Team

Michael J. Schienke

Michael J. Schienke

RIBA ARB BIID CROA AKNW SARP MSc Arch SPAB

Before setting up his own practice Michael worked for some of the top practices in London, such as Winch Design and Argent Design, to name only a few. He worked on prestigious properties in London, as well as abroad, on luxury island houses and yachts. Michael J. Schienke also gained valuable first-hand knowledge of the build stage as a project manager in construction companies. His work experience also includes working on offices, high-rise buildings, shopping centers, student accommodation, and multi-family housing.

Michael was educated in Germany, Poland, and Sweden.  He is fluent in both German, French and Polish, and registered as an architect in the UK, France, and Germany.

 

“When working with Clients, the most important lesson I learned was that good communication is essential throughout the process. If your client and team knows what is happening and why and what is going to happen, everyone will contribute more. A single point of contact from start to finish gives our Clients piece of mind. This also prevents issues and misunderstandings. This has been VORBILDs motto ever since.”

 

Apart from his love of architecture, Michael favors spending time traveling, sailing, and writing or spending precious time with his family. To keep track of what is happening, follow us on Instagram. You can also see our vorbildtour series and if you are passionate about supporting young emerging talents – support RADA like us.

Karolina Schienke

Karolina Schienke

Karolina heads our purchasing team and takes care of public relations.  Being trained at the Chelsea College of Arts in interior design, she supports our design team.  Karolina has also practiced Feng Shui, for anyone looking for a special touch to their home design.

Karolina has sound business management and accounting background. She gained an invaluable set of skills when after having left the corporate industry, she worked for property developers and construction companies.

 

Teresa

Teresa

Teresa has been with us for several years and is a very important member of the team. Some of the projects Teresa worked on are the lovely house in Kilburn and the duplex apartment in Hampstead and very recently this gorgeous Portland Place apartment.These are but a few of the ones which landed on her desk, and it is a privilege working with her. Teresa is very meticulous in her work and helps us stay on time with many projects.

Teresa likes to travel. Before Covid, she has recently completed an amazing round trip in South America and Southeast Asia, gaining the energy for more projects.

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Sandra

Sandra

We have worked on so many projects together, it is difficult to count them all. Sandras attention to detail is remarkable. The one most recently completed projects are these two adjacent dormers and their interiors, and every year will see several of her projects being completed. We are mostly awaiting this historical refurbishment in Bickley to get to the construction stage.

Sandra is helping us focus on several very detailed projects. Sandra is with us since 2016. She has cemented (no pun intended!) her position as one of the key members of the team. Her next big project will be this family house in Mill Hill and a beautiful house in West Hampstead.

She is now heading up several large extensions at the moment, as well as a ground floor apartment in North London and now a large detached house in Hendon.

Kasia Stefanska

Kasia Stefanska

Kasia is our main South of France interior designer, and we are working together on our South of France projects – some of which we wish we could share with you. There might be little hints dropped from time to time on our Instagram page.

Her experience in residential and commercial projects is invaluable, and her attention to detail helps everyone on the team to stay on track on even the most intricate projects.

If you visit our office with showroom (open in spring 2021), she will be happy to help you.

Katarzyna (Kate)

Katarzyna (Kate)

Kasia has been with us since 2016, and she is heading our 3D/VR project implementation. Every year, several important projects in London and the South of France are on the way thanks to Kasia. Kasia is also instrumental in helping our joinery design arm to prepare easy to understand and buildable joinery.

She is also leading several of our South of France projects. Since 2019 she is also one of two members of our team working on confidential projects in Africa and the South of France.

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Robert

Robert

Robert is a qualified structural engineer, and therefore an indispensable team member. If the project is in the UK, then of course Robert is “our man” when it comes to structural calculations and drawings. For our projects abroad he is very helpful in checking our designs. Then they require very little changes when they are being signed off by local engineers.

Without a structural engineer like Robert, no tender set or construction would be complete. His quick turnaround and expert knowledge of construction techniques is priceless.

If you are unsure if your project requires a structural engineer, read this helpful article.

Michael

Michael

Michael and his wife Olga finished their Masters Degree in Architecture, and they live and work together. Their most recently completed project is the amazing Church penthouse in St. Johns Wood and now they are working on two South of France projects.

Michael is also great when it comes to detailed renderings and has prepared lots of them for us over the years. You can see most of his creations on our Projects pages.

Olga

Olga

Together with Michael, she is focusing on our projects in St Johns Wood and any marble and stone details. Both have worked on this amazing Greenwich penthouse, as well as one of our first South of France project, this apartment in Nice.

Over the years we have come to depend on their visualisation and rendering skills.

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Dominika

Dominika

Dominika is our landscape specialist. She helps us expand our services to landscape design and planting advice, for our UK and French projects alike.

Dominika has been instrumental in supplementing our “start-to-finish” design service with the landscaping design. On selected projects, we still collaborate with larger landscaping design practices.

Anna

Anna

Anna has been with us since 2016. She is focusing on our London projects, including this stunning Queens Park extension. Anna also works on our special restaurant train design. She is also heavily involved in cataloguing our inspirational images on Pinterest as well as defining out presentation style.

Angelika

Angelika

Angelika is our freehand drawing expert, and has a great eye for interior design and styling. She is incredibly helpful at an early stage when designing the interiors, as well as capturing the mood of a space.

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Maria

Maria

Maria is our local representative in Ibiza and Mallorca. She completes our team for this area and her natural communication skills as well as wealth of experience makes her a joy to work with.

Aurélye

Aurélye

Aurélye is our South of France local representative. Her local knowledge as well as experience is a great addition to the team. Aurélye designed restaurants, boutique design, and hospitality.

Svetlana

Svetlana

Our newest team member is Svetlana. Her experience in construction and management will be invaluable for our site coordination and client supply items.

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Francesco

Francesco

Francesco is our Italian speaking South of France project manager and interior designer with many years of experience under his belt.