1. Research
    We design, teach and foster talent, write and share our thoughts about architecture with the wider public as well as the profession. Our intention is to open up the world of architecture and invite people in, to explore and learn about the role of spatial design in our lives.
  2. Sharing the Beautiful Everyday Journey
    As recipients of the 2016 Built Environment Research Fellowship – awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – DSDHA have investigated the nature of London’s urban mobility, taking into account often overlooked aspects of aesthetic and psychological order. Building on this research, we have devised a methodology...
  3. The Business of Research
    As guest editors for the internationally renowned journal Architectural Design (AD), Deborah Saunt, Tom Greenall and Roberta Marcaccio have brought together acclaimed practices and writers from around the world to question what research means within the practice of architecture. Exploring the emerging landscape of...
  4. Photography as a design tool
    How to re-imagine a 20th Century architectural landmark? Drawing on the Smithsons’ interest in understanding how buildings and spaces change over time, as well as on our historical and grounded research, we used photography as a tool to research the evolution of the Economist Plaza and guide our project for the ensemble...
  5. Burnt Timber
    As the UK's first charred timber building, Parkside Pavilion was developed using a unique technique specifically devised by DSDHA to burn the wood.
  6. Mess: Spatial Strategies for London's Cultural Infrastructure
    Working collaboratively with our students from the London School of Architecture (LSA), we have addressed some of the issues raised by the Mayor's Cultural Infrastructure strategy and devised a spatial strategy to “sustain London’s future as a cultural capital.”
  7. House of European Art: University of Navarra Studio
    As part of DSDHA's ongoing research on Cultural Infrastructure, Director Deborah Saunt co-led a studio at the University of Navarra developing designs for a new "House of European Art" in Vauxhall, London.
  8. Collective Impressions
    A paper delivered by Roberta Marcaccio on DSDHA's Grounded Research methodology at the Inter=Photography and Architecture International Conference in Pamplona, Spain.
  9. Beautiful Infrastructure
    Each year DSDHA’s Unit tackles an aspect of the city that challenges our preconceptions, often confronting issues that might appear unpalatable or beyond the remit of the traditional architect, such as exclusivity in Mayfair, deregulation in Soho or oligarchy in The City. We aim to redefine where architecture inserts itself...
  10. Cultural Infrastructure 2015-16: Production
    Each year DSDHA’s Unit tackles an aspect of the city that challenges our preconceptions and, with each investigation, we produce beautiful architecture alongside relevant provocations that attract attention from a world beyond of the Cass. This year the course seeks to define London's cultural infrastructure – the spaces...
  11. Oligarchy and Architecture
    Each year DSDHA’s Diploma Unit at London Metropolitan University tackles a part of London that challenges our preconceptions, often confronting issues that might appear unpalatable, such as exclusivity in Mayfair, or deregulation in Soho. In 2012-2013, DSDHA and the students in Unit 11 asks if The City needs more diversity...
  12. The Mayfair Mission
    London is a so-called “World City.” The proximity of its diverse inhabitants makes for extraordinary exchange and meaningful interaction. Transactions of extreme wealth and influence differentiate London and link it with only a few other cities globally. In 2009, DSDHA's and the students of Unit 13 at London Metropolitan...
  13. Free State of Soho
  14. Think Zinc
    During the construction of the pigmented zinc facade for Alex Monroe Studio, DSDHA visited the site at 37 Snowsfields to learn about the art of bespoke zinc facade fabrication.The specialist zinc craftsman on site introduced the studio to the process of cutting, folding, and installing the complex profiled pigmented zinc...
  15. Super-Density
    How can we build more homes in the centre of historic cities without the negative impacts usually associated with high-density?
  16. Other Stories: Alternative Perspectives on Design
    For the London Design Festival 2017 DSDHA presented a model of the iconic Albert Memorial as part of the Brompton Design District’s multidisciplinary show, Other Stories: Alternative Perspectives on Design.  
  17. Deconstructing Sinan's Townscape
    “…one thing remains the same: the place the Bosphorus holds in our collective heart….(it) sustains the city and all those who dwell in it.” - Orhan PamukInvited by Turkish Ceramics and the AJ, DSDHA explores the works of Mimar Sinan's, the first 'Starchitect', and writes about the picturesque in Isntanbul. 
  18. Orbits and Trajectories - PhD research by Deborah Saunt
  19. Vesta House: Designing for Openness
    A paper delivered by DSDHA Associate John Zhang at the Future of Open Building Conference at ETH Zurich in September 2015. 
  20. Monumentimals
    ‘Monumentimals’ was DSDHA’s contribution to the Monumental Masonry Exhibition, held at Sir John Soane’s Museum from 6th December 2014 – 24th January 2015.
  21. Good Intentions
    DSDHA's competition entry for the British Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale explored the heated debate surrounding publicly owned space as an enduring legacy of Modernity.
  22. Re-imagining Albertopolis
    In 2010, Deborah Saunt was awarded the Research Fellowship in the Built Environment by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851. The generous grant supported an intensive research programme to develop a comprehensive understanding of public realm issues facing the Albertopolis, specifically the area around the Royal...
  23. Cultural Infrastructure: A talk by Rory Hyde
  24. On Concrete - A talk by Anthony Thresh
    Specialist contractor, concrete expert and long term DSDHA collaborator Anthony Thresh gave a talk at DSDHA studios on Monday 17th March, to the practice and DSDHA's students at the CASS School of Art. Anthony spoke about his vast and varied experience working with concrete as a material in construction. His work spans...
  25. Self Made City - A talk by Kristien Ring
    Kristien Ring from the Berlin-based Active Architecture Project visited DSDHA to deliver her lecture 'Self Made City'.Kristien spoke about self-initiated building projects as an alternative mean to deliver high quality design in the built environment.See the video of the talk below.For more information visit the AA Project...
  26. Rome Study Trip
  27. Above and Below
    Each year DSDHA’s Unit tackles an aspect of the city that challenges our preconceptions, often confronting issues that might appear unpalatable or beyond the remit of the traditional architect, such as exclusivity in Mayfair, deregulation in Soho, or the un-nurtured potential of Infrastructure projects like HS2. With each...
  28. If We Could Design London
  29. David Hills in Conversation with Edmund de Waal at the Royal Academy
    Series: Talks Date: 8th December 2014 Time: 18:30 – 19:45 Venue: Geological Society Location: Piccadilly, W1
  30. Christ's College Heat Recovery
    Researching through our project for Christ's College School to develop a sustainable and efficient Heat Recovery System for use throughout the building.
  31. AA Lecture - Why Architecture Must Never Stand Still
    Series: Evening Lecture Date: 20th November 2014Time: 18:00Venue: AA Lecture Hall