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motivational mapping
9 May 2016

#MondayMotivation?

Guest If you’ve been following us on twitter, you may have noticed we’ve jumped aboard the #mondaymotivation band wagon…. …and why not?! Motivation at work is such an advantage. We spend approximately one third of our lives at work, so it goes without saying we should... Read more

St Gregs
11 April 2016

The world really is their oyster

David Munday Avid readers of my blog (thanks mum) may remember I was asked to conduct some mock interviews at St Gregory’s school in Bath at the start of the year. I was pretty pleased with myself when the school emailed me to ask if I would... Read more

Ecobuild
22 March 2016

Ecobuild 2016

Alex Bell I am becoming something of an Ecobuild veteran having made the journey to Excel over the past four or five years. It is often a barometer for the industry or trends – remember when PV suppliers took up half of the south hall? The most... Read more

landscape
17 March 2016

Insert Inspiring Quote Here

Jo Griffin Instagram. They love an inspiring quote over there don’t they. My favourites are the completely nonsensical ones which are so profound – here’s one for you – But the ones I think are downright depressing are the pretty pink and rose gold ‘motivators’, for example... Read more

Bath
2 February 2016

Keep on ‘in keeping’ on

Alex Bell ‘But is it in keeping?’ Ask any architect – their most hated phrase is probably ‘in keeping’. Two horrid little words customarily trotted out as a reaction to anything new. It implies, why spoil what is here with THAT? To the designer it is an... Read more

Future
15 January 2016

The future is bright

David Munday The first crisp January morning of 2016 saw me nervously approaching reception at St Gregory’s School in Bath not knowing what to expect. I may have left school 25 years ago but there was a familiarity as soon as I walked through the front doors.... Read more

DKA studio internal
23 October 2015

Every day’s a school day | working at DKA

Guest ‘You learn something new everyday’ I love that phrase, it’s so true. Everyday’s a school day. You may have worked with architects before, but I have compiled a list of things I’ve learnt from working with them at DKA for 3.5 years, lessons and top tips... Read more

BBC three counties
2 October 2015

BBC Three Counties – Tales of the unexpected

Alex Bell When we first met with the Editor of BBC Three Counties Radio we were given our brief in two parts. The first was the technical brief, driven largely by BBC Standards similar across all similar local radio stations. Compliance with this part of the brief... Read more

never stop the action
28 September 2015

NEVER STOP THE ACTION, KEEP IT UP! KEEP IT UP!

David Munday Wise words indeed from Grace Jones in her 1985 world-wide hit “Slave to the Rhythm” The funny thing is, if you’ve got an A’ level in Computer Science (luckily I have), or a child aged 3 or above (sadly I don’t) you can sync your... Read more

banner-imageBC
22 September 2015

Welcome, to the DKA blog

Guest Firstly, welcome to DKA’s Blog! It is a great pleasure to welcome you, and be one of the first people to write a post on our shiny new blog. I can’t remember precisely when we decided to add a blog feature to our website, but... Read more

Malt house internal shot
19 September 2015

Acceptable in the 80’s

David Kent On the occasion of DKA’s inaugural blog posting, I can’t help but reflect on some of the changes to the office and working practices that have happened since we set ourselves up in 1993. Without a doubt digital technology has had the biggest single impact... Read more

Bridgwater Community Hospital for DKA
11 September 2015

Designing to make a difference

Rebecca Furse A quarter of UK hospital patients have dementia. The recent, and heart-breaking, BBC2 programme ‘Nowhere to Go’ told the story of Evelyn, a patient with advanced dementia. She found the hospital disorientating and was becoming aggressive, at one point being restrained by security guards. Visiting... Read more

midfield
15 September 2015

Midfield Dynamo – Advice for recent graduates

Alex Bell Creative people have good ideas, but it takes a team of creative people to achieve great things. Neil Armstrong didn’t get to the Moon on his own, and Damien Hirst doesn’t always pickle his own cows. For some people, recognition is their reward. For others... Read more

banner image
12 September 2015

Pivot, filter, step ball-change

David Munday When I first started work in a dusty old accounts office way back in 1992, there was an odd mix of carbon paper, manual ledgers and tiny green screened monitors attached to terminals that allowed us access to either the Purchase Ledger or the Sales... Read more

Design for SEN
1 September 2015

Designing for Special Needs

Andy Batty Special needs is a subject with bucket loads of emotion for all involved; frustration, triumph, loneliness, friendship, anger, appreciation, pride and respect; but for me the emotion is joy. I am privileged to design schools for pupils with special needs, and there are many reasons... Read more