About us

 

AG Design & Construction is a design/build architectural practice based in London, offering highly integrated services across the entire project life cycle. We have extensive experience overseeing projects for a broad range of sectors including residential new build, extensions, renovations to commercial, education, leisure and landscape. We take pride in creating bespoke, detailed buildings which respond sympathetically to their context.  

 Having worked with architects and builders at different scales and types, we have the holistic and proactive approach to analyse risks from briefing stages, ensuring projects meet the quality, safety, environmental standards while progressing efficiently to budget and on time. We are focused on exceeding clients’ expectations, having delivered successful projects for world-class clients.

 The practice was founded by Raquel Aquino in 2015 after spending more than 10 year acquiring international experience as well as working in award winning architectural practices. We are a thriving organisation passionate about playing an active role in improving the design and construction process across the private and public sector, both UK and internationally.

BIM  

Building Information Modelling

As technology advances, design practices needed to embrace and stay abreast with the evolving way in which the construction sector operates. As such, AG Design & Construction was an early adopter of BIM and developed digital technologies to improve the design process and decision making, communication of ideas, coordination. BIM is now an integral part of our design process and is beneficial even for small scale projects as this allows us to offer services and tools to build computer-generated models of our designs that contain embedded information about digital object design, construction as well as operation.

BIM processes add great value for our clients as it gives us the opportunity for collaborative working as it consolidates data within one model to construct the building. This can then grow into consistent and evolving digital information that can be utilised to optimise the buildings construction as well as operation. Having implemented BIM on multiple projects we now have a deep understanding and utilise it across the entire project cycle. Our experience in BIM has enabled us to be clear about our approach and the benefits that it offers to our clients, teams and stakeholders.  

 

Our team

 

Raquel G Aquino

Arch (Hons), DipArch. ARB RIBA

 Founder & Managing Director

 With over 15 years of experience as an Architectural professional with Master in Business and Construction Management, Raquel founded the practice in 2015. She further completed her

Part 3 in Architecture from Bartlett School of Architecture in 2018. Her passion and expertise particularly lies in execution of complex design & build schemes through to construction and she continues to direct design on many AG projects.

 Raquel’s in-depth knowledge of Construction contracts, tender processes and project management which goes beyond just designing is highly valued by her clients. She works closely right from the feasibility stages to understanding the project financing and viability thus ensuring the project runs as smoothly during its entire build stage until the handover.

 She has acquired excellent design and construction understanding from extensive international experience. She has worked as project lead in AJ100 studios including AECOM before starting her practice. She has been involved in a variety of projects, ranging from small up to the large scale of iconic buildings such as the National Theatre, London and Five Star Hotel Park Hyatt, Spain.

 As a founding and Managing Director Raquel’s role is to ensure the quality of the designs produced by her team remains second to none and continues to drive the business forward working on large range of projects supported by AG’s skilled team.

Neha A Palkar

BArch (Hons), MPlan, DipArch. ARB RIBA

Design Director

As Design Director Neha looks after the everyday business operations focusing primarily on the design functions. She has architectural qualifications both form India as well as from the UK. Managing our amazing team of architects and designers, Neha is responsible for quality control and ensures that AG design construction constantly delivers quality services to clients.

Neha joined the practice as an Associate director in 2020. She is an experienced Architectural and Technical professional with a demonstrated history of working on Mixed-use, Commercial & Residential projects utilising BIM throughout the Design and Construction stages.

Her previous experience included working with AJ100 practice such as Broadway Malyan. She has worked with large developers such as Barratts Home, St George Homes and  Willmott Dixon. Her strengths lie in aligning design integrity with commercial value ensuring projects achieve technical & regulatory compliance throughout the design process and within budget, without compromising the design. Aside from work, Neha likes to sketch and paint as well as loves to travel and spend time with her family.