Catalina Ionita

Architect RIBA ARB, BA Hons Architecture (International) MArch Pg Cert
Catalina joined CODA in November 2018 and is currently working alongside Associate Director, Jamie Hanson, in the Manchester studio.

Cat is a Chartered Architect and is working on residential and commercial projects across the UK such as the Sky-House urban community housing project Oughtibridge, the masterplanning and regeneration of Waverley Town Centre or a Grade II Listed building conversion in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Her previous experience includes 5 years working at Whittam Cox Architects on large residential schemes, retail developments and design competitions. Cat was a key member of the successful team for the ‘Future Retail Destinations’ competition organised by The Crown Estate and The Architect’s Journal. The proposal sought to explore how retail destinations might look like in 2030 and beyond.

Cat completed her Masters degree in Architecture at Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 with a Distinction. For her thesis project ‘District Shanghai – A People Power Game’, she developed a community engagement tool in the form of a board game which aimed to encourage people from diverse backgrounds to come together and discuss the future of their neighbourhood. This project culminated with a RIBA President Medal Nomination.

During her free time, Cat enjoys mountain biking in the English countryside, as well as practising yoga, and cooking.

Cat is currently developing a PhD in Spatial Infrastructures and Distributed Agencies at Sheffield Hallam University where she is also teaching the Design Studio in the MArch course.
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