Practice

DSDHA's architecture is always evolving: for us each project is a bespoke response to a unique brief, which develops through dialogue with our clients, stakeholders and collaborators as well as with the ultimate users of our designs.

Our projects span from macro-scaled urban strategies and infrastructure studies through to highly acclaimed individual crafted buildings, which celebrate the act of making and materiality within architecture. These projects have evolved through a unique design methodology that deploys tactics developed across 15 years of parallel research in academia and on the ground.

DSDHA’s work has been recognised with 19 RIBA Awards to date, and has twice been nominated for the European Union Mies Van Der Rohe Prize for Contemporary Architecture. The studio is heavily involved in education, currently teaching at a number of London universities, including the University of Navarra in Spain and the RCA, AA, and LSA in London.

Awards

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  1. Abell & Cleland

    1. RIBA Award 2018, winner
    2. Housing Design Awards 2018, Shortlisted
    3. London Planning Awards 2018, Winner
    4. London Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2017, Winner
    5. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2012
  2. Greenwich Community Building

    1. Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2018, Shortlisted
  3. Piccadilly

    1. WAF 2018, Shortlisted
  4. Central Somers Town Masterplan

    1. National Urban Design Awards 2019, Shortlisted
    2. London Planning Awards 2018
    3. NLA Awards 2017, Finalist
  5. Corner House

    1. Camden Awards 2017 – Shortlisted
    2. British Construction Industry Awards, 2017 – Shortlisted
    3. RIBA London Award, 2016
    4. RIBA National Award, 2016
    5. NLA Award, 2016 – Best Built Housing Scheme
    6. RA Summer Exhibition, 2014
  6. Covert House

    1. RIBA London Award, 2016
    2. RIBA House of the Year Award 2016 – Finalist
  7. Davenies School

    1. RIBA Regional Award, 2016
    2. RIBA National Award, 2016
  8. The Economist Plaza

    1. London Planning Awards 2019, Shortlisted
    2. WAF 2017, Finalist
    3. RA Summer Exhibition, 2017 – 'The Economist Building'
  9. West End Public Realm

    1. NLA Awards 2017 - Best Use of Publicly Owned Land
    2. Planning Awards 2017 - Highly commended
    3. The London Planning Awards 2017 - Shortlisted
  10. Alex Monroe Workshop

    1. RIBA Award 2018, winner
    2. NLA Award 2018, Shortlisted
    3. London Planning Awards 2018, Highly Commended
    4. WAF 2017, Highly Commended
    5. AJ Architecture Awards 2017, Shortlisted
  11. Alex Monroe Studio

    1. WAF Wood Excellence Prize 2014
    2. RIBA London Award 2014
    3. Surface Awards 2014
  12. South Molton Street Building

    1. People Choice Award, 2017 – Shortlisted
    2. Surface Design Award, 2014 – Best Retail Exterior Surface
    3. RA Summer Exhibition, 2010
  13. Olympic Village Building

    1. RA Summer Exhibition, 2012 - 'Maquettes for a Gateway Housing Scheme'
  14. Suffolk House

    1. Housing Innovation Award, 2016
    2. National Housing Award, 2015 – Best Small Development
    3. RA Summer Exhibition, 2013 – 'Fitzrovia Composition Study II'
  15. DSDHA

    1. BD Masterplanning & Public Realm AYA, 2016 – Highly Commended
    2. BD Architect of the Year, 2010
    3. BD Education Architect of the Year, 2010
    4. AR Emerging Architecture Awards, 2008 – Finalist
  16. Christ's College

    1. Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award for the Best New Global Design, 2012 – Shortlisted
    2. European Union Mies van der Rohe Award, 2011 – Nominated
    3. Stirling Prize, 2010 – Shortlisted
    4. RIBA Award, 2010
    5. Brick Awards, 2010 – Supreme Winner
    6. Guildford Design Awards, 2009 – Highly Commended
  17. Pond Meadow School

    1. RIBA Award, 2009
    2. Brick Award 2009 – Supreme Winner
    3. Guildford Design Awards, 2009 – Highly Commended
  18. Silver Building

    1. RA Summer Exhibition, 2008
  19. St. Anne's Sure Start, Colchester

    1. European Union Mies van der Rohe Award, 2009 – Nominated
    2. Chicago Atheneaum International Architecture Award for the Best New Global Design, 2009
    3. RIBA / Colchester2020: Joint Winner of Best Contemporary Building, 2008
  20. The Moller Centre

    1. RIBA Award, 2009
  21. Potters' Fields Park Pavilions, London

    1. Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award, 2008 - Honourable Mention
    2. RA Summer Exhibition, 2007
  22. William Bellamy Primary School

    1. British Council for School Environments Award, 2008- Highly Commended
    2. RIBA Award, 2008
  23. Canon Popham Fundation Unit

    1. RIBA Award, 2008
  24. Paradise Park

    1. British Council for School Environments Award, 2008
    2. British Construction Industry Awards, 2007
    3. Sure Start Building of the Year Award, 2006
  25. Hoyle Early Years

