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Dieter Bentley-Gockmann

Director

RIBA

Directors Dieter Bentley Gockmann Director

Dieter graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University in 1995. Building on a successful decade in practice as a registered architect working on a diverse portfolio of built projects, Dieter completed a Master’s degree in Construction Law and Arbitration at King’s College, London. Following a period working as an expert witness providing reports for the benefit of the Technology and Construction division of the High Court regarding architects’ professional standards and duties, Dieter joined EPR’s technical team in 2006 and was promoted to director in 2007.

Dieter heads up EPR Technical Services and is responsible for the proficient delivery of the technical aspects of our projects across all three EPR studios. Under Dieter’s supervision, EPR Technical Services oversees and advises our project teams regarding all aspects of technical design and specification, construction best practice, legal, professional practice and professional indemnity issues. As part of Dieter’s role managing the legal and contractual aspects of our teams’ project work, which includes negotiation of and compliance with our project appointments, Dieter advises our designers with respect to statutory compliance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (including designer and principal designer duties) and the Building Regulations 2010.

Dieter maintains EPR’s RIBA Chartered Practice membership, overseeing the development and implementation of our practice policies encompassing all aspects of quality and risk management. He is a proactive member of the RIBA and has been a member of the RIBA’s Practice and Profession Committee and chaired the RIBA’s Regulations and Standards Group since 2018, having been a member of this group and its Health and Safety Advisory sub-group since 2013.

Dieter has a particular interest in sustainable architecture and has been the driving force behind EPR’s membership of the UK Green Building Council since 2010. Dieter is a former member of the UK-GBC’s Policy and Membership Committees (2010-2013) and was instrumental in EPR’s sponsorship and subsequent development of the UK-GBC’s ‘Pinpoint’ digital sustainable construction information platform in 2012. Dieter completed the design and construction of his own custom-build sustainable ‘underground’ home in 2016.

Outside of his commitments at EPR, Dieter is a contributor and champion for many successful initiatives including:

Member of the RIBA’s Plan of Work 2020 review group (2017-2020) and contributor to the health and safety content for the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 Overview guidance.

Member and subsequently co-chair of the RIBA’s equality, diversity and inclusion advisory group, Architects for Change (2012-2018) and a regular mentor for the ‘Built by Us’ FLUID diversity mentoring scheme since 2013.

Consultation group member for work being undertaken by the Architects Registration Board (ARB), in conjunction with the RIBA, to review the knowledge criteria for Part I, II and III architecture students with respect to life and fire safety. This work aligns with wider industry initiatives aimed at improving the competence of professionals working in the construction industry in light of the Hackitt Review and anticipated Building Safety Act.

Contributor to work by the RIBA to develop a mandatory health and safety competency test for RIBA members, due to be introduced in 2021. As part of this project, Dieter has been commissioned by the RIBA to write a guide to health and safety, including fire and life safety, for architects, which was published in October 2020.

Member of the NLA Expert Panel on Technical Competency which focuses on developing thought-leadership around improving technical competency in the detailed design and delivery of buildings in London, including fire safety and material performance, building regulations and procurement, modern methods of construction and digital collaboration.