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ACA+I is a multi-disciplinary consultancy with substantial experience in Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Conservation and Residential sectors.

Our mission is to create healthier and happier experiences for everybody.

Alessandro Caruso, ACA’s co-founder, suffered an almost fatal motorbike crash in 1994. Consequently he spent 6 months confined to a hospital bed, in a miserable, noisy, clinical environment.

Thereafter, upon recovery and grateful for the second chance, Alessandro was inspired. As a result, he promised himself to design better building environments for any user group.

Accordingly, ACA’s mission is to create healthier and happier buildings for everybody.

Learning about our Clients’ priorities and research is crucial to our design approach, based on continuous learning and innovation.

Together with his wife Amelia, Alessandro carefully selects, like-minded, culturally diverse and talented people to form ACA’s team.

ACA’s headquarters is based in Beverley, East Yorkshire, with offices in Doncaster and Richmond, London.

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“We don’t just design buildings, we enhance lives, build sustainable community living spaces and deliver functionality with a dash of Italian flair.”

Key ACA Team Members

Alessandro Caruso

Originally from Sicily, Alex is a specialist consultant in Design for Dementia and has over 25 years of experience working in Spain, Italy and the UK in the Healthcare, Education, Commercial, Conservation and Residential sectors.

As a professional member of RIBA, MAPM, RMaPs and IHBC, he enjoys working with collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams, creating synergies. Alex’s work really is his passion and he thrives at designing your brief and developing concept designs. His attention to detail is carried forward at every stage to ensure continuity and quality of design. Alex selects materials innovatively, whilst respecting the local environment.

Alex is also responsible for the management strategy and organic business development of ACA, developing and implementing strategies that enhance the Practice profile and expanding ACA’s influence in the areas of specialism offered.

With a strong belief in sharing knowledge and best practice whenever possible, he attends many national and international conferences, conventions, colleges and universities, where he delivers his own presentations about his experiences and discovery within the industry.

If and when Alex has any downtime, he enjoys travelling and visiting places of architectural interest, cycling, going to the theatre and cinema.

Amelia Caruso

Amelia graduated with a BA (Hons) in Law & Business in 1996. At the start of her career, she taught Business English in global companies and government ministries in Spain and Italy, where she mastered both languages. Over the years, she has accumulated extensive experience teaching adults in both public and private organisations in the UK and managed her own small business teaching Italian to adults.

As the wife of an Architect whose work is his hobby, it has been impossible not to become interested and involved in design and Amelia has always enjoyed contributing to many of Alex’s projects and supporting Alex with bid writing. It made sense to create the fusion of two completely opposite, yet complementary individuals to form a company together and so ACA was set up.

Amelia’s people and communication skills encourage an empathetic relationship with ACA’s staff and Clients. Amelia’s role is to ensure that the Practice runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis and she looks after ACA’s finance, administration, business development and HR.

Amelia shares Alex’s passion to develop the Practice and above all to ensure that ACA’s Clients are well looked after.

In Amelia’s spare time, she sings in a choir, studies classical singing, keeps fit and likes to read about and experiment with natural remedies.

Dr Alison Rose- Quirie

Early career as a Prison Governor, first operational female into Wandsworth prison and youngest Governor of a male prison on transfer to the independent sector. MD of GSL (now G4S) prisons and immigration and advised on international development projects.

Changed career path to Secure mental health as MD for Priory and later Care UK. Lead the development of innovative rehabilitation services and a unique philosophy of care, always putting the service user at the very heart of the business. She was, twice, elected to Chair the Independent Mental Health Alliance and championed the cause of the sector and service users. Involved in Parliamentary Groups, Ministerial Advisory Groups and co- authored, “The Pursuit of Happiness, a new ambition for our Mental Health services in 2014”.
Until taking the decision to step out of operational management, Alison was the CEO of the multi award winning Swanton Care and Community, Alison is on the Board of Care England and a founder trustee of Learning disability England. She is a visiting Chair for the CQC and a Special Advisor for the LGA for Peer Reviews of Commissioning for Better Outcomes

Austin Warnes

Austin has over 16 years of experience within the construction health and safety sector working on Blue Chip projects in London and the South East including the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel and several phases of St Bartholomew’s Hospital redevelopment.

Currently a Technical Member of IOSH with associate membership of IIRSM and IEMA and with a broad range of training skills, he has a methodical and thorough work ethic with a fine attention to detail.

With a background in Law Enforcement, Safety has become a vocation rather than just another job and that passion is evident in his work.

Austin believes that all accidents are avoidable and strives to ensure that all projects start safely and finish the same way.

Austin has recently embarked on a fitness regime, regularly cycling in excess of 25 miles every weekend and enjoys long walks with his dog.

Lee Whitley

Lee’s experience and knowledge of construction combined with in depth knowledge of various drawing packages enable him to produce a vast amount of drawings with speed, accuracy and excellent presentation.

Lee’s site-based experience enables him to take a pragmatic approach to providing alternative details where required and has excellent attention to detail.

He confidently sees projects through the construction phase in accordance with the contractors’ needs.

Kornel Witkowski

Kornel graduated with a Master of Architecture at Hull School of Art & Design in July 2019.

Furthermore, his work has been selected for the President’s Silver Medal  award category at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).  Soon, the winner will be announced in London, on 3rd December 2019.

Born in Poland, Kornel moved to England when he was 12 and has learnt the language and furthered his studies.

Kornel is passionate about refining his 3D modelling abilities and visualisations in bringing projects to life.

Kornel also enjoys reading, travelling, tennis and jogging.

Sonia Kopacz

Sonia recently completed a Master of  Interior Architecture and Design at the University of Lincoln.

Born in Poland, Sonia moved to England when she was 13. She went to an Art & Design primary school in Poland and since then has developed her interests in creativity and interior design approaches.

Sonia specialises in interior design, in order to promote a healthy interior environment.

Sonia also enjoys travelling and playing The Sims!

Martin Taglianetti

Martin graduated with full marks in Architecture at the University of Florence in March 2019 and has won first prize in June 2019 for his thesis in the Premio Carlo Pucci. Martin’s thesis focused on the knowledge and valorisation of the entire medieval walls of Prato.

Martin was born in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy, in 1993.  He spent most of his life in Prato before joining ACA in Beverley.

Furthermore, Martin studied architecture at universities in both Florence and Madrid (UPM – ETSAM).

He is passionate about architectural design, particularly environmental sustainability, the enhancement and restoration of historic and cultural heritage and urban planning.

In his spare time Martin loves travelling, practising martial arts and acting in the theatre.

Here at ACA Martin works as an integral part of our design team.


Nazia Hussain

Nazia is one of ACA’s Design Associates, she completed her M.A in Muslim Cultures from The Aga Khan University in London. Nazia is a qualified Architect following a five-year Architecture Design Degree with Honours.

Before joining ACA, Nazia worked on Conservation and Design projects.  She was associated with a UNESCO award-winning project on Shahi Hammams (Royal Baths) in the walled city of Lahore, Pakistan.

Nazia takes great interest not only in Architectural Design projects, but also in interior design and colour schemes using a variety of textures and colours. Nazia is also responsible for carrying out ACA’s website content writing.

In her leisure time, Nazia enjoys playing football, traveling and landscape photography.


We pride ourselves in creating an office culture which is dynamic and creative, where innovation and individual initiative is embraced and encouraged at every level.

We are committed to thinking outside the box to provide unique design solutions for every project. If you are keen to make a contribution to the Practice’s reputation and profile, why don’t you join our open and friendly team, where our senior members of staff mentor and support career development.