David has worked at the highest levels of design both in the UK and abroad and is passionate about progressive architecture, emerging technology, design and delivery excellence. Before setting up the practice in 2001, he was an associate director of Future Systems and project architect for the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground. This project allowed him to develop his interest in the refinement of form through three dimensional problem solving, which he had gained in Santiago Calatrava’s office in the mid-nineties. His specialist knowledge of the design and delivery of complex buildings has evolved into an interest in dimensional analysis and modelling, using the computer as a creative tool to enhance building design and this is fundamental to the practice’s approach today.
Prior to joining the practice in 2006, Fiona spent nearly twenty years in the textile industry as a buyer for international retailers and as a director in the clothing manufacturing sector. She now applies her business skills to develop the practice with a focus on responsible business growth. She participates in a variety of organisations to support the communities where the practice works and to create new opportunities for DMA and for the team to contribute and grow. Groups include Westminster Business Council and the Heart of the City, where she sits on the board, the Fitzrovia Partnership, the Employers Alliance at the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College and MIPIM Ladies, a network of women in property and construction, of which Fiona is a founder member.
Das joined the practice in 2007 and focuses on innovation, quality and risk management throughout the practice. Having made Liverpool his home, he works from our studio there, working across all of DMA’s projects. Das leads strategic R&D projects to create new solutions and services, such as the digital strategy to fully refurbish the Media Centre and new camera gantry at Lord’s Cricket Ground, as well as the design and delivery of the award-winning Mayfield School using modular off-site construction. As a key player in the practice’s adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology he regularly speaks on digital design and construction at industry events and has helped to establish cross industry groups, BIM4Housing and BIMinHousing. He also regularly contributes to DMA’s career engagement activities and is an ambassador for PLACED, a social enterprise that helps people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in planning and design through community consultation, engagement and education across the North West.
Anna joined DMA in 2009 and heads up our Liverpool office. She has extensive experience across a range of sectors and has delivered 10 new schools and 14 new housing projects in London across both the public and private sectors. She is expert in working with multiple stakeholder groups and developing strong, collaborative relationships to draw out their expertise and achieve consensus. As a result, her projects consistently receive excellent end user satisfaction ratings. Anna leads our team of technical advisors on the DfE’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building programmes. She is also an ambassador for PLACED, a social enterprise that works across the North West to educate and engage people to make better places.
Rachel is an experienced architect with a background in the interior design of residential projects, workplaces, high end retail and exhibition design and her relationship with DMA dates back to the nineties when she and David Miller worked together at Future Systems. She has led on numerous projects for high profile clients such as Condé Nast International, Marni and the Ashmolean Museum and she is used to working through all stages of a project from concept through to completion as well as designing and prototyping furniture and fittings for these spaces. Rachel splits her time between practice and academia and currently teaches architectural history and theory at the Bartlett, UCL and the University of Westminster as well as being a visiting design critic at the University of Liverpool.
Katie joined DMA in 2013 and her experience encompasses all stages across a diverse range of projects. These include development studies for Westminster City Council and designing the Media Centre’s new camera gantry at Lord’s Cricket Ground. She recently led a ground-breaking, multiple award winning scheme that used the latest digital technology to conserve and refurbish a group of historic, listed barns. Adept at building strong working relations with clients and stakeholders, Katie also works as a lead technical advisor on the DfE’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme frameworks.
Lucy joined the team in 2014 and has worked on a range of projects, from complex, mixed-tenure housing schemes to being a technical advisor for the EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme. As a skilled designer with considerable commercial experience, she was responsible for the first phase of our re-think of Arup’s 6-storey, central London headquarters and leads on our workspace design projects, which involves researching and testing design ideas for new ways of flexible and collaborative working. Lucy is currently leading on the fit out for a University clinic and associated teaching spaces.
Andrew started at DMA in 2014 and has worked on a wide range of projects from inception to completion across sectors. As well as having a great track record in delivering buildings, he is instrumental in developing digital innovation within the practice and leads our research and design, exploring technology-led design solutions, environmental strategies and modern methods of construction. Andrew was a key part of the team refurbishing the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and his current responsibilities include using digital design to ensure effective coordination between different disciplines on complicated projects. With his additional qualifications in sustainability gained at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales (CAT), Andrew also ensures that our environmental goals are thoroughly embedded in all aspects of our work.
Lauren’s experience in built housing and education projects has established her as an adept designer across a range of scales and typologies. Most recently she has played a key role in developing a ground-breaking, multiple award winning scheme that combines the latest technology to conserve and refurbish a group of historic, listed barns. Lauren’s attention to detail and enquiring approach led her to develop new digital techniques with our client and these are being evolved on her new project where 130 new homes are being built using off-site manufacturing and modular construction.
