Established in 2011, by David De La Mare, DLM Architects are a multi award winning RIBA chartered practice. David has always been drawn to residential architecture because of the personal collaboration between architect and client, the relationships formed and emotional investment that develops over the duration of a project. We work closely with all our clients to design exceptional buildings, anything from small renovations to bespoke homes, housing developments and commercial projects. We understand the value and importance of creating spaces that are not only beautiful but are functional and enhance our clients daily lives.
Since the practice was established, it has grown to become one of the most highly recognised Architectural practices in the Channel Islands, winning multiple, prestigious architectural awards.
'Skilfully designed to fit into it's constrained site. The care, precision and attention to details lifted this simple rational form and turned it into a thing of beauty and elegance. It's clear that the architect and builder had a close synergy to be able to produce a building of such quality and clarity. This is a wonderful example of contemporary local architecture.'
The judges of the Guernsey Design Awards
We are passionate about creating spaces that meet the specific needs of the users, but also inspire creativity and encourage interaction and fun. Our studio is no different. It is constantly evolving, a canvas to test ideas and to demonstrate these to clients. It's a life size mood board to excite and explore opportunities, and how these may or may not work in different environments.
We are very proud it was recognised as the winner of the Guernsey Design Awards 'small projects' category in 2018.
Our approach to each project is unique and is informed by context, siting and a clear understanding of the clients brief and ambitions. Our bespoke projects reflect our extensive experience in creating architecture that meets the needs of our clients.
The shared ethos of our team is to develop high quality progressive architecture that embraces heritage and challenges convention, identifying a balance between character and intelligent design, and therefore maximising the potential of your project.
We take great pride in our work, and are passionate about the quality of every single aspect we present to our client. Each building we create is crafted around the unique set of conditions dictated by its context, use, and budget. We believe that in good architecture, even the smallest details have meaning and purpose.
'To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail'
Our highly skilled team believe that we have a social responsibility to improve our environment and enhance the landscape of our island. Whilst sustainable technology has become industry standard, we believe good architecture should also identify how a building can adapt with the lives of it’s occupants and how it can develop from, and enhance the surrounding landscape.
We are committed to design and deliver buildings that minimise energy use and optimise performance, but also promote the health and wellbeing of the users.
We work closely with all our clients to design exceptional buildings, anything from small renovations to bespoke homes, housing developments and commercial projects. We understand the value and importance of creating spaces that are not only beautiful but are functional and enhance our clients daily lives.
“From the outset DLM grasped what we wanted to achieve and delivered much more. Merging a contemporary extension with a traditional Guernsey house, whilst maintaining the traditional features and enhancing our views over the West coast, deserves great credit.” Mr & Mrs O'Neil
“We set DLM the challenge of creating a new gastronomy experience. The concept was to deliver a modern, edgy, industrial space, using raw natural materials. DLM fulfilled the brief with creativity, flare and an obsession to detail. Having worked with other architect firms on and off island, it is evident that they are at the pinnacle of their industry and are professional, providing commercially thoughtful designs to managing contractors that deliver to tight time frames, budget and scope of works.
The team are highly responsive, managing client instructions from the start to completion of a project with complete devotion and a finish that is remarkable.” Vista Hotels Group