Adam Thirkell


Following his graduation from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1996; Adam first worked as a Designer for CD&D before being employed by David Kaye Design, and then a few years later as a Senior Designer by Core Design.

In 2002 he moved to the North East to join Blueprint where he stayed right through until the transition to Dakota in 2008.

Contact Adam

Peter Hodgson

Managing Director

Graduating from Northumbria University in 1980; Peter first worked as a freelance Product Designer before moving to Australia to work for John Morgan & Associates as an Interior Designer.

After rising to the position of Associate Director he returned to the UK in 1990 and joined Blueprint as a Director. In 2008 Peter formed Dakota with his wife Deborah, and the practice has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Contact Peter

Deborah Hodgson


Deborah graduated from Newcastle College in 1986 and her first job was as a Designer with South Tyneside Council. From there she moved to Peter Lambert Architects in 1998, and then in 1990 to David Lesley Design rising to the position of Senior Designer.

Deborah joined Blueprint in 1992 as an Associate Director, where she met her husband Peter with whom she later co-founded Dakota.

Contact Deborah