Suzette Vela Burkett
UK Managing Director
Aukett Swanke

Suzette is a Managing Director of the UK practice and is a member of the Group Management Board.

A highly creative architect, she has international experience on architectural and interior design projects in the office, retail, mixed use and hotels sectors, and in fast track new builds to complex heritage buildings. Her special interests include the challenges of refurbishment and working with large, complex buildings to maximise design opportunity and commercial return, creating value for clients.

She has a strong collaborative approach, from aligning the right people to initiate a project to leading the team to deliver it. She has collaborated with many other international designers and enjoys the ‘whole building’ experience:  architecture and its journey through to the final detail of interior design.

Recent projects include a phased refurbishment of the 1930’s Adelphi building on the Thames’ north bank for Blackstone Properties, in which new atriums were introduced into the innovative ‘Double-E’ layout to draw natural light deep into the office floorplate. As lead architects on the conversion of the former Port of London Authority building into the Four Seasons Hotel and Apartments for Reignwood, Suzette and her team have collaborated closely with an international project team including craftsmen and artisans to create a thoroughly contemporary blend of history and hospitality.