Meet Our Team
Graduating from Leicester Polytechnic / De Montfort University in 1981, Malcolm built Corporate Architecture Limited from a fledgling business started in 1985 into a multi award-winning architectural practice employing 23 people and with an international client base.
A committed sportsman, Malcolm played over 260 first team games for Leicester Tigers until his retirement in 1994. He stayed on at Leicester to coach their Academy and under- 21 sides.
Malcolm has extensive experience in a broad variety of sectors within the architectural and construction industry and has developed a strong understanding of supporting clients through the often complex and unwieldy processes in a project. Although head of the practice, he takes the design lead on multiple projects, building strong relationships with stakeholders. His competence, experience and positivity give all parties the confidence that a project will reach a successful conclusion.
Malcolm places huge importance on teamwork, and this is very much the ethos of the practice that he now leads. He understands the value of establishing long-term working relationships with clients by providing an exceptional standard of high-quality design and customer service. His ability to interpret a client’s wishes to create innovative, yet workable, designs provides a balanced counterpart to Director, Richard Coppock, and together they make a formidable management team.
Building a strong rapport with contractors, consultants and other key stakeholders also form part of the wider teamwork agenda. His collaborative approach to projects has led to Corporate Architecture being retained over many years by companies and organisations and Malcolm and his colleagues becoming active contributors to the strategic management teams.
Malcolm took the design lead for the successful redevelopment and restoration of the Grade II / II* Kilworth House Hotel working with the English Heritage and Local Authority Conservation Officer and is a retained Consultant Architect to the Crown Estate, the Duchy of Lancaster Estate and Consultant Architect to the Brudenell Estate.
He has also been asked to judge for a number of awards including the Pinders Healthcare Awards, Leicester De Montfort University (Architecture Course) and Pro-Con Construction Design Awards.
Malcolm is Chairman of the Leicestershire Region of the National Charity of Wooden Spoon and has recently been appointed as Patron of Headway Leicestershire. He is also a member of the Lord’s Taverners National Charity.
In his spare time Malcolm continues to be a staunch fan of sport and outdoor pursuits, although the golf is a work in progress. He retains a keen interest in architecture, art and travelling and spending time with his grandchildren.
Richard was educated at De Montfort University and joined the company 25 years ago working his way to become Director. He has over 30 years’ experience of design and contract administration within the Construction Industry.
Whilst often found creating concept designs, his core skills are detailed design, Project Management and delivering projects. Richard also undertakes many of the central business functions of the company including Finance and HR and is responsible for delivering the practice’s Apprentice training scheme, which saw CAL awarded Apprentice Employer of the Year in 2015.
His widespread technical knowledge and experience of the industry and its methods of construction – including civil engineering, refurbishment and renovation, architectural design and specification complement Managing Director, Malcolm’s, design skills. He is often responsible for delivering multiple projects simultaneously throughout the UK and worldwide and was part of the team to have received plaudits from the Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall and Sir David Attenborough for the Leicestershire and Rutland Volunteer Centre and from the Princess Royal for the Oakham Care Village.
He was heavily involved on the prestigious Kilworth House Hotel, taking on the role of Project Co-ordinator and Detailed Designer for the scheme, including a period of site residency for over four months during the later stages of the project with the challenge of ensuring the highest quality of finish was achieved. He went on to deliver three further projects for the Kilworth House Estate, working on the concept and detailed design and then later undertaking a Construction Management role.
One of Richards regular clients is PrimeLife Limited where he has delivered Malcolm’s design to provide multiple care home and care village projects, often at the same time. He is also well versed in designing and managing commercial offices and workplace environments, bringing creative and cost-effective solutions to projects.
Over recent years, Richard has expanded his work within the retail sector and has been involved in the detailed design of developing global high street retail brands, which has seen him regularly working outside of the UK.
Out of work Richard enjoys watching rugby and the odd glass of red wine whilst cooking for friends and family, is slowly learning to play golf and has recently started to appreciate the joys of sailing. Richard is an Assistant County Commissioner (International) and Trustee for Leicestershire Scouts, applying his project management skills to, among many other things, organising large scale international camps for many thousands of young people, as well as taking larger scale events from Leicestershire to other counties.
Richard is also the line manager for Office Junior, Tess.
Jason holds a BA (Hons) from the Hull School of Architecture at the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. He joined CAL in 2003 and over his 19 years with the practice worked on a wide variety of projects in a range of sectors including residential, commercial, retail, industrial, education and leisure. Jason has particular expertise in design-based projects, RIBA stage 0-3 and residential projects of all kinds from individual houses to housing layouts for up to 100 dwellings.
Jason is also expert in aerial data imaging through his company JDUtopia Ltd, this enables CAL to employ drone technology to create high resolution imagery of areas where manual access is challenging.
Travel and the outdoors are Jason’s interests including football, fishing and golf. He likes a challenge and with his brother, Chris, has completed a cycle ride from Lands End to John O’Groats, and a coast to coast trek along the Great Glen Canoe trail in Scotland. They are currently thinking up their next adventure.
