We endeavour to build relationships with international academia, clinicians and business – collaborating to develop and share innovative architectural design.

Britain is GREAT


DWA Architects have been actively involved in the ‘GREAT Britain Campaign’ – a government initiative which aims to showcase the very best of what Britain has to offer, and encourages countries from around the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.

As part of this scheme, DWA Architects have attended visits around the globe, building relationships with business’, helping us to export our knowledge and expertise.

For example, Anthony Lymath, International Associate at DWA Architects, joined Chancellor George Osborne on his visit to China to attend the 7th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue. Whilst on the trip, Anthony attended a mixture of official lunches, speeches and receptions. In between, various business opportunities were also arranged which were tailored to our expertise. Click here to find out more about this trip.

DWA Architects have also been invited to visit China again in November 2015, and exhibit at the International Healthcare Expo on the ‘Britain Is GREAT, Healthcare UK’ stand.

DWA Architects collaborating with TLD Design Consulting


TLD Design Consulting specialise in high-end interior design for residential, retail, and hospitality projects. With their studio based in Beijing, China, they also act as a bridge between clients and specialist international design studios for projects in China.

DWA Architects have collaborated with them, as we are able to offer our expertise in Elderly Person Care, Assisted Living Facilities and Specialist Care Village developments.


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Architect Partnerships

DWA Architects & Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada


We are currently building a working relationship with Professor Habib Chaudhary, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. 

Professor Chaudhary, a specialist in areas such as Aging and Built Environment and Design for Dementia, is collaborating in the work of DWA Architects, acting as an advisor, which will greatly benefit our clients, particularly within developing countries.

DWA Architects, Guangzhou Medical University & University of Bradford


Mel Fairbourn-Varley, Director of International Projects at DWA Architects, is helping to develop links between two Universities, Guangzhou Medical University & the University of Bradford.

This potential partnership will provide Guangzhou Medical University, Guangdong Province, China, with on-line and visiting lecturers from the University of Bradford, available to train their care staff to UK standards and thereby lift the cultural status of the profession in China.

The innovative collaboration will assist our clients, by bringing world leading Dementia carer and specialist nurse training to the region. This will specifically benefit our Chinese Elderly Care Project, which is designed to accommodate over 750 care home and 450 assisted living residents.

In addition, both Universities offer carer, specialist nursing and Dementia healthcare degrees and so by developing these links, it allows them to share their cross-cultural knowledge and nursing expertise – which will, in turn, help to impact positively on the future of healthcare architecture and environmental design.

We are able to help with such partnerships, due to our strong reputation in healthcare architecture within the UK and overseas


York and Luxor City Twinning Initiative


In an attempt to promote the City of York internationally, and as part of the practices membership of the York Export Forum, DWA Architects have been helping to develop a commercial City Twinning initiative between York, UK and Luxor, Egypt.  

Mel Fairbourn-Varley, Director of International Projects at DWA Architects has already spearheaded talks with Egyptian officials and has involved Professor Joann Fletcher, an Egyptologist and honorary research fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of York and the presenter of the BBC’s Ancient Egypt: Life and Death in the Valley of the Kings. Professor Fletcher has been able to showcase historically how the city-twinning initiative is backed-up with almost 2,000 years of history.

Whilst currently on-hold due to the Arab Spring and the political stabilisation of Egypt, this initiative will in the near future be developed through DWA Architects on-going extensive contacts in the region and in particular across the cities of Cairo and Luxor, Egypt.

Leeds City Region China Business Club


DWA Architects have been collaborating with the Business Confucius Institute, University of Leeds and Leeds & Partners to help establish possible Leeds regional business opportunities with China.

Together they have established Leeds City Region China Business Club, an organisation dedicated to the exchange of ideas, experience and advice with businesses wanting to make an impact with Chinese firms at home and overseas.

Leeds-China Business Club


  • November 2, 2018

    Marketing campaign in China

    Following major success in the Chinese care market over recent years, DWA Architects is increasing its marketing activity in China, and has produced a specific bi-lingual brochure.   This has …

  • September 20, 2018

    DWA target further Chinese expansion with trade visit

    Following the recent completion of numerous major projects in China, York-based DWA Architects is targeting further expansion in the country.   As part of this strategy, the firm also hosted …

  • July 5, 2017


    We are working in the Shenzen province for a first-time care home operator and have prepared designs for the conversion of an existing multi-storey office building into a Care Home. …


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