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Katrina Kostic Samen formed KKS in 2004, an award-winning design practice integrating strategy, design and thought leadership. We advise both major developers and occupiers in the financial, legal, insurance, media and corporate sectors across the world. Our innovative solutions are based on detailed research and experience working with occupiers and developers. Our goal is to create spaces that add value whilst integrating an enjoyable life and work balance – good design with ‘wow’.
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    Director, Head of Workplace - Strategy and Design

    Three decades in commercial development and workplace design make Katrina uniquely qualified to offer strategic and design advice to business, rooted in an ‘inside-out’ architectural philosophy that puts the individual first.

Katrina Kostic Samen

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    Director, Workplace Experience

    Caroline advises major organisations on transformative workplace strategies. Harnessing the synergy between people, space and technology, her goal for each project is to create a high-performance workplace experience that fosters cohesion, pride, and effectiveness.

Caroline Pontifex

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    Associate Director

    With KKS since its foundation, Rebecca’s seamless practice administration ensures client value is delivered by project teams. Responsibilities include client management, project administration, human resources, facilities management and book-keeping.

Rebecca Eracleous

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    Associate Director

    Carl’s interior planning and design skills have been developed over 30 years across a wide range of industry sectors. Over his 14 years at KKS his insights regularly earn accolades for client service, speed of response and cost-effective solutions.

Carl Mitchell

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    Associate Director

    Athiná joined KKS in 2006 as Project Designer. Since then, her combination of design skills and technical expertise has been vital in the KKS approach to integrating design and strategy.

Athiná Trapezountiou

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    Associate Director

    Dan’s creative problem solving is informed by cutting-edge knowledge of workplace trends. He works with occupiers to ensure they benefit fully from their space, and with developers to maximise building usability.

Dan Gardner

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    Associate Director

    With over 20 years’ experience developing occupier strategies and their impact, Yetta’s role at KKS is essential in creating workplaces that deliver effective business performance.

Yetta Reardon Smith

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    Associate Director

    Marilize’s strength is holding a clear overview of the entire project process while being capable of engaging in and following through on each of the respective RIBA project stages

Marilize Van Dyk

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    Associate Director

    Paul brings to KKS the extensive creative experience that implies a special focus on the design process and delivery of quality detailing.

Paul Butterworth

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    Associate Director

    Ann evolves design principles by stimulating the client’s vision of their potential workplace. She ensures all elements of the design are true to the rationale and benefit the users in both form and function.

Ann MacDonald

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    Associate Director

    Brian creates environments that provide practical solutions tailored to a client’s business, while working collaboratively with the clients themselves.

Brian Keating

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    Associate

    A key strategic team member, Emma undertakes the development analysis, planning exercises and KKS Index benchmark evaluations that support KKS’s strategic advice.

Emma Kennedy

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    Associate

    Through his extensive international
    experience, Beau combines classic design principles with a technical, contemporary approach to bring a fresh and innovative perspective to projects.

Beau Becquart

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    Associate

    As senior technical design coordinator, Matthew’s focus is on buildability and compliance resulting in robust design information and quality design delivery.

Matthew Grout

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    Associate

    Jade brings creative design flair, an artistic nature and an interest in human-centric design to every project.

Jade Alvarez

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    Associate

    Oana is an Chartered Architect with over 13 years’ experience. Her strong technical knowledge combined with strong attention to detail results in quality design.

Oana Nastase

KKS is female-led and the first commercial design studio to lead with occupier strategy rather than design. Katrina’s vision is to put the occupier – the human spirit – at the heart of everything she creates. This approach to treating people as individuals, supporting their talents and providing flexibility, so that all can flourish is evident throughout the office environment at KKS. We bring the human touch to our work, building client relationships and retaining employees through our insight and nurturing quality.

KKS SAVILLS SUPPORTING TALENT IN OUR INDUSTRY

Callum McCarthy

Callum McCarthy

Intern: June – July 2013
Elena Eracleous

Elena Eracleous

Intern: July 2016
Hugo Shackleton

Hugo Shackleton

Intern: February 2017
Hannah Carson

Hannah Carson

Intern: June 2019 & September 2020

KKS Savills at play

Hannah Carson

 

I have been lucky enough to spend a total of six weeks with KKS over the past year, for an initial two weeks work experience in summer 2019, returning for a work placement September 2020 for a further four weeks. I was instantly welcomed into the team and learnt so much about all aspects of the workplace design and strategy industry. Having just graduated in July, I was pleased to be given the opportunity to develop my skills in a proper working environment. I helped put presentations together for clients, investigated post-COVID workplace strategies, converted workshop data into visuals and graphics and joined panels to listen to industry experts discuss the future of the workplace. I feel very grateful to KKS for helping me gain such invaluable experience, which ultimately set me up to get my first job in the industry.

 

I have just started my new role as a Junior Designer for Woodalls Design, and look forward to crossing paths with KKS again soon in this fascinating industry.

Hugo Shackleton

 

During the two weeks that Hugo was with KKS in February 2017, followed by a one month period in July 2019, he worked on small tasks initially revolving around getting to know how KKS approached projects. Since leaving KKS and graduating from Westminster School of Architecture with BArch Architecture (RIBA I), Hugo has been in Copenhagen progressing his career and experience with local and international firms. Firstly, Henning Larsen, a traditionally Scandinavian firm of 300 employees worldwide and then with Mikkelsen, a small studio specialising in construction and sustainable manufacturing and followed by urban design consultancy Gehl, working on master planning and city user analysis across all continents.

 

Hugo is currently completing his full architectural training in Aarhus, Denmark and will graduate in 2021.

 

Elena Eracleous

 

Elena’s work experience was in the summer of 2016, after her GCSEs. Elena loved her time at KKS and her final project presentation showed it: she produced a 34-page document filled with research, hand sketches and 3D models. Elena progressed her creative passion by studying Art, Media, Performing Arts and Drama at 6th Form. Taking advice from various colleagues at KKS, Elena decided to undertake a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design specialising in Moving Image at the University for the Creative Arts, once finishing her A levels. In September 2019, she started a BA (Hons) Illustration degree at the University for the Creative Arts.

 

Elena recently commenced her second year at university and has been asked to be the student rep for her year group.

Callum McCarthy

 

Callum was a student with KKS in the summer of 2013, which was just after he had completed his GCSEs. He then returned later that summer as an intern for an additional 3 weeks of work. Callum’s experience at KKS and guidance from Katrina was instrumental in helping Callum secure further work experience placements at WSP and CH2M; at this point in time, his aim was to pursue a career in civil engineering.

 

Callum has just graduated from a Masters in Manufacturing Engineering at Cambridge University and ended up pivoting away from civil engineering after two summer internships with Mott MacDonald. In summer 2018, Callum completed an internship with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and accepted a full-time position in their London office, starting in January 2020.