Dafydd Knops


Architectural Technologist


I came to Willmore Iles Architects after finishing my degree in Architectural Technology and Design at UWE Bristol. Since joining WIA I have been working with the student accommodation team working on live projects during stage 4 of the workflow. I look forward to assisting and seeing these projects move onto stage 5 and utilising and developing my skills through future projects. I fell in love with the Built Environment during my studies at UWE. My studies covered areas such as designing for residential and social project, contract practise, building physics, collaborative practise in BIM, Energy management evaluating and conservation. This allowed me to grasp an understanding as to not just how things are but as to why things are. There is now a large emphasis on sustainability within the sector and the importance for it wish I wish to carry with me. In addition the process of Collaboration through BIM is something that I believe will be the leading process in the industry. During my studies I did a year placement working largely on Fire and Smoke ventilation system simulations as well as a few wind study models.

Professional interests:

Being early in my career there are still many paths to discover and explore. Architectural Technology can cover so many different fields within the Built Environment. Right now I am working towards chartership within the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. In my time at WIA very early on we were keen to get the steps moving on this. While studying I picked up a passion for looking at conservation projects on historic buildings which I do one day wish to pursue, but still have a great interest in creating sustainable and compelling architecture.

And in the rest of life …

Bristol is my home and I love the city. In my free time I love to visit my friends in other cities when I can. I also go to the gym a few times a week (supposedly) and climbing every so often. Recently taken up an interest in ice skating and are hoping to continue this new habit of mine.

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