Dyvik Kahlen Architects is a London based office established in 2010 by Christopher Dyvik and Max Kahlen operating across various scales and sectors in the UK, Holland, Germany and Norway, collaborating with clients ranging from public institutions and developers to artists, curators and private individuals.
Underlying our work is a desire for objects and spaces that are comfortable and strangely familiar, as much as a fascination for rational and neutral form. Our aspiration is to create good spaces that improve the quality of life of those who inhabit them, be it through a piece of furniture, a building or an urban plan.
We were recently featured in the Architecture Foundation’s ‘New Architecture 3’, a survey of the best emerging architects in the UK, selected by a jury of leading architects, critics and curators.
Christopher graduated from the Architectural Association in 2008, where he met Max Kahlen and began the collaboration that led to the founding of Dyvik Kahlen in 2010.
Max studied at Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and then at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he graduated with Honours in 2008.
Max was a tutor at Architectural Association from 2009 to 2015, running design units in the First Year, Diploma School and Media Schools. Max regularly contributes to the academic discourse as a guest critic and lecturer for leading academic institutions in London and abroad.
Before joining Dyvik Kahlen, Isabel worked as an Associate at de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM). As a key member of dRMM’s residential team, she contributed to several award winning residential projects in some of London’s major regeneration areas for over eight years including the Athlete’s Village, Trafalgar Place as part of the Elephant & Castle Regeneration and a new high end apartment building as part of the BBC Television Centre Masterplan, among others.