Mark Pellant – Design & Technical Director
After 7 years training and graduating with distinction from the University of Brighton Mark worked for a number of internationally acclaimed, design-led architecture practices including Conran & Partners and Sheppard Robson in London. Mark gained extensive project experience in the housing, commercial, education and health sectors and also worked in Australia for Group GSA Architects on the Sydney International Shooting Centre for the 2000 Olympics. Mark now serves on the Architects Design Review Panel for Eastbourne Borough Council and has been a fully chartered and registered architect for over 25 years.
In the mid-1990s Mark spent over 3 years travelling overland through Africa, Asia and South America. Not only were these travels hugely influential in terms of exposure to alternative world culture, architecture and design, they were a sobering experience highlighting global environmental devastation and the onset of climate change. He witnessed first-hand glaciers retreating, flooding, drought, polluted seas and beaches, deforestation and wide-spread poverty.
Following this experience Mark resolved to make a difference in both his personal and professional life and in March 2000 he established his own practice – Koru Architects – with the intention of designing sustainable, low-energy buildings that would reduce carbon emissions and promote the use of healthy, natural and sustainable materials.
Mark says “Passiv Pod will give everyone an opportunity to experience a healthy lifestyle in an inspirational space connected to nature, and will demonstrate the benefits and wellbeing of sustainable, off-grid leisure, living and learning.”
Clive Bonny – Commercial Director
Clive began his career in construction on building sites after leaving college. He has worked in public and private sectors with environmental consultancies, innovation designers, material specifiers, and new product providers. He founded business support consultancy Strategic Management Partners in 1990, designing and managing projects across the construction supply chain including for Green Growth Platform, Organic Roofs, Southern Land Services, Astound Facilities and many other businesses.
Clive has been a Gold Award holder for Responsible Business Standards since 2012. He is passionate about conservation sustaining the quality of life. He is a founding Trustee of the charity Beacon Hub Brighton, reclaiming unused community open space for environmental education.
Clive says “I’m especially looking forward to seeing schools adopt PassivPod as a unique outdoor classrooms to stimulate learning in a unique clean air space. Let’s encourage the next generation to practice what we preach.”
Issi Rousseva – Architect
Issi has worked in architecture for over five years, on projects covering both residential and commercial sectors. She has a strong interest in renewable energy and zero carbon design and most of her proposals incorporate low energy technologies and natural materials.
Issi has worked on architectural projects across Europe giving her an insight into the international diversity of architectural styles and building regulations. Before she started her career in architecture, Issi worked for four years as a Section Commander at the University of London Officer Training Corps, where she trained cadets and picked up strong leadership and management skills.
Issi says “I’m excited about utilising innovative green technologies to create a unique and luxurious holiday experience that is zero-carbon”.
Oscar Berkhout – Communications & Marketing Officer
Oscar was born and raised in Berkshire, before moving to Brighton in 2014 to undertake a degree in Journalism at the University of Sussex. Graduating the summer of 2017, he has started a Marketing and Communications Internship with Koru Architects.
Previously, Oscar has worked for The Independent, where he contributed regular features to the website, as well as being involved with a marketing campaign for the i Newspaper. Since, he has been involved in multiple start-up businesses around Brighton, broadening his marketing and communication skills, including managing social media, PR, networking and content creating.
Aylin Metin – Architectural Assistant
Aylin is the newest member of the team, having joined Koru Architects as an Architectural Assistant in February 2017 to support Mark on design work for all our projects. She is currently finishing her Part II Masters Degree in Architecture at the University of Kent, where her dissertation is on improving the quality of urban life through waterfront developments. She holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth, where she worked on a wide range of design projects and picked up skills in digital architectural design and image editing software and hand sketching. Before starting at Koru Architects she previously worked at What Architecture in London as an Architectural Assistant. Aylin learnt to draw at practically the same time as learning to walk, and has always loved art and photography. She is multilingual, speaking four languages.