Neighborhoods That Thrive 

We build neighborhoods.  We design actual neighborhoods and the tools required to shape them. And every building we design is envisioned and realized as part of a neighborhood.

Places of work, places of commerce, places to live. And all of the places In between

DTA merges genuine sustainability and positive urbanism though a Neighborhood-centric approach to building design. We craft buildings that are connected, engaged and responsive to healthy neighborhood patterns and functional neighborhood economies.

We design projects that are important to the community, either as focal points for singular uses, or as small parts of a larger fabric. Thus, we build schools, churches and small retail shops. We build live work lofts and genuine mixed-use buildings. We build houses, hotels, recreational facilities and parks.

We also plan entire neighborhoods and produce the tools used to shape them. Robust town plans, planning and design policies, architectural design standards and infrastructure strategies. Long term visioning that informs near term decisions.

We embrace traditional neighborhood patterns as a key strategy of genuine sustainability.  We seek to build communities in ways that offer diverse life style and workplace opportunities that have not been on the menu for decades (and may never have been on the menu before.) Opportunities that will allow far more people to make better choices about where to live, where to work and how to spend more of their time in their community and less on the highway.

Walkable neighborhoods and bikeable schools, places to work nearby and places to start that business that you’ve dreamed of.  Neighborhoods where you can live right after college and right after retirement. And the whole time in between if you so choose.

With a high regard for the potential (and necessary) symbiosis that occurs between varying projects in a neighborhood, and various neighborhoods within a community, we consider a broad context and a wide array of issues, informed by our expansive knowledge of relevant public, political, legal and environmental factors.

We engage communities to ensure responsive design, predictable economics and political acceptance.

With genuine respect for our clients’ needs and concerns, we design projects that are sensitive to the neighborhood while successful for owners and developers. We believe this is the only way to allow neighborhoods to thrive and survive. More importantly, we believe this is the only way we can build the communities we need to face the future.