DLM Architects

- Our Ethos -

DLM Architects is an award winning RIBA chartered practice built on a framework of architecture, product design and construction, working collaboratively with a network of skilled consultants, hand-picked to meet the specific needs of each project.

We apply coordinated collaboration to innovative design development, ensuring no detail is overlooked between paper and production.

Although a relatively small community, Guernsey is privileged to have a hugely varied landscape supporting a diverse range of lifestyles. The shared ethos of our team is to develop high quality progressive architecture that embraces heritage and challenges convention.

Our experience of local planning policy and the Island Development Plan allows us to identify a balanced contrast between significant character and intelligent design, maximising the potential of your project.  

We create architectural responses, informed by specific site conditions, the ways in which people utilise and inhabit spaces, and the unique and varied ways in which we each choose to live.

Committed to refining our island's built fabric and environment, we work together with planners and industry experts to find solutions that are spatially and energy efficient, for each and every brief.

Our bespoke services incorporate concept design, planning and building licence applications, construction detail, contract and project management.  We work with an array of digital and physical techniques for proposal development and interpretation, ensuring uncompromised design detail.

- Our People -

David De La Mare

Director and Chartered Architect

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

David established DLM Architects in 2011 and is proud to be one of the few Chartered Architects in Guernsey. He is a member of the RIBA, the ARB, a council member of the GSA and sits on the executive committee for the CIF

In 2003 he graduated from Kingston University with First Class Honours and was awarded runner up in the prestigious international RIBA Presidents Medal, before returning to Guernsey to work on various projects at a local chartered architecture practice.
David received Distinction for RIBA Part 2 at London Metropolitan University and once again shortlisted for the RIBA Presidents Medal. During this time he assisted in the successful submission of several international competitions at DRDH, including the Norwegian Concert Hall and City Library in Bodo.
In 2009 David achieved Chartered status with a Distinction in RIBA Part 3 whilst working at ORMS designing and delivering a £20m commercial sports centre for Uppingham School.

David's work aspires to push architectural boundaries and challenge tradition, driven by quality and detail. He explores ways to integrate sustainable architecture with the use of natural, reclaimed and conventional materials utilising progressive fabrication techniques. He drives the practice's ethos to enhance our built environment whilst respecting the impact it has on our planet and beautiful Island.

Grant Steer

Technical Director

MCIAT C. Build E MCABE MIoD

Grant Joined the practice in the summer of 2015 and brings with him over 15 years' experience in Architectural Technology. He is a Chartered Member of the CABE and also a Chartered Member of the CIAT, of which he holds the position of Channel Islands’ Regional Chairman, Councillor and also sits on the highly regarded Conduct Committee.

Locally born, Grant started his career in Guernsey then took the opportunity to work for Capita in Cardiff where he was heavily involved in the £300 million redevelopment of the Royal Derby Hospital and various other healthcare, commercial, retail and industrial projects. Returning to Guernsey in 2006, Grant worked for a local chartered practice where his technical skills and ability to successfully administer projects to completion were quickly recognised.

Although Grant would describe himself as purely ‘technical' he has the ability to take concept design ideas and protect them all the way through the build process so as not to dilute quality design. Grant has also spent many years producing landscape designs for both private and commercial clients and has worked closely with local landscape contractors to produce inspiring landscapes to complement the built environment.

James Hookway

Chartered Architectural Technologist

BA (Hons) MCIAT

At the beginning of 2016, James joined the team at DLM Architects. Having graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2010 and acquiring RIBA Part 1, James returned to the island to acquire some professional experience in the Architectural field. Following a placement with one of the island’s largest contractors and 4 years with another local architectural practice, James attained Chartered Membership with CIAT in 2015.

From a young age, James has always been keen on being involved within the world of architecture, fortified by his various travels around the world from North America to Japan. A large interest in computer technology led to his particular enthusiasm for 3D modelling and digital design, in which he takes pride in producing quality and accurate visuals, whilst constantly refining his process, in order to help clients, contractors and planners better understand design proposals.

With an enthusiastic and friendly approach, James strives to continue developing his knowledge and skill within the field.

Tom Gaudion

Part II Architectural Assistant

Bsc (Hons) M.Arch

After completing his RIBA Part I studies at the Welsh School of Architecture, Tom joined DLM Architects in 2014, bringing with him a high level of presentation skills to the practice.

in 2015 Tom returned to the WSA to complete his RIBA Part II studies, focussing specifically on the tectonic language of materials. Able to integrate what he had learned from his time with DLM, Tom passed with flying colours.

Tom rejoined the team in 2016, where he now works towards completing his RIBA Part III, and qualifying as a Chartered Architect. Day to day Tom works on a variety of projects engaging with all work stages, with an emphasis on design development and presentation. Tom also manages our in house visualisations and online content, constantly striving to improve the way we do things and the quality of information we offer our clients.

Zoe Lihou

Office Manager

FCCA, BSc (Hons)

Zoe joined the team in November 2016. Her primary role is to organise and support the team in all financial, administrative and general office management matters. In addition she levies a fair share of banter and pranks to keep the team on their toes.

Coco

Internal Critic

Coco is a key part of day-to-day life in the studio. Her roles include paper shredding, greeting the postman and welcoming visitors. Most importantly she reminds us that sometimes we just need to take a moment, take things a little less seriously, and have some fun.

- Our Press -

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- Our Accreditation -

RIBA
GSA
ARB
CIG
CABE
CIAT