David Miller Architects is a London based architectural practice with a growing reputation for developing innovative, technology-led solutions to solve tricky problems around design, programme and budget. We work for a wide range of clients, helping them to create high quality spaces for learning, living, working and relaxing, making the most of existing buildings and new sites. Some have complex geometries or specific technical requirements, like our refurbishment of the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and others, like Anstey Hall Barns in Cambridge, involve the conservation of historic and listed structures. We use new technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Virtual Reality (VR) to help us design and test our ideas as well as communicate them in an open, collaborative way.
We partner with the UTC to encourage and support young people into the many rewarding careers that architecture and construction offer from the broadest range of backgrounds. This way we make the most of all available talent pools, reflect the communities that we work in and use our diversity to find new solutions to our clients’ challenges.
How David Miller Architects will help students at the UTC
We offer work experience placements throughout the year where you get the opportunity to come and work for a week in our practice. During the week, you work on your own real project, analysing and resolving a client brief, designing buildings using digital design software, choosing materials, transforming the design into Virtual Reality so that you can ‘walk around’ your design and creating a client report at the end of it. These work placements give real insights into the work of architects, our clients, other consultants and engineers involved in the design and construction process.
We provide workshops for Westminster City Council’s annual Enterprise Week. These are open for UTC students to attend and involve being set a project using virtual design tools to solve real life problems like the housing crisis.
We welcome students to come and visit our studio to get a feel for what an architect’s practice is like. Our ‘one big desk’ studio gives insights into our collaborative way of working.
We support the innovative Design Engineer Construct (DEC) programme that is being taught at Westminster UTC and directly links education and industry, helping to tackle the skills gap.
Did you know?
David Miller Architects is a young diverse office where people are given the training and support from the outset to take on responsibility and fast-track their career development.
Already our work experience programme has encouraged a number of school leavers to go onto university to study architecture and the training we provide and the take-away documents are useful for portfolio/coursework/applications etc.
To date, seven people from our work experience programme have come to work for the practice on a permanent basis.
Here is some feedback on our work experience placements from Shaffi Mohammed Haq Chowdury, a Westminster student:
“I now have a clearer idea of what architecture is and what architects do, and my passion for architecture has increased. I am highly likely to pursue a career in architecture now. Learning how to use Revit is something I will cherish forever. This will certainly benefit me in the future, on the path of becoming an architect. Also, I learnt to never give up! Even if things get complicated and tough, I learnt to overcome the problem.”