Derek Elliott

Derek Elliott

BSc (Hons), B Arch, RIBA

Managing Director

Derek is the managing director of Kay Elliott which he established in 1978 with Harold Kay. Under Derek’s direction the office has grown steadily from a local practice to an international design studio employing over 30 staff operating in 24 countries on 4 continents. He oversees all the projects in the office but takes a special interest in the attractions and leisure sector work and regularly travels between the international project sites. Derek is an intuitive designer and always brings original thinking to a design proposition.

His extensive knowledge of design, the development and leisure industries give him a particular insight into the opportunities and the qualities which enable projects to flourish. His wide ranging portfolio of work and the wealth of experience which spans from waterfront regeneration to zoological exhibit, from masterplanning to the finishing detail, are testament to his approach and the energy he invests in the practice.

Creativity, fun and dedication define what we do as a practice. Few practices give designers at every level the opportunity to work on such diverse and interesting projects. The nature and variety of our work demands imagination and initiative.

Our dedicated studio of over 35 is a place where innovation flourishes, with designers united by a passion to create exceptional spaces. Where we work stimulates and inspires us. Devon offers a unique balanced lifestyle and working environment. If you believe you have something special too, we want to hear from you.

We enjoy excellent relationships with practices around the world, enabling us to manage large and complex projects. If you believe we could work well together, we want to hear from you.

If you are a client that would benefit from inspiration and innovation, informed by financial understanding, we would be delighted to hear from you too.