Architect – Partner
Duncan Polidano is a co-founder and managing director at Architecture XV. He has senior management experience obtained within reputable local and international architectural and structural engineering consultancy firms, being responsible for team leadership, organising efficient workflow patterns between various design teams and for project design co-ordination.
Duncan is also an experienced structural engineer, having obtained a master’s degree in structural design and bridge engineering from the University of Surrey, with skills in concrete, steel and masonry design. Duncan has consulted on various large construction projects in Malta demanding challenging civil and structural engineering solutions.
Besides being a warranted architect, Duncan has various affiliations which include membership with the Institution of Structural Engineers UK and the European Chartered Engineers (Eur.Ing), F.E.A.N.I.
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. In the initial years, Edward worked on various building conservation and masterplan projects, including the rehabilitation of Fort Manoel, Fort Tigné and Lazzaretto complex, during which time he also 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.
Daniela Zammit is a Senior Architect at Architecture XV, having graduated in architecture and civil engineering from the University of Malta in 2001 and furthered her studies in project management.
She worked on various medium to large scale projects, gaining experience in the multifaceted aspects of the profession and developing a keen interest in architectural design and interior design. Daniela steers the design processes at the office and strives to design and deliver functional yet gratifying built environments.
Glorianne Camenzuli graduated in architecture and civil engineering from the University of Malta in 2013. She was awarded the warrant of Perit in 2015 and joined Architecture XV a few months later. Her main role within the company involves the overseeing of planning-related projects, from the initial feasibility studies to post-permit requirements. As a result, she gained knowledge on planning policies and legal notices whilst also acquiring experience in property valuations. Glorianne is also passionate about architectural design and heritage, with a keen interest in conservation.
Architect and Civil Engineer
Martina Azzopardi is a warranted Architect and Civil Engineer. She graduated from the University of Malta in 2014 and was obtained her warrant of Perit in 2016. Martina joined Architecture XV team in 2015 taking on diverse roles primarily within areas of structural engineering and project management. She worked on a variety of projects, ranging from small to medium scale residential properties to larger scale commercial developments, steering the project from the post-permit stage through the execution stage.
Ryan Grech graduated in Built Environment Studies from the University of Malta, and further reading for a master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies. He later obtained the warrant of Perit in 2019, following some years working in general architectural practice. Ryan joined Architecture XV to focus primarily on heritage and conservation project, steering projects from concept stage to procurement and implementation, as well as liaising with different stakeholders. Ryan retrieves great satisfaction by working in the area of conservation, contributing towards the safeguarding of local heritage.
Jean Pierre Attard
Jean Pierre Attard joined Architecture XV as an architect, having completed his academic studies and obtaining his master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies from the University of Malta. His role within the firm sees him involved in the conducting of property valuations and feasibility studies as well as coordinating architectural projects related to design and conservation of built heritage.
Farooq Al-Obaidi is a structural engineer with significant experience and expertise in using advanced structural analysis software and BIM modelling applications ranging from infrastructure projects to superstructure design, including residential, commercial, industrial, and warehouse structures. He possesses a competent understanding of most building materials, including concrete, steel, and masonry.
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.
Nicola von Brockdorff
Nicola von Brockdorff is a Junior Architect at Architecture XV, having graduated with a Masters in Architecture and Conservation Studies in 2020. Her passion and projects at Architecture XV consist of design and conservation concepts as well as planning. She has a particular eye for detail, with a special interest in the layers of meaning within renovation projects, that create an interplay where old meets new. Her other interests include finding inspiration from art and merging art into architecture.
Kimberley Bonello is a Junior Architect at Architecture XV. She has recently completed her academic studies in 2021 attaining a master’s degree in Architecture and Conservation Studies at the University of Malta. With a keen interest in architectural heritage, particularly the rehabilitation of buildings, her role within Architecture XV sees her assisting in design and restoration projects. She is also involved in the preparation of documents and drawings for planning applications.
Junior Structural Engineer
Kurt Sapiano is a Junior Structural Engineer at Architecture XV and obtained his master’s degree in Structural Engineering with Project Management in 2021 from the University of Malta. His role within the firm sees him involved in various structural design projects, mainly helping in the design and detailing of project schemes and the preparation of structural design packages.
Junior Structural Engineer
Roberta Lima obtained her master’s degree in civil engineering and architecture from the University of Palermo and sat for a double degree from the University of Madrid in Building engineering. She joined Architecture XV as soon as graduated as Junior Structural Engineer and approaches design project meticulously and enthusiasm. Roberta also has a deep appreciation for building conservation and restoration.
Senior CAD Technician
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 projects in Malta, with a major focus on structural drafting and detailing. Cliff occupies the role of Senior CAD Technician within Architecture XV and is responsible for managing the preparation and issuing of drawing packages.
Archith Singh Pathy Amarsingh graduated from Yerevan State University of architecture and construction in Armenia with a degree in Building Design Engineering. Having previously worked as a site engineer in India, he also focused on drafting and detailing. He is now using this experience to further his career with Architecture XV where he develops concepts and layouts at design development stage. Archith also has a keen interest in BIM and contemporary architecture.
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.
Kim Farrugia is following an Internship at 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. Kim takes the role of an architect’s assistant and works on various projects in the fields of architectural design, planning, building conservation and structural design.