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 where she sits on the board, WISH (Women in Social Housing), the Maida Hill Place Advisory Group and the Fitzrovia Partnership.
Das joined the practice in 2007 and focuses on innovation, quality and risk management throughout the practice. He leads strategic R&D projects to create new solutions and services and recent examples include 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.Das also regularly mentors and supports student teams participating in Fab Fest at the University of Westminster.
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 also leads our team of technical advisors on the EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building programmes.
Rachel is an experienced architect with a background in high end retail, residential and exhibition design and her relationship with DMA dates back to the nineties when she and David Miller worked together at Future Systems. She splits her time working in 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 critic at the University of Liverpool. She has taught architectural design at the University of East London, Portsmouth University and the Bartlett where she also edited their publications, curated the gallery and organised exhibitions, conferences and public lectures. Rachel is responsible for similar projects at DMA managing external communications.
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 EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme frameworks.
Jessica joined the practice as an apprentice in 2013 and has since completed a PA Executive Diploma, an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration, a CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma and a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management from the University of Westminster. 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.
Andrew started at DMA in 2014 having graduated from the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales and he applies his sustainability expertise to investigate energy efficient building techniques on DMA’s projects through environmental modelling and analysis. His experience of delivering a wide range of projects also ensures that his proposals are well grounded in reality. Passionate about the benefits of digital design, 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.
Tom’s strength lies in taking complex, large scale projects from inception to completion and he leads on a range of projects across the office. These include the delivery of a 130 unit housing scheme in East London using off-site modular construction, a large housing scheme on a prominent site in Southwark, a series of infill sites for a housing association in North London and a number of co-working spaces in different locations. His extensive experience and thoughtful approach enable him to develop solutions together with our clients, other consultants and suppliers to achieve the best outcomes. Tom is passionate about the use of digital tools to benefit the design and construction process and regularly speaks at industry events about the application and benefits of this in practice.
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. Recent projects include the refurbishment of shopping centres in Watford and Essex for Intu and she is currently leading on a large, mixed tenure housing development for Westminster City Council that aims to repair the streetscape around the site on Edgware Road. She has also been involved with pro-bono work for the youth arts organisation, Paddington Arts.
Since joining the practice in 2014, Chivonne has worked on a range of housing led projects, including development studies and planning applications for sites in sensitive central London locations as well as taking several schemes to completion including developing the detail design for an office for the Wildlife Trust in Trumpington, Cambridge. She has recently been working on some co-working spaces as well as a series of educational projects on the EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme frameworks and a pro-bono project for Fitzrovia Youth in Action.
Since graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015, Max has worked on a variety of projects at DMA. These range from researching and making proposals for the new furniture at Lord’s Media Centre to managing the construction of a new “container park” facility as part of improvements at Westminster’s Church Street market. This experience has allowed him to develop his digital design skills which, he is now applying to develop the technical information for a major new housing scheme in London. He is a skilled digital designer and is using this to develop technical information and detailed coordination for a major new housing scheme in London.
Since completing his Masters degree at the University of Sheffield in 2015, Akin has become a key part of DMA’s education team that advises on the EFA’s Free School and Priority Schools Building programmes. Having developed feasibility studies with eight different schools, he has established his knowledge of best practice design across primary, secondary and SEN facilities. Akin is currently applying this, along with his digital design skills, to develop the planning application for a major new primary school in Maidstone.
Having graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2015, Róisín is experienced across a number of sectors and a range of scales from large scale, masterplanning projects to the detail design of private and public residential schemes. She is able to put her digital design skills and construction knowledge to good use at DMA, where she is currently working on a large, new, residential scheme in North West London that mixes private and affordable housing as well as the conversion of a former adult education centre into a new primary school.
Carmelia completed her Masters in 2015 at the University of Manchester and has since developed her design experience through both architectural and engineering projects. Her attention to detail and interest in materiality as well as her involvement in local community building projects help inform her work at DMA, where she is currently involved in a number of school projects, as part of our ongoing role as technical advisors to the EFA. In addition to this, Carmelia works as a volunteer at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children every Sunday, helping as one of the Radio Lollipop team.
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.
Sukhraj was introduced to us through our appointment as architects for Mayfield School, completed in 2013. She was a pupil there and took up the offer of one of the work placements that we offered, which inspired her to go on to study and gain her degree in architecture at the University of Edinburgh. We are really pleased that she has returned to DMA as part of her year out before going back to university to complete her qualification. Sukh is currently working with the team on feasibility studies and housing projects as well as supporting career events with the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University Technical College and working with our work placement students.
Jessica joined the practice through the apprenticeship route in April 2018, having previously studied Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales. Jessica supports the smooth day to day running of the practice in all aspects whilst working towards an NVQ Level 4 in Business Administration. She is passionate about environmental issues and is working on further developments to our ISO 14001 environmental systems. This includes making sure that everything the office purchases is from ethical and environment-friendly sources. She is also working with the team to encourage wellbeing and helps to maintain our social media presence.