Gemma joined Corporate Architecture as an Administration Assistant in 2002 and her role has evolved from Senior Secretary and Directors PA to joining the practice’s Management Team in 2016 as Associate Director.
With 20 years’ experience at Corporate Architecture, Gemma has built up strong relationships with clients, contractors and stakeholders. This extensive knowledge and understanding underpins her work within the team and she is involved in all of the projects.
Her primary focus is on business function, operations, administration and finance and she keeps policy and procedure under constant review. Occasionally, Gemma takes the opportunity to get more involved in design projects, showing a particular skill in Interior Design.
Gemma has taken a leading role in managing the practice’s many charitable activities and community projects.
Outside of work Gemma is part of a running club and enjoys taking part in 10k races across Leicestershire and watching her son playing football.
Charlie holds an HNC in Building Studies from Leicester College and joined CAL in 2008. Prior to this he gained valuable on-site experience working as a site labourer on projects which included log cabins. One of these became a set piece for the BBC tv series Monarch of the Glen, and another The Staging Post at Kilworth House Theatre in Leicestershire.
Since joining CAL, Charlie has worked on a range of residential and retail projects including large spaces for well-known brands. Charlie is the office ‘fixer’ managing the facilities at Venari House and is very popular with his colleagues at times of IT crisis.
Charlie is a keen snowboarder, rum connoisseur, and poker player. His brief tv career included a walk-on part in a pilot which was filmed in his native Highlands.
Daniel gained his qualifications from both Liverpool St John Moore’s University and Northumbria University and joined CAL in 2021. He brings with him experience in the large residential, healthcare, education, leisure and industrial sectors as well as masterplanning and urban design.
Daniel is working with the team on private residential and larger scale accommodation as well as supporting the practice’s longstanding work in the health care sector.
Daniel is a PADI certified scuba diver and marine mammal medic and is a regular in the stands at Anfield.
Daniel holds an HND in Building Studies from Oxford Brooks University and and BSc (Hons) in Building Surveying from De Montfort University. He joined CAL in 2015 bringing with him over 20 years’ experience in architectural practice and has been involved with the development of numerous construction projects from small scale to major developments from inception, through the design / construction process to completion.
Daniel has worked on projects UK wide and abroad across a range of sectors. Clients have included national plc’s, public sector bodies, local companies as well as private individuals.
Daniel enjoys walking, cycling, DIY and takes an active role in supporting his local community. A keen follower of the Arts, he has also performed in a number of musicals at the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester.
Jack joined the CAL team as an Apprentice in 2012 and has progressed to a more senior role within the practice’s technical team using his skills and experience in technical design, project co-ordination, and project management.
Jack also has experience of a range of methods of construction from large commercial projects to fit-out and interior design for global retail clients.
He frequently works alongside the practice’s design team to produce 3D models and rendered visuals/animations, using modern software packages to help clients better visualise and understand their projects.
Jack has taken a key role in building a firm and lasting relationship with one of the practice’s major clients and as a result has had the opportunity to work in a number of countries world-wide.
A keen golfer, Jack can often be seen improving his handicap at weekends.
Scott holds a MArch from De Montfort University and joined CAL in 2019 bringing over twelve years’ experience working at architectural practices in Leicester and Nottingham. Within that time Scott worked on a range of mainly large-scale developments for clients in the commercial, leisure, multi-use and residential sectors, including student accommodation.
He is currently working with a large retailer providing support and assistance from conception to completion on the roll-out of their flagship stores worldwide and on a large-scale hotel and leisure upgrade and refurbishment.
Scott is a sports fan and loves watching Leicester Tigers in particular. He took part in Velothon Wales in 2015, a 125km charity cycle ride in support of Cancer Research UK. Scott also enjoys spending time with the family and settling in with a good boxset or two.
James graduated from De Montfort University in Leicester with a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology & Production in 2009.
Following two years gathering experience in hospitality he returned to the construction industry in 2011 to work on award-winning national / international retail stores and a £6m conversion of office space in Manchester into retail units and apartments.
James joined CAL in 2016 and has since worked on visualisation and planning applications for residential extensions and now predominantly detailing and specifying small and large retail fit-outs world-wide for various high-end retail clients.
James is now working towards becoming MCIAT chartered but when not concentrating on his professional studies, he enjoys travelling the world, clay pigeon shooting, hiking and reading the Architectural Journal. His favourite place to visit is Scotland.
Tim holds an HND in Construction & the Built Environment and NVQ Level 5 in Construction Management. He joined the team at CAL in 2014 following ten years specialising in healthcare developments and education facilities including a £550m development at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Birmingham and Brockington, South Wigston and Dudley Colleges.
Since joining CAL, Tim has worked mainly on residential and commercial projects and has particular expertise in Revit. He is also a key member of the team in supporting staff development working both with new staff and work experience students at CAL and has also delivered CAD and Revit training to Level 3 students at Leicester College.
