Studio

With over twenty-five years of experience, the DJA team has a proven track record of delivering successful buildings.

Our comprehensive approach ensures that we have a deep understanding of every aspect of the project, allowing us to create designs that meet our clients' needs and exceed their expectations.

We are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative solutions that are both functional and beautiful, and we take great pride in the relationships we build with our clients.

1 DavidJames

(Managing Director)
Principal Architect

6 AlexanderWatts


Architect

Mia Anfield min


Senior Architectural Designer

21 Kim Pugh v2


Senior Architectural Technologist

12 EceSelimoglu


Architectural Assistant (Part 2)

15 NinaAugust


Practice Manager

David James BAS, BArch, RIBA, ARB

Managing Director

Principal Architect

David James is an accomplished architect with a passion for innovative design and a wealth of experience in the field. He embarked on his architectural journey at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he pursued his studies in Architecture and obtained a Bachelor of Architecture qualification.

In 1997, David made the pivotal decision to relocate to England, and in 2009, he founded David James Architects, a highly regarded architectural firm that has consistently pushed boundaries and achieved remarkable success. Under David's guidance, the practice has been recognised with over 20 prestigious awards, cementing its reputation for excellence in architectural design. With over 26 years as a Chartered Architect, David's expertise and visionary approach have solidified his position as a leading figure in the industry.

At the heart of David's architectural philosophy is a hands-on approach that sets the design standard for the entire practice. His keen eye for detail, coupled with a deep understanding of each project's unique potential, allows him to unlock the intrinsic value of every site he works on. David specialises in site appraisals and feasibility studies, ensuring that each design concept aligns seamlessly with its surroundings and serves the needs of its occupants.

Beyond the world of architecture, David's creative spirit extends into various artistic pursuits. A lover of drawing and ceramic sculpture, he nurtures his creativity through these expressive mediums. David is an avid art collector and sports car enthusiast, and more than anything enjoys spending time with his family. His commitment to innovative design, and his unwavering dedication to his craft have earned him a prominent place within the architectural community and an indelible mark on the architectural landscape of the south of England.

Alex Watts BA Hons, M Arch, ARB

Architect

Alex has been with the DJA team for 8 years and has made significant contributions to the practice with his creative mindset and strong understanding of design and architecture. Alex graduated from Manchester School of Architecture in 2015 and in 2017 he qualified as a Registered Architect (ARB) showing his commitment to his profession and the development of his skills.

Alex has a keen eye for detail and proficiency in CAD software and Building Information Modelling (BIM). These skills are valuable in the field of architecture and contribute to the creation of detailed, accurate and visually stunning designs.

In his free time, Alex has an adventurous side, enjoying rollercoasters and other adrenaline-fueled rides. He loves to travel and is slowly working his way through Europe’s Theme Parks! When at home he takes great pleasure in sketching and painting, allowing him to express his creativity in a different medium.

Mia Anfield BArch (SA), SACAP, RIBA

Senior Architectural Designer

Mia, our Senior Architectural Designer, brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge to our practice. With over 33 years of industry experience, Mia ran her own successful architectural practice in South Africa for 17 years before relocating to the UK in 2017.

During her time in South Africa, Mia worked on several notable projects, including the New Jerusalem Children's Home, which received recognition and was published in two architectural books. Her NJCH Container Home design was also acknowledged at the Eskom eta Awards in 2013. Mia's expertise and contributions to the field were further recognised when she was invited to contribute to the architectural book titled "Adaptive Architecture – Changing Parameters and Practice" in 2017.

Aside from her architectural accomplishments, Mia also possesses extensive experience in project management and is known for her excellent communication skills. Her keen eye for detail and architectural expertise makes her an invaluable member of the DJA Team.

In her free time, Mia keeps herself fit with spinning classes and taking her dog, Pippa, for walks. She also enjoys indulging in reading, knitting, and listening to crime podcasts.

Kim Pugh N. Dip Arch

Senior Architectural Technologist

Kim is an experienced architectural professional with a career spanning 26 years in the industry. She relocated to the UK in 2021 from South Africa, where she had an established career as an Associate in an Architectural Practice. With her extensive experience and wealth of knowledge, she brings valuable skills to her role at DJA.

Throughout her career, Kim has worked on a wide range of projects encompassing residential, commercial, hotel, warehousing, and retail design. Among her notable achievements are the Nelson Mandela Foundation offices in Houghton, Johannesburg, and her involvement in The Mall of Africa, which was the largest single-phase mall built in South Africa at that time.

Kim is known for her conscientiousness, diligence, and precision in all aspects of the drawing process, building regulations, and project management. Her attention to detail and commitment to delivering high-quality work make her an invaluable asset to her team.

Outside of her professional pursuits, Kim is a creative individual who enjoys exploring her artistic side. She loves painting, pottery, and crafting, showcasing her talent and versatility beyond the architectural realm.

Ece Selimoglu BArch (TR), M Arch, ARB

Architectural Assistant (Part 2)

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Ece joined DJA in 2017 having graduated from the Arts University Bournemouth and brings a diverse range of skills to the practice. Her architectural talent, attention to detail, and artistic flair make her a valuable asset to the Concept/Planning team. Her proficiency in drafting and knowledge of drawing software, including 3D modelling, further enhances her ability to create visually appealing presentations for clients.

In addition to her role at DJA, Ece is soon to graduate with a PhD. Her experience in academic writing, analytical skills, and research abilities contribute to the practice in a meaningful way. These skills allow her to approach projects with a thorough understanding and a keen eye for in-depth analysis.

In her free time, Ece is a keen walker and enjoys exploring the British countryside. This passion for nature likely inspires her creativity in Architecture and gives her relief from her academic studies. She loves to keep fit, and is also an accomplished Yoga guru!

Nina August BA Hons Fine Art

Practice Manager

Having worked for David for the past 21 years, Nina has been with DJA since its inception in 2009. With a background in Fine Art from the London Institute, she brings a creative touch to her role at DJA. Her responsibilities include creating graphics and advertisements, managing marketing and social media initiatives, and assisting with planning drawings when required. Over the years, Nina has become the go-to person for IT-related matters within the company. She has developed a reputation for her ability to solve technical issues and has essentially become the 'IT Department' at DJA.

Outside of work, Nina enjoys walking her dog and horse riding with her daughter, which allows her to explore her passion for outdoor activities and animals.

Sustainability

DJA’s designs aim to reduce the environmental impact of the built environment and promote a more sustainable future.

We incorporate sustainable design principles in all our designs, such as energy efficiency, use of renewable resources, and minimising waste.

Another important aspect that we consider is social impact.  By designing buildings and places that are accessible, inclusive, and promote social interaction, DJA help create communities that are healthier, happier, and more connected.

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