhruv has held a range of posts in practice, including Head of Research and Practice Innovation, at Metropolitan Workshop (2019-2021), an award-winning practice of architects and urban designers delivering complex public and private sector projects from their studios in London and Dublin. Prior to this he gained senior industry experience as Design Manager, and then Head of Design, at Home Group (2011-2015), where he was responsible for establishing a department to champion 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 is the immediate past Chair of the RIBA Housing Group (2019-2021), former member of the Governing Council of the NHBC, and past member of the RIBA Education Trust Fund Committee and several RIBA Visiting Boards. He is current Vice Chair, RTPI Partnership Board, University of Manchester, and a member of the Oxford Design Review Panel.

Annual Register of Interests 2021/2022

Membership of Formal Groups:

Chartered Architect, Royal Institute of British Architects 
Chartered Town Planner, Royal Town Planning Institute 
Fellow, Higher Education Academy

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Doctoral Candidate, North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NEDTP), Newcastle University and Durham University (2015-).
Professional Examiner (Part 3), Architectural Practice and Management, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (2021-).
Visiting Lecturer/ Associate Lecturer, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (2014-).
Head of Research and Practice Innovation, Metropolitan Workshop, London and Dublin (2019-2021).

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North East Doctoral Training Partnership (NEDTP, now NINE), Newcastle University and Durham University, via School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University.
Head of Research and Practice Innovation, Metropolitan Workshop, London and Dublin (2019-2021).
Member RTPI Accreditation Panel and Partnership Board, Vice Chair, RTPI Partnership Board, Manchester University (2021-), past Vice Chair RTPI Joint Distance Learning Constoria (2017-2020).
Governing Council, National House Building Council, NHBC (2019-2021).
Chair, Housing Expert Advisory Group, RIBA (2019-2021).

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