Unique Approach

At DMA we provide technology-led solutions to solve difficult problems around design, programme and budget, to achieve better outcomes and to break down barriers.

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At DMA, we are a different sort of architecture practice. We are recognised as industry leaders in developing innovative, technology-led solutions and modern methods of construction to solve complex problems around design, cost and programme. As a result, we regularly share our experience and expertise with government and professional bodies, consultants and contractors, both in the UK and abroad.

Our clients include private developers and estates, contractors, local authorities, housing associations and central government. From our studios in London and Liverpool, we help them to create high quality spaces for learning, living, working and relaxing, making the most of existing buildings and new sites. Some have complex geometries or specific technical requirements, like our refurbishment of the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and others, like Anstey Hall Barns in Cambridge and Claire House in Liverpool, involve the conservation of historic structures. We work with challenging inner-city sites with many constraints, often looking at feasibility, master-planning, regeneration and placemaking.

Most of our work gets built, allowing creativity to develop realistically as well as ensuring that our team are technically experienced through all stages of projects.

We believe that good communication makes for better design. Our approach is open and collaborative and we use technology as an enabler to help improve the way we work. By sharing data-rich, 3D models, we develop our designs together with our clients, other consultants, contractors and suppliers as well as planners and other stakeholders. This means that the whole team is able to input and be involved in the process from the earliest stages.

This collaborative approach is carried into the way we practice and we encourage everyone in our dynamic and diverse team to reach their potential and grow within the practice – all our senior team are ‘home-grown’. This is helped by a structured training programme alongside peer-to-peer learning and, empowered through leadership and management training, everyone contributes to the way the practice continually evolves and improves. Our Investors in People Gold Standard demonstrates our commitment to developing people – we are regularly placed in Building’s Top 50 Good Employer Guide.

Underpinned by our ISO accredited Best Practice Management System, we offer the personal service, responsiveness and creativity of a smaller practice, along with the reassurance of big practice and quality controls. Repeat business accounts for over 80% of our work and our robust systems and procedures make us reliable and consistent. We take a responsible approach to practice both environmentally and ethically, investing in our team and our ongoing R&D programme. As a result, we enjoy strong partnerships with our clients, allowing us to offer them new services that add value and reduce risk, with equal emphasis on design and delivery excellence.

DMA’s approach flows seamlessly between our studios in London and, more recently, Liverpool, allowing us to offer the same expertise and technical know-how, regardless of location.