About Us

Ekkist was founded with the goal of creating better buildings by bringing together current approaches in design-led buildings, those which have high environmental credentials and those which are designed to human wellness principles, as we believe all three are equally important in building design, but some are often ignored at the expense of the other.

We wanted to set up a design practice working with like-minded companies working to advance the building industry’s understanding of sustainability issues, building for well-being and exemplary design.

EKKIST CORE TEAM

Olga Turner

Director & Co-founder

MRICS, WELL AP

Olga is a Chartered Surveyor and WELL Building Standard™ Accredited Professional. She has a strong consultancy track record of UK and international projects, ranging from small boutique residential schemes to large masterplans, which she advised on during her time as a Residential Development Consultant at Savills and CBRE. Olga led the day-to-day residential consultancy for ... (more)

Olga is a Chartered Surveyor and WELL Building Standard™ Accredited Professional. She has a strong consultancy track record of UK and international projects, ranging from small boutique residential schemes to large masterplans, which she advised on during her time as a Residential Development Consultant at Savills and CBRE.

Olga led the day-to-day residential consultancy for Peabody’s Thamesmead masterplan and Capco’s Earl’s Court, as well as designing a consultancy framework for advising on design for wellbeing, and in 2016 was shortlisted as one of the industry’s Rising Stars by the Estates Gazette. She was also selected as an industry mentor by the President of the RICS, taking part in the RICS international women mentoring programme in 2017.

In August 2017, Olga left CBRE to set up Ekkist and now leads the design of Ekkist’s products and propositions for Build, Blueprint and Bespoke, as well as the delivery of services for Ekkist Advisory.

She studied Geography at the London School of Economics and holds a Masters in International Planning and Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.

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Jonathan Baker

Director & Co-founder

Jonathan has a background in management and marketing, having overseen a range of high profile projects during his time at Zurich Insurance, both in London and across the UK. He has worked with senior stakeholders to create and successfully implement marketing strategies, including the development and launch of new products, brand campaigns and operational change ... (more)

Jonathan has a background in management and marketing, having overseen a range of high profile projects during his time at Zurich Insurance, both in London and across the UK. He has worked with senior stakeholders to create and successfully implement marketing strategies, including the development and launch of new products, brand campaigns and operational change programmes, and his skills lie in product development and implementation.

More recently, he was responsible for the management, performance and development of three of the largest broker accounts across the UK. In September 2017, Jonathan left Zurich to set up Ekkist, where he is responsible for operational management, finance and marketing.

Jonathan holds a degree in Geography from the London School of Economics, and has a Diploma from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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Karen Rogers

Director, Project Management

We are delighted to welcome Karen Rogers to Ekkist as Project Manager and Design Consultant, leading the delivery of Ekkist’s design for well-being initiatives.   Karen joins us from Canary Wharf Group, where she worked as a Project Design Executive on the Wood Wharf masterplan and prior to that, as a design team leader at ... (more)

We are delighted to welcome Karen Rogers to Ekkist as Project Manager and Design Consultant, leading the delivery of Ekkist’s design for well-being initiatives.

 

Karen joins us from Canary Wharf Group, where she worked as a Project Design Executive on the Wood Wharf masterplan and prior to that, as a design team leader at Heathrow Airport on Terminal 2.

 

Karen is on the Steering Committee of the Equilibrium Network. She is also a trustee for the ABS and a Governor at Dover College, and sits on the Council. Karen was previously Honorary Treasurer on RIBA Council and a member of the steering panel of the RIBA Building Futures Group, Architects for Change (RIBA Equality Forum) Committee and the Women in Architecture group.

 

We are very excited to be working with her and to introduce her to our growing portfolio of projects and clients.

Ori House interior – view blueprints here

EKKIST CORE COLLABORATORS

Studio McLeod

Architectural Design Partner

Kilburn, London

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Polytechnic

Graphic Design & Direction

Dalston, London

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EKKIST DESIGN STANDARDS & ACCREDITATION

“For us, architecture for well-being is about designing for comfort, beauty, resilience, but most importantly, our health and well-being”