David has worked at the highest levels of design both in the UK and abroad and is passionate about emerging technology, progressive architecture and delivery excellence. Before setting up the practice, David worked in the offices of Norman Foster and Santiago Calatrava, then became an associate director of Future Systems, where he was project architect for the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground. His specialist knowledge of complex buildings evolved into an interest in three-dimensional analysis and computer modelling to enhance building design. This is fundamental to the practice’s approach to search for delight and proportion in solutions to everyday problems.
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 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 leads a wide range of projects across sectors. These include the design and delivery of the award-winning Mayfield School using modular off-site construction as well as the ongoing refurbishment and alterations to the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground. As a key player in the practice’s adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology, Das also leads strategic R&D projects to create new solutions and services and regularly speaks on digital design and construction at industry events.
Anna joined DMA in 2009 and has extensive experience having 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 plays a lead role in 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 when she and David Miller worked together at Future Systems. She splits her time working in practice and academia and currently teaches architectural history at the Bartlett, UCL and Queen Mary University of London. 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.
Kristofer is experienced as a lead consultant and enjoys working together with stakeholders, the design team and contractors to maximise design quality. He has led on complex secondary and adult education projects, where he used his creativity to make the most of tight budgets resulting in uplifting and inspiring spaces. He is also committed to developing buildings that promote sustainable communities and is currently leading a number of housing schemes, including new homes and a boxing club for young people in Hackney.
Katie’s 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 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 and a CMI Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma. She is currently working towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Management at 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.
Katy graduated from the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and applies her specialist sustainability skills across DMA’s projects advising our clients on energy efficient strategies. She is an experienced architect having led a number of housing projects within the office. Recent schemes include the conversion of a 1930s industrial building for private rent, new social housing for Lewisham Council and she is currently leading the development of a new mixed tenure housing project in Canning Town.
Lucy is passionate about socially sustainable regeneration and urban development. This informs her approach to developing the numerous housing projects that she’s worked on at DMA including a complex, mixed-tenure scheme in Southwark that combines flats for private sale to cross-fund homes for rent and shared ownership. Lucy is also part of our team of technical advisors for the EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme where she is currently developing proposals to improve two secondary schools in Cornwall.
A graduate from the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales, Andrew applies his sustainability expertise to investigate energy efficient building techniques on DMA’s projects through environmental modelling and analysis. His experience of delivering 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 combine digital design with off-site manufacturing to build 130 new homes.
Keji combines her design experience and construction knowledge from numerous housing and education projects in central London to ensure that her proposals not only delight, but are economically viable. Education is a particular passion and she strongly believes that the quality of the learning environment can positively influence pupil outcomes. In her lead technical advisor role on the EFA’s Free Schools and Priority Schools Building Programme frameworks, Keji especially enjoys working with schools and their stakeholders to help achieve their educational vision.
Tom’s strength lies in taking complex, large scale projects from inception to completion across a range of sectors including education and housing. His thoughtful approach and excellent communication skills enable him to develop solutions together with our clients, other consultants and suppliers to achieve the best outcomes. Tom’s current responsibilities include leading two major housing developments in London and, in his previous position working on Network Rail’s estate, he was the project architect on the new war memorial at Kings Cross Station.
Lauren’s experience in built housing and education projects has established her as an adept digital designer. Most recently she has played a key role in developing a ground-breaking 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.
Samantha has worked on a range of projects in the UK and in developing countries. She strongly believes in architecture as a facilitator for social regeneration and this is a key consideration in the feasibility studies that she develops for our clients, in particular Westminster City Council. Experienced in taking designs to completion, she is currently responsible for a large, housing led development that is under construction. This practical knowledge underpins Samantha’s proposals ensuring that they are both viable and aesthetic.
A graduate from the University of Manchester, Chivonne joined DMA in 2014. Since then she has developed her design skills on a range of housing led projects. These include development studies for sites in sensitive central London locations and planning applications. She has also established her knowledge of construction working on two now completed projects, and most recently she has been responsible for developing the detail design for a new office for the Wildlife Trust in Trumpington that is currently on site.
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.
Ellie studied Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins and works as an illustrator in her spare time, mainly designing for record labels, creating artwork for album covers and designing tour posters. At DMA she uses her excellent graphic and presentation skills to help deliver key projects for the office. Most recently this has involved her creating concepts to clearly communicate what DMA stands for and then developing a consistent message across all of our practice materials.
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.