Samantha joined the practice in 2014 and has worked on a range of projects across sectors. She strongly believes in architecture as a facilitator for social regeneration and this is a key consideration in developing projects from feasibility through to completion. Previous projects include the refurbishment of shopping centres in Watford and Essex for Intu, pro-bono work for the youth arts organisation, Paddington Arts, and she is currently leading on a large, mixed tenure housing development for Westminster City Council. Samantha also has an interest in the conservation and restoration of buildings and is an RIBA Conservation Registrant.
Since joining the practice in 2014, Chivonne has worked on a range of projects, from housing development studies to planning applications for sites in sensitive central London locations. She has taken several schemes to completion, including the detailed design for an office for the Wildlife Trust in Trumpington, Cambridge. She has considerable commercial experience, having worked on several fit-out schemes designed for co-working, including a pro-bono project for Fitzrovia Youth in Action, and has also worked on a series of educational projects on the DfE’s Schools Building Programme frameworks. More recently, she led a team working on the detailed design of The Wing, a high-profile women’s members’ club and co-working community based in a five-storey townhouse in Fitzrovia, which opened in October as the club’s first international outpost.
Since joining the DMA team in 2015, Max has worked on a range of projects, from managing the construction of a new “container park” facility as part of the improvements to Westminster’s Church Street market to helping to establish a modular, off-site solution for a new, 130 unit, mixed tenure, housing development. As well as being a skilled digital designer, he is an excellent communicator and he is currently using these skills, together with his strong knowledge of housing standards to develop technical information and detailed coordination for a major new residential scheme in London. Max is based in our Liverpool studio and has been part of the team working on the Claire House Children’s Hospice in Liverpool. He is also an ambassador for PLACED, a social enterprise that helps people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in planning and design through community consultation, engagement and education across the North West.
Ben recently graduated with a First Class Honours and some great practical experience, having also been selected for the RIBA’s student mentoring scheme. Passionate about how architects can help shape the built urban environment, he is currently developing his design experience and production skills working on the design of a large, mixed tenure housing scheme on a prominent site in Southwark and will spend time working across a range of sectors and projects within the practice.
Jessica joined the practice through the apprenticeship route in 2018, having previously studied Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales. Responsible for managing DMA’s Best Practice Management System, Jessica helps to achieve quality and sustainability in all aspects of the practice as well as the on-going wellbeing and development of the team. She is passionate about environmental issues and is working on further developments to our ISO 14001 environmental systems and our carbon offsetting. She is also involved in marketing and is responsible for maintaining DMA’s social media presence.
Fabio joined the team in 2018, and completed his MArch at the University of Westminster whilst working. He is highly skilled in design and presentation, with a degree in graphic design as well as some great experience in architectural practice, having worked for two years before starting his post-graduate studies. Fabio’s practical, pragmatic approach is reflected in both his academic work, where he developed a system for self-build homes using waste timber and at DMA, where he has been developing a flexible plywood building system. Most recently, he has been putting his excellent technical and communicative skills to good use on three residential infill sites for Westminster City Council.
Ben joined us in 2018 as a Part II graduate from the University of Edinburgh with some great practice experience under his belt. He has a particular interest in how alternative forms of procurement and fabrication have the potential to provide solutions to the housing crisis and this chimes well with our work at DMA. Ben is currently working on the detail design for a large residential scheme that mixes private and public housing, and is also involved in one of our R&D projects, developing a Virtual Reality workflow from the building information model. The ultimate goal of the project is to enable clients to explore their projects in VR with materials reflecting their proposed, real-world appearance.
Tolu joined the team in 2018 as an architect experienced in a wide range of residential design and delivery. He is passionate about the role architecture plays in shaping communities and he enjoys working closely with clients and engaging in public consultations with residents and other stakeholders in order to develop designs and provide solutions unique to each individual project. At DMA, Tolu has worked on a number of large scale residential developments for local authorities as well as a range of educational projects, including independent schools and multi academy trusts, from early design stages, through planning and construction. He is currently overseeing Crosfields School through construction.
Sundas joined DMA in 2019 with a wide range of experience from inception to completion across sectors including residential, education and healthcare. She has excellent technical and communicative skills and is currently applying them as Project Architect to the design of three residential infill schemes for Westminster City Council. Sundas also has a keen interest in architectural activities that promote community integration, social sustainability, and environmentally conscious design. Alongside her project work, she has been involved in working with social value initiatives across London in collaboration with Landsec, City Lions, Construction Youth Trust and Inspire, along with mentoring students in university, colleges and schools such as the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College, Westminster Academy, Westminster University and Pearson College. She has also been at the forefront of designing our Virtual Design Academy, a work experience online platform for aspiring future architects.
Ana joined our Liverpool team in 2019 as an experienced architect in commercial, mixed-use residential, large urban regeneration schemes, higher education and private houses. Her rigorous design methodology places people at the centre of the design process, working from the inside out to create simple, functional and efficient architecture that is strongly rooted to context and identity. Based in Liverpool since 2016, Ana is an ambassador for PLACED, a social enterprise that works across the North West to educate and engage people to make better places. At DMA, Ana’s excellent design and communication skills are being put to good use on a residential scheme for Westminster City Council as well as the early design stages for a children’s hospice in Liverpool.
