Architect – Partner
Duncan Polidano is a co-founder and managing director at Architecture XV. He is an experienced structural engineer with skills in concrete, steel and masonry design, having been employed on large construction projects in Malta demanding challenging civil and structural engineering solutions. He has extensive experience in the use of advanced structural analysis and design software applications which assisted in delivering comprehensive design solutions within reasonably fast timeframes. Duncan has senior management experience obtained within architectural and structural engineering consultancy firms, responsible for organising efficient workflow patterns between various design teams and for controlling the design process. Besides being a warranted architect Duncan has various affiliations which include:
Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK
European Chartered Engineer (Eur.Ing), F.E.A.N.I.
Member of the International Masonry Society UK
Member of SBE Malta (Sustainable Built Environment Malta)
Member of the Malta BNI De Redin Chapter
Architect – Partner
Edward Said is a co-founder and heritage consultant at Architecture XV. He studied architecture at the University of Malta, graduating in 2005. He subsequently joined aoM Partnership where he worked on various building conservation and masterplan projects, including the rehabilitation of Fort Manoel, Fort Tigné and Lazzaretto complex. Afterwards he remained a consultant to Midi plc on matters relating to heritage and presently assumes the role of curator of Fort Manoel. During this time, he read for a post-graduate degree in historic building conservation at the University of Malta.
In 2012 he obtained a master’s degree in the conservation of historic gardens and cultural landscapes from the University of Bath. He carried on his own practice in Malta through to 2015, offering general architectural services though largely focusing on consultancy related to historic building conservation. In recent years, he has worked on several high-profile projects including the restoration of Forts St Elmo, St Angelo and the Macina at Senglea.
As a side endeavour, Edward carries out research on Maltese architectural history and has published various papers on the subject.
Martina Cauchi leads the Structures and Project Management Team within Architecture XV. She obtained her Bachelor of Engineering and Architecture from the University of Malta in 2014, gaining experience in project management prior to joining the team in 2015. Her main role involves managing projects from the structural design stage and assisting clients with the project mobilization, implementation and completion.
Glorianne Camenzuli graduated in architecture and civil engineering from the University of Malta in 2013. She obtained the warrant of Perit in 2015 and joined the Architecture XV team a few months later. Her current role is to steer the Architecture & Restoration Team whilst overseeing projects largely necessitating planning and restoration processes. Glorianne is also well versed in planning policies, legal notices and is competent in property valuations.
Bernice Darmanin is an architect and civil engineer within Architecture XV. Following her undergraduate studies at the University of Malta, she obtained her warrant in 2015, and has become a certified EPB Assessor for Dwellings. With a strong interest in conservation, she is currently reading for her MSc. in Conservation Technology for Masonry Buildings. Having experience in public procurement, her role mainly necessitates the preparation of tender packages while her diverse background also sees her involved in projects related to architectural and structural design.
Jean Pierre Attard
Jean Pierre Attard is a junior architect at Architecture XV, having completed his academic studies and obtaining his master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies from the University of Malta. With a keen interest in architectural heritage and in-particular the conservation of urban areas, his role within the Architecture & Restoration Team sees him involved in architectural projects related to design and restoration as well as being proficient in property valuations.
David Ellul sat for a diploma in Design Foundation and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Built Environment Studies from the University of Malta. He pursued his master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design, graduating as an architect in 2018. His role within Architecture XV consists mainly of steering design-oriented projects related to architectural and urban schemes. David also has a keen interest in the history of Maltese architecture in particular the developments and movements that shaped 20th century building trends.
Cheryl Deguara has completed her academic studies in 2019 attaining a master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies at the University of Malta. Within Architecture XV she revolves around architectural projects that are related to design, in preparation for the Planning Authority. Cheryl also has at heart the historic evolution of urban streetscapes and their conservation.
Farooq Al-Obaidi is a Structural Engineer. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Malaysia in 2017. His primary role involves work in structural engineering, including building design and modeling. Having started his career in southeast Asia and Turkey his work experience has contributed to his professional competence ranging from infrastructure projects to superstructure design, including residential, commercial, industrial, and warehouse structures, as well as a competent understanding of most building materials, including concrete, steel, and masonry. He has significant experience and expertise in using design software applications and advanced structural analysis.
Cliff Cilia graduated from MCAST Institute of Building and Construction as a Civil Draftsperson in 2005. Throughout his career, Cliff has gained considerable experience on a number of diverse projects in Malta, with a major focus on structural drafting and detailed design.
Joan Portelli is the office administrator at Architecture XV. Coming from a long career in banking, Joan is experienced in people management, organisational skills and problem-solving. She oversees the firm’s day-to-day business proceedings and is the ‘go-to person’ on administrative matters.
Karen Abela is an administrator at Architecture XV. Having a seasoned background in the tourism industry, primarily with English language schools, Karen through this experience, ensures good communication internally as well as with clients and other personnel dealing with the office. She also assists in the day-to-day administrative matters at Architecture XV.
David Cilia has recently obtained his Bachelor in Built Environment Studies at the University of Malta and is currently reading for his master’s degree in Structural Engineering. His role within the Structures and Project Management Team sees him involved in several ongoing structural and civil engineering projects.
Judith Hunter will be graduating with a Bachelor in Built Environment Studies at the University of Malta in 2019. She has recently had the opportunity of studying at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, immersing herself in Rome’s architectural history and the restoration techniques implemented on its ancient structures. She is presently working as a student intern within the Architecture & Restoration Team at Architecture XV and intends to pursue her master’s degree in Architecture Design over the next few years.
Kurt Sapiano is a student intern who has recently obtained his Bachelor in Built Environment Studies. He is now pursuing a master’s degree in Structures and Project Management within the Faculty for the Built Environment. His role as a student intern with the Structures and Project Management Team at Architecture XV sees him gain experience in the field he intends to focus on during his Master’s course by assisting on several structural engineering projects.
Kimberley Bonello graduated with a Diploma in Design Foundation Studies in 2016 and will be attaining a Bachelor in Built Environment Studies degree at the University of Malta towards the end of 2019. She currently forms part of the Architecture & Restoration team within Architecture XV as a student intern with the intention of pursuing a master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies over the coming years.
Kim Farrugia is a student intern within Architecture XV. She is currently reading for her Bachelor of Science in Built Environment Studies and intends to pursue her master’s degree in Structural Engineering. Her diverse interest in various architectural fields sees her working on projects of both the Architecture and Restoration Team as well as the Structures and Project Management Team.