    1. Civic Trust, 2006 – Commended
    2. RIBA Award, 2004
    3. British Construction Industry Awards, 2004 – Small Building Project
  26. John Perry Nursery

    1. American Institute of Architects Award / UK Award, 2006
    2. RIBA Award, 2006
    3. British Construction Industry Awards, 2006
  27. Hales Street House/ Studio

    1. RIBA Award, 2006
  28. Private Estate, Berkshire

    1. American Institute of Architects / UK Award, 2005
    2. RIBA Award, 2004
    3. British Stone Federation Award, 2004
  29. Plovers Hill Orangery

    1. The Norfolk Society (CPRE), 2001
    2. RIBA Award, 2000

Clients

  1. Aitch Group

    1. Empress Works
  2. Alex Monroe

    1. Alex Monroe Studio
    2. Alex Monroe Workshop
  3. Almacantar

    1. Shaftesbury Avenue
  4. Appley Properties Ltd.

    1. South Molton Street Building
  5. Beam

  6. Berkeley Homes

    1. Abell & Cleland
    2. Abell & Cleland
    3. City Forum
  7. Berlin Senate Department for Urban Design

    1. Berolina Special Needs School
  8. Bosideng

    1. South Molton Street Building
  9. British Land

    1. Broadgate Public Realm
    2. Blossom Street
  10. Bury LEA / CABE

    1. Hoyle Early Years Centre
  11. Christ's College

    1. Christ's College
  12. Churchill College, Cambridge

    1. Møller Centre, Cambridge
  13. City & General

    1. Silver Building
  14. Clivedale

    1. Marylebone Lane
    2. Marylebone Lane
  15. Confidential

    1. Whitechapel Road
    2. Whitechapel Road
  16. Cosmetics à la Carte

    1. Cosmetics à la Carte Store I & II
  17. DSDHA

    1. Kennington Lane
  18. Davenies School

    1. Davenies School
  19. Derwent London

    1. Suffolk House
    2. Corner House
    3. Suffolk House
  20. Diocese of Sheffield and Hallam

    1. Canon Popham
    2. Emmaus Primary School
  21. Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism

    1. San Francisco Ruins, Santo Domingo
  22. Edmund de Waal

    1. Edmund de Waal Studio and Gallery II
    2. 5 Ways of Standing Up
    3. Edmund de Waal Studio I
  23. Emmaus Primary School

  24. Friends of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

    1. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Urban Framework
    2. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Entrance
    3. Vauxhall: Goding Street Improvements
  25. GLA/ World Squares For All

    1. Parliament Square
  26. Great Portland Estates

    1. Whitechapel Road
    2. Whitechapel Road
  27. HAB Oakus

    1. HAB Housing
  28. Hermès

    1. Hermès, New Bond Street
  29. Hoyle Early Years Centre

  30. Jones, Jones, Jones & Jones Ltd.

    1. Pollard Row
  31. Kennedy Wilson Europe

    1. Neal Street
  32. Knight Dragon

    1. Greenwich Housing
    2. Greenwich Neighbourhood Building
    3. Greenwich Housing
    4. Greenwich Community Building
  33. London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

    1. John Perry Nursery & Children's Centre
    2. London Riverside Wayfinding
    3. William Bellamy Primary School
  34. London Borough of Camden

    1. Central Somers Town Masterplan
    2. West End Public Realm
  35. London Borough of Lambeth

    1. Stockwell Public Realm & Urban Vision
    2. Stockwell Public Realm
    3. Stockwell Urban Vision
    4. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens
    5. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Urban Framework
    6. Loughborough Junction
    7. Wilcox Road Public Realm
    8. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens Entrance
    9. Vauxhall: Goding Street Improvements
    10. Vauxhall Sports Pitch
  36. Marcol Group

    1. Wardour Street
    2. Priory House
    3. Savoy Court
  37. More London Ltd

    1. Potters Fields Park Pavilions
  38. Natasha Daintry/Egg

    1. Egg Gallery
  39. Ocean Reef Resorts Limited

    1. Nevis Island Beach Hotel and Resort
  40. Olympic Delivery Authority

    1. Vesta House, Olympic Village
    2. Vesta House, Olympic Village
  41. Portsmouth City Council

  42. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  43. Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust

    1. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
  44. Potters’ Field Park Pavilions

  45. Private Client

    1. Hales Street House / Studio
    2. Stud Farm
    3. Palace Green
    4. Plovers Hill Orangery
    5. Sheffield Terrace
  46. Royal Albert Hall

    1. Albertopolis Public Realm
  47. Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

    1. Albertopolis Public Realm
  48. Southbank Employers Group

    1. Waterloo City Square
  49. Stockwell Partnership

    1. Stockwell Public Realm & Urban Vision
    2. Stockwell Public Realm
  50. SureStart & Islington Green Space

    1. Paradise Park Children's Centre
  51. SureStart Colchester

    1. St Anne's SureStart Centre
  52. Surrey County Council

    1. Christ's College
    2. Pond Meadow School
  53. TFL

    1. Stockwell Public Realm & Urban Vision
    2. Stockwell Public Realm
  54. TLC Group

    1. Holland Park Hotel
  55. The Crown Estate

    1. Piccadilly
  56. Tishman Speyer

    1. Smithson Plaza
    2. Smithson Plaza
    3. Smithson Plaza
  57. Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

    1. Tickle Cock Bridge
  58. Westminster City Council

    1. South Molton Street Public Realm
    2. Westminster Cathedral Piazza
  59. York Museums Trust/ Beam

    1. York Museum Outdoor Gallery, York
    2. York Placecheck

Publications

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  1. Dezeen, October 2017

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  2. Dezeen, September 2017

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  3. 100 Houses 100 Years by the Twentieth Century Society

