Design should always be driven by the potential of what could be. In architecture, form capturing beautiful space to be used and enjoyed is the ultimate outcome. At DJA we believe form is the result of the process.


Design is always a team effort. The clients are always our first and best collaborators and team members. Our detail oriented, interview / design based approach to the production of programs, plans, and buildings yields results the client can use, understand, and benefit from for years to come. It's by fostering this mutual trust and understanding that the best design solutions are manifest


Each design project contains the capacity to engender discovery. We've seen firsthand that when each project is treated as its own unique endeavor, the team learns things along the way that shape the outcome. Many design teams will bring predetermined solutions they try to 'adjust' to fit the client needs. At DJA, we approach each project as a unique and precious opportunity to discover something new -- this is the space where innovation is born.


Effective design is measured by its users. Not only do we seek to collaborate with our immediate clients, but we also must understand who ultimately will be impacted by our work. Once we know this, we determine the other parties who need to be engaged throughout the design process—the user groups who need to “buy-in.” We find this approach leads to better yields, richer, more valuable outcomes and spaces that serve their purpose long into the future