A very proud father of three, Tim uses what spare time he has to indulge his love of motorbikes and motorsport, snowboarding and cooking. He has also reached Grade 6 in piano and trombone.
Evie joined CAL in 2013 after completing her A Levels at Robert Smyth School in Market Harborough. She is involved in all areas of administration and provides PA support to the MD, Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold.
Evie is the main point of contact for clients and staff, acts as the contract administrator and organises CPD for staff. She has been involved in marketing activities including website development and maintaining social media accounts.
Evie’s organisational skills are also regularly deployed in supporting the team in putting together the practice’s numerous social and charity events throughout the year. Unsurprisingly, an excellent memory is a huge asset.
Evie enjoys spending time in the gym, socialising with friends and surfing.
Alfie joined Corporate Architecture in 2015 after graduating with a First-Class Honours Degree in Architectural Technology BA (Hons) from Southampton Solent University.
Alfie has experience of working on large commercial schemes through to bespoke one-off new build houses and high-end residential improvements and extensions. This includes working on all stages of projects from concept to completion.
Alfie is also part of the website and marketing team for Corporate Architecture and is an associate member of CIAT.
Out of work Alfie is a part of ProCon Leicestershire Emerging Talent Steering Group, enjoys playing 6 a side football, going to the gym, playing golf and watching football.
Pezhman holds a BSc in Architectural Technology from De Montfort University and joined CAL in 2017 with 13 years’ experience gained with an architectural practice in Northamptonshire. He has been involved in projects ranging from small residential projects to major commercial work and including new house design, extensions, loft conversion, change of use and structural calculations.
At CAL Pezhman deals with planning and building control and manages small projects including steel calculations for small and medium sized projects.
Pezhman enjoys playing table tennis, walking, watching movies and gardening. One day he hopes to build a farmhouse, grow vegetables and look after farm animals.
Claire joined CAL in 2019 with an MArch in Architecture ( RIBA Part 2 ) after 10 experience with architectural practices in Leicester and Nottingham.
Claire has worked on a range of sectors including small and large residential and sport and leisure and is now supporting the roll-out of large high value retail developments world-wide for major international brands.
A general sports fan and keen supporter of Liverpool FC, Claire is frequent visitor to Anfield. Also a golfer, Claire was the first female member of Birstall Golf Club to complete the 100 Hole Challenge, playing 100 holes in one day starting at 4.30 am and playing through until late in the evening.
Josh left school with, amongst other things, a GCSE in Graphic Design and has completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship in Built Environment in partnership with Leicester College. In addition to developing his all-round construction knowledge and skills, Josh is also developing his design abilities by producing high quality visuals for the practice using modern and traditional methods.
Through the use of 3D visualisation software Josh brings to life the architectural ideas and designs from across the office producing photo-realistic 3D images of proposed developments.
A fan of musical legend Liam Gallagher and snooker champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Josh is forging his own path to fame by mystifying and delighting unsuspecting audiences with his magic tricks.
Alex is a graduate of the University of Northampton where she completed a BA(Hons) Interior Design in 2016.
After three years with an architectural practice in Bedfordshire, Alex joined CAL in 2019 where she works as an interior designer, mainly but not exclusively, on retail projects.
In her spare time Alex enjoys travelling and visiting museums, spending time with her dog and, unsurprisingly, decorating her house. She also enjoys a spot of retail therapy – all in the name of research, of course.
Following his training at Oxford College / Oxford Brookes, Martin joined CAL in 2020 bringing with him many years’ experience in a variety of commercial projects, from planning to working drawing packages for new build and refurbishment projects in a range of sectors including office buildings, hotel and leisure and retail spaces.
Martin is currently working alongside colleagues on a number of commercial projects, specifically focussing on the construction detailing.
Martin is enjoys cycling, gardening and is a member of a classic car club.
Adam completed his training at Leicester College in 2019 and joined the team at CAL in 2021 having worked mainly on residential properties within the UK ranging from simple extensions to new build houses. He also has experience working in the leisure sector with park and holiday homes.
Adam is now continuing to work on residential projects, in particular dealing with planning and building regulation issues and liaising with clients and other consultants.
Adam enjoys cycling at weekends and gaming in the evening. He also enjoys a spot of fishing and spending time with friends.
Dotty joined CAL in 2020 as an Apprentice and is currently undergoing the second year of Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment in partnership with Moulton College.
She is working with a range of colleagues on a variety of projects to develop her skills in developing existing and proposed drawings for both commercial and residential schemes, both new builds and conversions.
Dotty is a musician, playing both guitar and piano and also plays rugby for Leicestershire.
Thornton joined CAL in 2020 as an Apprentice and is currently undergoing the second year of Level 3 BTEC in Construction and the Built Environment in partnership with Moulton College.
He is working with a range of colleagues on a variety of projects to develop his skills in developing existing and proposed drawings for both commercial and residential schemes, including a large hotel and leisure refurbishment.
Thornton enjoys playing rugby and tennis for local teams.