In 1958, Lawrence Bader and Edward Miller founded Bader Miller in High Holborn, London and following the addition of further partners developed it into the Bader Miller Davis Partnership. The name was subsequently changed to bmd Architects and the Practice went from strength to strength as it attracted numerous major Clients. Although both founding partners are now retired, the Practice is still thriving in London in one of the converted Royal Arsenal buildings in historic Woolwich.
bmd Architects continue to successfully apply their skills and resources to achieve optimum solutions for their Clients as they have done in the 60 years since they were established. We continue to regard our Clients requirements as the focus of our design development ensuring that the building not only works as a form but works as an environment. Our basic premise is that a building should be easy to build, economical to construct, efficient to heat and maintain and yet be aesthetically pleasing to both the building user and public at large. To achieve this, bmd Architects pay particular attention to detail, combining principles of traditional methods of construction with current technology. Whilst developing considerable experience over the years within certain fields of Architecture, we have a vast repertoire covering a broad spectrum of building types. bmd Architects do not have a design formula that is adapted to each individual project, instead, each project is approached from first principles, dealing with its own specific issues and requirements.
The Practice has therefore enjoyed a reputation for providing appropriate and sensitive design responses to Clients needs producing practical and efficient buildings.
David attended the Polytechnic of Central London School of Architecture and was awarded their Certificate in Architecture in 1974. He then worked for Chartered Architects in both London and Saudi Arabia before moving to a senior position in the Architecture and Property Department of a London based multi-national PLC. David was in charge of overseeing multi-million pound developments ranging from printing plants to hotel and leisure schemes in the UK and overseas.
In 1990 he decided to move away from the commercial world and return to private practice. He joined Bader Miller Davis Partnership (subsequently named bmd Architects) as an Associate where he took charge of various design teams working on a number of retail, residential and commercial schemes. Due to his substantial technical background and experience combined with his natural management and organisational abilities, he was ideally suited to take control of the numerous large and complex redevelopment and extension projects being undertaken by the Practice to existing stores operated by major Retailers. In doing so, he ensured the buildability of the projects without compromising the retail operation.
David was invited to join the Practice and became a Partner in 2008. Whilst being closely involved with the management and future strategy of the Practice, he continued his close involvement with all stages of the projects within the office ensuring the Practice took full benefit from his extensive experience in a wide variety of building types and broad technical knowledge base.
Matt attended the School of Architecture at the Univeristy of Portsmouth and was awarded their BA (Hons) Degree in Architecture in 2004 followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture in 2007. In 2013 he completed his studies at the Welsh School of Architecture with a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies. Matt has been ARB registered since 2013.
Over the past 15 years Matt has worked for a range of Architecture firms in both the UK and Channel Islands. In this time he has contributed to military and educational buildings as well as large-scale residential projects and bespoke housing. More recently he has focused on projects within the retail sector. Understanding the complexities inherent in all builds allows him to communicate effectively with all disciplines within the industry.
Matt is passionate about usable architecture; beautiful designs that not only look good but meet the Clients future needs, as well as architecture with a strong sense of community use. He has demonstrated this working on everything from housing developments, to technical design work for theatre companies and charitible events.
Joining bmd Architects in April 2012 Matt's main focus was a multifaceted roll-out for 'click and collect' facilities nationwide.
In August 2015 Matt joined David as a Partner in the Practice as it was transformed into bmd Architects LLP. Matt has now taken a leading role in developing the Practice strategy and helping to guide the Partnership into the future.