    1. Corner House features in this great book documenting Britain's architectural heritage from 1914 to 2014. Through one building per year over the century, the book shows the wide range of designs that emerged and how housing styles were adapted to suit urban life.
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  4. The Spaces, 2017

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  5. AJ, September 2017

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  6. Inform, June 2017

    1. “The deliberately rough materiality hints at a di erent world of creativity and artistry setting up a new kind of dialogue with the surrounding urban bricolage. Responding to the city’s historic kinesis and how it is wrought and changed over time, DSDHA enjoys capitalising on London’s inherent quality of ‘dynamic instability’ through the exploration of scale, material and juxtaposition. Snowsfields embodied a similar dynamic, with the new stories of studios stacked above a ground-floor shop.”
    2. Catherine Slessor, AJ 244, May 2017
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  7. BD Online, June 2017

    1. "Wilkinson Eyre arguably produced […] a beautifully intricate services drawing of Battersea Power Station where ingenuity and compromise can be seen amid the ghost infrastructure of London’s residential market. […] This is complemented by a similar study of the Economist building by DSDHA where the ‘original’ and ‘executive’ architects’ design intent is both subverted and celebrated. "
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  8. Architecture Today, May 2017

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  9. EXE Magazine, March 2017

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  10. Blueprint Graduates

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  11. Evening Standard, December 2016

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  12. ADAPT-r's 'transformative triggers' – RIBA Journal, December 2016

    1. The RIBA Journal reports on ADAPT-r: a showcase for the RMIT practice-based PhD on show at the University of Westminster.
    2. Featuring the work of DSDHA Director, Deborah Saunt, the exhibition examines the process of the PhD students as they self-analyse their methods and motivations, reflecting on their community of practice and identifying 'transformative triggers' in their work.
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  13. RIBA Journal, October 2016

    1. Talking about 'affordability' and education Harriet Harris mentions the LSA as an initiative which, decoupling from the obligations and values of the traditional campus, has eliminated institutional overheads. "Instead of sweaty campus-situated studios, [LSA] students are located in the 'real world' of a London-glitterati practice".
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  14. Wohnrevue, September 2016

    1. Covert House featured on Wohnrevue magazine
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  15. Onoffice, September 2016

    1. "DSDHA’s Buckinghamshire school draws on the surrounding landscape to give its pupils an all-round education" says Onoffice's Charlotte Taylor
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  16. Urbis Magazine, September 2016

    1. Covert House is " a stylish family home [that] intelligently tackles urban restrictions by building directly under London." says Urbis' Leanne Amodeo
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  17. Architectural Record, September 2016

    1. Corner House is featured in Architectural Record's editorial on 21st Century housing.
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  18. The AJ, December 2016

    1. The Architects' Journal feature The Covert House in a run up to the 2016 RIBA House of the Year Award.
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  19. The AJ, June 2016 Featuring Corner House

    1. The AJ publishes Corner House among the 46 winners of the National RIBA Awards 2016.
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  20. The AJ, June 2016 Featuring Davenies School

    1. The AJ publishes Davenies School among the 46 winners of the National RIBA Awards 2016.
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  21. May 2016, Architectural Review

    1. https://www.architectural-review.com/competitions/competition-jrfalla-login-gate-sweden/10006086.article
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  22. 160518_Evening Standard. Homes & Property, May 2016

    1. Philippa Stockley explains for the ES readers how the ingenious plan for Covert House became a 'concrete reality'.
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  23. Holzbau, March 2016

    1. Holzbau features an article on Alex Monroe's Studio featured in Snowsfields.
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  24. AJ on Corner House, February 2016

    1. The AJ publishes an extensive building study on DSDHA and Derwent London's Corner House in Fitzrovia.
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  25. Best of Detail 2016. Building For Children

    1. DSDHA's Christ College in Guilford is one of the educational projects featured in the latest issue of 'Best of Detail'.
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  26. Landscape Journal, Spring 2015

    1. Paul Wheeler's article 'Thinking along new lines' looks at the work of DSDHA's diploma students at CASS, who have concentrated on the introduction of HS2 in the landscape, thinking of it as an opportunity rather than a problem.
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  27. The AJ, April 2015

    1. The AJ dedicates the cover and nine pages in its Building Study to Covert House; and Ellis Woodman finds anything but a bunker in this semi-underground concrete cottage.
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  28. AJ, May 2013

    1. DSDHA designed the new Bosideng Shop on South Molton Street and was featured in AJ.
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