Mr Dusan Decermic

I was born in Belgrade, Serbia in 1962. My father was an actor and my mother taught political science. Following mandatory army national service my family including myself moved to London. I decided to continue my education by studying architecture at the Polytechnic of Central London ( now Westminster University ). I graduated with a Diploma in Architecture in 1989. I worked for Rick Mather Architects and Stanton Williams before setting up my own practice, arclab in 1999. As well as running my own practice I have taught design at Brighton, Kingston, and Nottingham Trent universities. My association with Westminster, this time as a lecturer continued in 1999 when I started running a Diploma studio, which was expanded by becoming part of the teaching team on the new MA Interior Design course.

After ten years of running a practice, I needed a new challenge and wanted to open up more scope for research and reflection on my career as an architect that started back in 1989. The chance came in 2008 when I was offered to take a position of a Senior Lecturer in Professional Practice at Westminster. Since my decision was already made, I accepted the academic position and closed the practice in April 2009.

Architectural practice

  • 1999 - present arclab ( Director ) New private housing block, Camberwell, London
  • New hotel, Ilford, London
  • Africa House, main foyer refurbishment, London
  • Woodside Cottage, Herefordshire
  • King's Avenue, private house refurbishment, London
  • 41 Chaucer Road, family house extension, London
  • 19 Wesley Square, private apartment refurbishment, London
  • "Schumann", theatre set design, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 1995 - 1999 Stanton Williams ( Senior Architect, Project Architect ) Issey Miyake, new flagship store at Conduit Street, London
  • Museum and Visitor Centre for English Heritage on Whitby Abbey site
  • The Royal National Theatre refurbishment
  • New building for Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London
  • Millennium Seed Bank in Wakehurst Place
  • Winning competition entry for the new office building at
  • No 5 Brindley Place, Birmingham
  • 1994 Munkenbeck and Marshall ( Architect ) Competition for the extention of Lycee Francaise
  • 1993 - 1994 AEM Studio ( Associate ) New leisure complex for North Kensington Amienity Trust
  • New editing suite for JCA TV studios, West London
  • 1992 - 1993 Private Practice ( Principal ) Private Residence, St. Lucia, West Indies
  • Private residence refurbishment, West London
  • Private residence, one off furniture commissions, Belgravia, London
  • 1989 - 1992 Rick Mather Architects ( Architectural assistant, Architect ) Student residences, Keble College, Oxford

  • Architectural History and Theory