Richard Houghton


Creative Director


Richard is the Creative Director of HKD. With over 30 years of experience working in museums and science centres. He specialises in conceptual organisation and the development of interactive exhibits. He is particularly involved in the creation of destinations for shared learning and social interaction.


Kate Kneale




Kate has over 15 years experience of running a design studio and delivering complex multi-disciplinary projects from £20,000 - £2.5m. As director of HKD she manages teams of skilled architects, designers, managers, artists and researchers delivering projects which can be seen in the UK, Singapore, US, China and others.

Zara McKenzie


Project Director


Zara joined HKD in 2007 and has worked on over 30 museum and science centre projects in Singapore, Hong Kong and the UK. She is a trained illustrator and designer with a particular interest in materials and contemporary design. Zara brings both practical and creative skills to a project as well as experience of all stages of project development from concept planning to commissioning and installation.


Mia Pollak


Project Manager


Mia joined HKD in 2018 and has over twenty years experience working in the Museum and Arts sector. She brings both practical and creative skills to a project as well as the experience of all stages of project development from concept planning to commission and installation. Her work is driven by the desire to communicate subjects in engaging and fun ways, seeking to create memorable experiences for audiences.


Wei Wei X Chen


Project Designer


Weiwei is a talented multimedia designer who in his own words is addicted to new technologies. He is experienced at managing the delivery of an exhibit from creative concept planning to storyboard to detail design and final production. To supervise development of multimedia content and ensure message is consistent. From concept planning to commissioning Weiwei will storyboard and manage the multimedia games and activities in the gallery.

Tania Filip


Project Architect


Tania is a trained Architect with a specialist interest in museums. She is particularly concerned about how narratives and ideas are developed though space. She brings to the project her passion for creating engaging physical spaces that provide a platform for a range of audiences to interact, explore and inform. Tania moved from Italy to join HKD in 2015. Since joining HKD she has been able to assist on many projects at different stages of production.

Glenn Mellor


Project Designer


Glenn is a skilled project designer who trained as a graphic designer, this combined with his analytical skills honed at Law School means he absorbs complex information and distils it into compelling and unique designs. As a communication designer with strong practical skills Glenn ensures the seamless integration between exhibits, environment and graphic elements in a project.

Jenny Duff


Studio Manager


Jenny has recently joined HKD as our studio manager. She has over twenty years experience of working with arts organisations as an administrator and project manager. With a background in television production Jenny is used to managing all aspects of production including budgets, client liaison, picture copyright clearance and research.

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Rosa Garcia

Project Architect


Rosa Garcia is a Spanish architect who joined HKD in 2013. She has delivered concept, detail and technical design packages, and has experience in all aspects of exhibition design and delivery. She is a confident communicator and negotiator used to working within the team as well as presenting ideas at meetings with clients and end users.

Alfonso Buendia

Project Designer


Alfonso has 10 years of experience as a professional artist and illustrator. He has worked with HKD since 2013 and has worked on many museum and science centre projects including Climate Change gallery Singapore, Peacehaven, UK, Shanghai Planetarium masterplan proposal.

Guðrún Sigríður Haraldsdóttir MRBS

Artist & Designer


Gudrun worked alongside Richard Houghton at 3DConcepts before leaving to develop her own professional practice. She has continued to work closely with Richard Houghton and other team members at HKD delivering projects for the Science Centre Singapore and GEEK.

Dr George Forster

Science Content Advisor & Research


Dr Forster's career in science communication spans 30 years, from a PhD in micro-biology to Chief Executive of a Health Authority.  He established BoostEd in 1996. BoostEd offers consultancy services to science centres, master planning, science interpretation, interactive software specification, programme evaluation and workshop development.

Simon Carter



Simon is a specialist copywriter. He works with complex content to produce copy that is clear, convincing and easy to read. With background in print communication design Simon brings clarity to museum and science centre scripts ensuring information is delivered to the visitor in a way that makes it accessible, memorable and fun.

Nicholas Mortimer

Project Designer


Nicholas is an artist and designer he trained at the Royal College of Art his professional practice is focused on production design, exhibition design and coordination for Film, Artists projects and Museums. He is the founder of Studio Scenomatic and co founder of Scene Everything.

Paul Mumby

Graphic Designer


Paul Mumby is an experienced graphic designer, he has worked as an art director, designer and graphic artworker in Hong Kong, China and the UK. 2007 – 2012 while living and working in Beijing and Hong Kong, his clients included for Time Inc. Input/Output, Edipresse Media, Circuit 25 and Caixin Media, Beijing.


Timophy Tolio

Project Architect


Timothy is an Italian architect who graduated with a distinction. He has worked in China for 16 months as an architect/interior designer. During this Chinese experience he designed offices, shopping malls, pavilions, a small plaza and took part in the contest for Exhibition Centre of Shenzhen. His many skills include illustration, design and digital art and he uses these to increase the breadth of his practice and in creating original work.






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