Team VI

Who We Are?

Vertical Integration Architects is a UK chartered architectural practice established in 2014 part of the Vertical Integration Limited Group established in 2004. The practice grew organically by aligning its vision with those of its clients, focusing on creative solutions, professional services and committing to the idea of a team working alongside its clients and builders.


Mark Saade

Managing Director


Mark is the founder and principal of Vertical Integration Architects. With 30 years of creative and professional experience in the built environment, a strong academic and intellectual background and a masters in construction economics and management from the Bartlett school at UCL, Mark launched, Vertical Integration Limited in London, in 2004, and VI Architects in 2014, winning many local and international competitions and commissions on a variety of small to large projects in public and private sectors in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Bill Kain



Bill has been working in architectural practice for the past 15 years across a broad range of sectors. Starting in residential, but exploring the education, hospitality and even custodial sectors. This has afforded him exposure to a wide range of clients, contracts and construction types. He has spent the last five years honing his skills and knowledge on high end residential projects in central London.

Godfrey Heaps

Senior Design Consultant


Senior associate with Vertical Integration since 2004, Godfrey has a long-standing working relationship with its founder long before its establishment, working together at Blampied and Partners in the 90s. While occupying senior design positions at prestigious firms like Makyia Associates, Quad Design and Blampied & Partners in London, Godfrey’s extensive expertise in large scale religious and public buildings to high specification residential, commercial and leisure schemes in the Middle East and the UK and his association with VI Limited was instrumental in the practice winning many international and regional competitions and commissions.

Bogdan Aioane

Specialist IT & 3D Designer


Bogdan is the team’s cad systems manager and lead of the concept development production team. His role spans from concept design development, presentation and coordination to developed design, with 13 years of experience across sectors such as hospitality, retail, residential, aviation, cultural and transport.

Sana Rahman



Sana is a qualified architect, registered with the Council of Architecture in India and holds a PGDip from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London.

She has experience of working on a number of projects within various sectors including, residential, hospitality and healthcare. Her expertise largely lies in taking concept design to developed and technical design through careful coordination and enjoys the process of exploring technical robustness of a design. Sana has thorough understanding of the planning process and keeps herself abreast with policies and regulations.

Marco Portinaro



Marco holds a Masters in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Turin and is a RIBA Chartered Architect. He has worked on a wide range of projects, in various roles, in the UK and Italy. His design experience spans from structural glass facades to bespoke houses and intricate conversions. Bright creativity, curiosity and passion for Contemporary Architecture are Marco’s most striking strengths.

Danielle Raffoul

Architectural Assistant


Danielle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and is a registered Architect with the Order of Engineers and Architects of Lebanon. She has 2 years of professional experience working on a number of extension and refurbishment projects in the residential and healthcare sector in the UK. In her role, she works closely with the Project Architect, preparing planning documents and construction drawing packages.