History of DLG

Built to last

With over four decades worth of experience, we’ve built a practice that we are truly proud of. Our diverse and exciting portfolio attracts acclaim from industry peers and clients alike; our enthusiasm, flair and passion for collaborative working playing a key role in our reputation. 

Working in an agile way, in a manner that suits all needs and wide ranging sectors, we have been able to foster many long-term relationships both with clients and team members; many of our colleagues have been with us for the majority of their architectural careers. 

Take a look at the DLG journey –  we’ve come a long way from a one room office in Manchester Square, London in 1972.

DLG Architects formed…

Damond Lock, Stanley Grabowski & Anthony Walker start the Practice: Damond Lock, Grabowski & Partners, from a small office in Manchester Square, London.

DLG goes overseas

After an exhilarating first two years a rise in inflation to 26% leads to DLG’s first excursion into the overseas market in a bid to expand its client base.

Matthew joins the team

Matthew Borowiecki joined DLG & later becomes a partner in 1993

DLG innovates

DLG starts design work on one of the first energy-efficient enclosed shopping malls that avoids air-conditioning and makes use of stack ventilation.

New technology

One of the first full computer aided design systems (CAD systems by Intergraph) is installed at DLG’s central London Studio, filling an air-conditioned room and costing £50K.

Julian joins the team

Julian Monaghan joins the practice, he becomes Partner in 1987, taking over responsibility for the Leeds office in the 90’s.

DLG publishes their first book

Tony Walker writes “Retail Development” with Peter Morgan. A comprehensive handbook on shopping development.

DLG expands into the North

The workload in the North of England grows & DLG establishes a northern studio just outside Leeds.

DLG partners up with Walkers Crisps

With the recession beginning to bite, DLG continues its research programme and publishes data on Design Build Contracts and Retail Trends. The practice is appointed by Walkers to design their “temples to the humble Crisp” throughout the uk.

International growth continues

American Multiplex Cinemas (AMC) select DLG to act for them in a dramatic development programme of large multiplex cinemas with 24 & 30 screens. Work also starts on site at Windsor Royal Station and the Fishergate Centre Preston.

New London office and awards

DLG London office celebrates the millennium with a move to new studios in Spitalfields and ends up refurbishing most of the buildings in the street! DLG wins the prestigious “Vision 100” business award from BT.

Andrew becomes partner

Andrew Gardner, Jill Rayson & Gareth Gerner become Partners in the Practice.

The Light is opened

“The Light” in Leeds city centre opens its door to wide acclaim and wins 6 awards in the same year.

Julian takes over as Senior Partner

Tony Walker retires at Senior Partner and becomes a consultant, Julian Monaghan replaces him

DLG wins Yorkshires Best Architects

The Practice wins Yorkshire Property Awards – Best Architect

Two major projects open their doors

Willow Place, Corby completes along with a new Boutique outlet centre in Toulouse France. The Atrium Camberley also opens its doors to much acclaim.

New Leeds offices and more major projects go live

DLG Leeds Studio moves to Brewery Wharf. Caley’s Dept store in Windsor is converted into major hotel. Arla foods Stourton Dairy completes.

DLG wins Rudding Park and The Majestic Leeds

The famous Rudding Park Hotel appoints DLG to complete a 55 bed extension and Spa. The Majestic Leeds undergoes major restoration scheme.

David becomes partner

David Bailey is promoted to Partner in the Practice.

Ed Bucknall joins

Ed Bucknall re-joins the practice as Associate Director having been Part 2 student in Leeds studio

Simon becomes Associate Director

Jill Rayson retires as a Partner with Simon Hill promoted to Associate Director. Sailmakers, Ipswich wins industry “Oscar” Revo Gold Award for best refurbishment.

More awards & DLG rebrands

Our London team welcomed new staff members including Victoria Simpson, who joined us as our new Associate Director.

“Platform” Leeds completes and “The Venue” Hempstead Valley wins best Commercial Industrial and Retail award. We undertake a rebrand and launch new website!

More awards and Phase Two of our Rebrand

“Platform” Leeds received the Yorkshire Property Awards prestigious ‘Game Changer’ award, and is a finalist in the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards, while Ashville College Sports Centre, Harrogate, was shortlisted for multiple Educational Building awards.

The DLG rebrand entered Phase Two, with further website developments and a make-over for the Leeds studio.


  • DLG Architects has achieved a competitive advantage by identifying and counteracting some of the problems traditionally found in project management within the construction industry. It has also adapted to the needs of a changing marketplace

    Management Today
  • We use DLG because they go beyond just being architects, they are problem solvers and provide a logical approach to ensure delivery. DLG don’t just view projects in isolation they provide quality advise to ensure that we future proof our assets so we can maximize value now and into the future.

    Giles Mount
    LaSalle Investment Management
  • DLG Architects have completed the reinvention and transformation of Platform (formerly City House) located above Leeds Train Station. We are delighted with the end result which has raised the bar for commercial office space in the Leeds city centre market.

    Craig Burrow
    Director of Leeds, Bruntwood
  • DLG Architects have helped us achieve a competitive advantage by identifying and counteracting some of the problems traditionally found in City centre sites. A number of architects tend to struggle with retail projects due to a poor understanding of occupiers needs but working with DLG I found them to be absolutely on the money in this regard.

    Richard Tovey
    Director, Eshton Group
  • Andrew Gardner and the team will go the extra mile for clients in order to balance competing imperatives and arrive at creative but deliverable schemes in an efficient way. Andrew is a highly effective communicator at consultation events and in presentations to local planning authorities.

    Carolyn Lord
    Solicitor, LB & Co Limited
  • DLG help us to achieve a competitive advantage by identifying problems and providing innovative solutions to assess development opportunities…. Great team players, I’m a big fan!

    Russell Rigby
    Managing Director, Rigby + Co
  • I have found DLG to be consistently proactive, and quick to address any day to day challenges during the construction process. This is further complemented through their friendly and approachable team.

    Robert Simpson MRICS
    Director, Paragon Building + Projects Consultant
  • Initially we went to DLG with a concept for our new factory but they have helped us achieve a much more functional, aesthetic and cost effective design. Throughout the project they have been a great asset and have taken over the running of the project liaising with the local planning team, builders and building regs whilst keeping us up to date on the projects progress.

    Katie Fishwick
    Director, Specialised Covers
  • We have been delighted with the design which DLG Architects came up with for our M&S Simply Food Store in Harrogate. The building was sympathetic to the surrounding landscape whilst providing a modern sustainable building which has been a huge success since opening. As we have come to expect, DLG provided a first class service throughout the project both in coming up with the design concept and throughout the delivery of the project on site, the results of which are there for all to see

    Dan Murray
    St James Securities
  • Ashville College has worked with DLG for the last five years, including on two fairly complex projects and also a master planning exercise for the whole school. DLG are great at understanding our requirements and turning those into designs that work. We’ve been particularly impressed by their project management during both of the build projects; their efforts and flexibility have ensured that contractors deliver what they promise and that projects are delivered on time. We have had no hesitation in appointing DLG to work with us on our next major refurbishment.

    Dr Dean White
    Bursar & Clerk to the Governors Ashville College.

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