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Filing-Cabinets
3 November 2017

Field Marshal

Alex Bell The quantity of electronic information and complexity of IT systems can quickly combine to overwhelm and befuddle any hardworking professional. Despite most company servers having enormous capacity, individuals’ C drives are packed full of work documents and emails, ‘organised’ into Escher-like folder structures that no-one... Read more

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24 August 2017

Goosebumpability

Alex Bell When songwriter & producer Brian Wilson played the rest of the Beach Boys the songs that would become the Pet Sounds album, they were distinctly underwhelmed. Brian plugged away at the piano presenting the sketches for each song that would become their classic album –... Read more

Millfield concert hall
4 July 2017

A new direction | David Kent

David Kent The story so far… David became a member of the RIBA in 1980 and after a period of working for a practice in Cambridge, he moved with his family down to the West Country in 1983. David set up DKA in 1993, and said “We were... Read more

Melksham Campus
3 July 2017

A new direction | Fabien Coupat

Fabien Coupat The story so far… Fabien arrived in the UK in 1995 and graduated from the University of Bath in 2001, before rolling down Bathwick Hill and starting at DKA that summer. He completed his Part 3 with the support of his DKA colleagues in 2007.... Read more

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3 July 2017

A new direction | James Bastable

James Bastable The story so far… James graduate from the Welsh School of Architecture in 2004 and completed his Part 3 studies in 2006 following two years in practice elsewhere in Bath. After deciding the time was right for a fresh challenge James joined DKA in the... Read more

Alex Bell
3 July 2017

A new direction | Alex Bell

Alex Bell The story so far… Alex joined DKA in 2002 – the year the Euro was introduced across the 12 EU member states and Gareth Gates’ Unchained Melody topped the charts for a (staggering) 4 weeks. After 6 years at the University of Bath, Alex graduated... Read more

Mercedes HPP
3 July 2017

My DKA story | Simon Lawrence

Guest After graduating from the Welsh School of Architecture and qualifying in 1981, I moved from London to Bristol in the late 1980’s working in private practice and at the University of Bristol till joining DKA . The practice started in 1993 and I joined a... Read more

Mendip School opening by Michael Eavis
24 May 2017

The Big Easy

Andy Batty On Wednesday 17th May, Michael Eavis CBE officially opened The Mendip School, a special school for 120 pupils aged 4 to 19 located on the Bath and West Showground near Shepton Mallet. Mendip School is an easy building; easy to build, easy to navigate, easy... Read more

DKA refurbishment
12 January 2017

DKA refurbishment

Guest For those of you who follow us on social media, have been to the studio in the past 6 months, or have called up for a chat and heard the echoes of a building site in the background will know we’ve been undergoing a studio... Read more

Wellington Primary Academy
7 September 2016

DKA Presents | by Andy Batty

Andy Batty Every fortnight at DKA we take it in turns to present something design based to the whole team and we’re calling it DKA presents. Presenting to our peers means we get the opportunity to practice our presenting skills and share our passions with our colleagues. We... Read more

Museet for Sofart
7 September 2016

DKA Presents | by David Yeates

David Yeates Every fortnight at DKA we take it in turns to present something design based to the whole team and we’re calling it DKA presents. Presenting to our peers means we get the opportunity to practice our presenting skills and share our passions with our colleagues.... Read more

door
29 July 2016

Enter, Stranger! 

Jo Griffin The other afternoon I was stationed at the front desk and answered the front door to a chap I didn’t know from a bar of soap. He had a large oil painting with him and was reluctant to leave without palming it off on somebody.... Read more

Atmosphere
20 July 2016

DKA Presents | by Alex Bell

Alex Bell Every fortnight at DKA we take it in turns to present something design based to the whole team and we’re calling it DKA presents. Presenting to our peers means we get the opportunity to practice our presenting skills and share our passions with our colleagues.... Read more

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8 July 2016

National Don’t Step On A Bee Day

Guest For us honeybees, six not three is the magic number. It’s the amount of sides each of our cells in the hive have. Having six sides creates the best shape for honey production because they require less wax and can hold more honey, and we all... Read more

camping
22 June 2016

Dr Who makes surprise appearance at cub camp

Andy Batty Wiltshire West District’s Doctor Who Cub Camp 10-12th of June 2016 The thirteenth regeneration of Dr who made a brief appearance at the Wiltshire West, District cub camp at the weekend, whisking the cubs away in the Tardis to the siege of Mafeking in 1899... Read more

Dungeness
21 June 2016

DKA Presents | The “Desert of England” by Adrian Abbs

Adrian Abbs Every fortnight at DKA we take it in turns to present something design based to the whole team and we’re calling it DKA presents. Presenting to our peers means we get the opportunity to practice our presenting skills and share our passions with our colleagues.... Read more

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20 June 2016

My Work Experience | by Poppy Jableman

Guest When I was younger, I always looked forward to watching Grand Designs at home with my Dad after school. I loved watching the original animated plan come to life, as Kevin McCloud gave us a commentary of what new building was to come. I enjoyed... Read more

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20 June 2016

My Work Experience | by Imogen Cartwright

Guest Since I was young I have always wanted to pursue a career in design and architecture or design engineering was ideal due to my love of designing. Enrolling in an architect’s office for work experience would be perfect in acting as a springboard to my... Read more

Jon Fifield
2 June 2016

Exercise is bad for you.

Jon Fifield True to my Welsh origins I like my rugby. Whilst enjoying the proper contact stuff I considered touch rugby, supposedly the gentler cousin of the full contact game, a safer and more responsible alternative. I’ve played at our local club regularly for about the past... Read more

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24 May 2016

Constructing Excellence South West Conference

Alex Bell I guess every industry has its acronyms. At the Bristol Marriott on Friday 21st May the delegates got a goody bag full as the various conference speakers imparted knowledge and wisdom about their selected topic for this year’s Constructing Excellence South West Conference. We were... Read more