Juliana joined the team in 2019, having completed her Masters at the University of Westminster where, for her final project, she created an elegant new community park in a re-purposed cemetery. With experience across sectors and in varying scales of projects, Juliana is particularly interested in the social impact of architecture and design and its effect on communities. At DMA, she is currently putting her design skills to good use on some of our workspace design projects, researching and testing new ways of flexible and collaborative working.
Leila joined DMA in 2019 as a Part II graduate from the University of Westminster, where her final project was a community kitchen and forest activity centre in Waltham Forest. She is interested in community based projects and enjoys working closely with individuals and groups in designing in response to their needs. Leila has some great practical experience across a range of project types and stages, from feasibility schemes to developing planning applications for housing and commercial projects as well as detailed design for construction. At DMA, she has been working on the refurbishment and extension of an existing Victorian school building as well as developing early stage design schemes for artist studios underneath a section of elevated dual carriageway in west London.
Reihaneh graduated from the University of Westminster in 2018, having completed the MArch RIBA Part II course with distinction. She won the Sir Bannister Fletcher Prize for her dissertation and, for her final thesis project, she designed an urban plan for affordable housing, market and farm in Milton Keynes that aimed to create a sustainable community within a sustainable environment. She brings some great experience from practice, having contributed to the design of a range of projects from urban planning to interior detail design as well as producing planning information for the phased retrofitting of 150 council homes in Nottingham, a pioneering net zero energy project. At DMA, Reihaneh has been putting her design skills to good use, working on a youth and community centre, one of our pro bono projects, as well as early stage design for the remodelling of a prestigious office building in Victoria.
German joined the team in 2021, having graduated with a First Class BSc Degree in Architectural Technology with BIM from Middlesex University. This is the innovative new course that we helped set up and we have hosted groups of students in the office over the past four years. Already highly proficient in Revit and knowledgeable about BIM Level 2, German has also embarked on the BIM Masters course at Middlesex, which he will study for alongside his role at DMA. German will be working on a large estate regeneration project as well as being part of the R&D team, working with Andrew to develop new digital techniques.
Jenna joined the team in early 2021, having completed her Part 3 professional qualification at the University of Westminster, where she had previously gained a Distinction in her Masters in Architecture. She brings an excellent range of experience from a combination of large and small scale residential projects, mixed-use urban regeneration schemes and, most recently, a multi-million healthcare project. She is passionate about the potential of design in shaping our communities and cities and particularly enjoys exploring narrative architecture, storytelling through buildings and the conservation of historical buildings. Since starting at DMA, Jenna has been working on a large estate regeneration project in London.
Rebecca was introduced to the practice through our work experience programme in 2018 and then returned for full summer placements for two years running. She then went on to graduate from Coventry University with a First Class Degree in Interior Architecture and Design, having also spent a year studying abroad at Swinburne University in Melbourne. Rebecca has a strong visual ability and has been involved in the interior planning for a range of projects at DMA as well as being experienced in graphics and branding. She is an excellent communicator who enjoys working closely with clients and her attention to detail and technical skills make her a valued addition to the team.
Carlota joined the team in 2021, having graduated from the Masters Diploma course at the University of Westminster in 2020, where her thesis project explored Passivhaus construction principles through a new hotel in Reykjavik. She brings over three years of experience working on high and low density residential proposals, masterplanning and large regeneration schemes, and has been involved in early strategic development, the planning process, community consultation and engagement as well as on-site construction. She has a strong interest in developing the skills and knowledge to become a Chartered Project Professional (cHPP) and obtained the Project Fundamentals Qualification in Project Management in 2020. At DMA, Carlota is putting her excellent technical and communicative skills to good use on a series of residential infill projects for Westminster City Council.
Tessa supports the team across a broad range of aspects from finance to HR as well as keeping our Best Practice Management System and certifications up to date and managing our work experience programme. She originally joined DMA’s Practice Management Team as an apprentice back in 2019. However in the past year, inspired by her colleagues and her love of the environment, she has found her true calling and will be going to university in September to start her degree in Architecture.
Li is an experienced architect with a background working across a range of projects at all stages, including developing technical drawing packages for educational and custodial buildings as well as delivering large scale projects in the Middle East. In 2015, Li joined the AECOM’s Specification Consulting team as a Senior Specification Consultant, utilising his broad technical background to bring value to the design process through specification writing. Over the last three years, he has been the key person trialling the new NBS Chorus BIM specification tools in a collaborative project with DMA. He now brings all this expertise to the DMA team, where he manages our specifications as well as working closely with the R&D team to put in place new initiatives in the way that we work.