DLA Architecture, a top 100 UK architectural practice, has announced two senior promotions as part of its succession planning strategy.
Mark Hargreaves has been promoted from Associate Director to become Director and education sector lead in the Leeds studio. Mark, who has been with DLA for 6 years, has an award-winning track record with considerable experience in developing design solutions for schools across various education Frameworks and key clients. Latterly, Mark is currently focused on offsite construction and component-based design solutions.
Neil Matthews has also been promoted from Associate Director to Director in the London studio. He joined the DLA Leeds office over 16 years ago before relocating to London in 2010. Specialising in large complex mixed-use office & residential design, Neil is widely experienced in leadership, sustainability and collaborative working for both public and private clients. He is also instrumental in growing the London workplace sector and the implementation of digital transformation across the practice, working on projects that have received national awards.
Chris Levett, Group Board Director at DLA Architecture, said:
“We are delighted to announce these well-deserved promotions as we continue to expand and bring in new recruits. Both Neil and Mark have shown incredible loyalty to the practice and dedication to delivering exceptional architectural solutions for our clients.”
“Their passion for high quality design and innovation along with inspiring leadership and mentoring skills will help to drive forward the next chapter for DLA with a strong focus on bespoke, sustainable, and narrative-led contextual architecture.”
DLA Architecture has been established for more than 40 years with offices in Leeds, London and Manchester. The award-winning practice employs over 75 architects, landscape architects, architectural technologists, and graphic designers.
In January DLA announced its succession strategy with a rebrand with an enforces on contextual narrative led architecture and has streamlined its core architectural services to focus on core growth sectors. Whilst its HQ remains in Leeds, it has committed to grow its North West presence with larger premises in Manchester city centre.
DLA is recognised nationally for its award-winning work which includes the sensitive, £21 million PPP delivered community project at Hackney Gardens in London and the transformation of the iconic Majestic building in Leeds city centre. Its expertise covers a broad range of sector including learning, sport, industry, care, workplace, housing, retail, conservation and re-use.