About us

CDA was founded in 1979 and is an award-winning architecture practice. We provide an integrated service in architecture, planning and interior design on projects throughout the UK with a proven track record of delivering major projects and masterplans in the office, business park, retail, residential, education and leisure sectors. We have extensive experience in the design and management of major new build and refurbishment projects.

Consistently featuring in the ‘AJ100’ list of Britain's largest architectural practices CDA prides itself on providing thoughtful, well-focussed advice which leads to well-balanced design solutions that work on every level and deliver optimum value.

Often, the firm has been asked to provide services at different stages of the building process – either in preparing early stage concept designs or in assisting with the implementation of projects through the later design stages and managing the construction process.

We enjoy the opportunity of working with other designers, consultants and contractors as part of the team on major developments.

Our in-house 3D graphics department can provide services for our clients to illustrate buildings in the early concept stages or creating photo realistic images of the complete design.



There are currently no vacancies at CDA, however we always welcome the opportunity to meet with potential candidates should a position arise.  If you would like to send your CV for consideration please email [email protected] (Edinburgh office) or [email protected] (Glasgow office). 

Due to the large number of CV’s we receive we cannot respond to every applicant, however when a new position arises, we will contact suitable applicants we wish to take further.



6 St Andrew Square
- winner BCO Awards (Scotland) for Corporate Workplace
- highly commended RICS Scotland Awards for Commercial Development

Queen Margaret Drive
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Large Housing Development of the Year
- winner Homes for Scotland Awards for Private Development of the Year (Medium)


3-8 St Andrew Square
- winner Scottish Property Awards for Development of the Year (Commercial Buildings)

100 Queen Street
- winner BCO Awards (Scotland) for Refurbished / Recycled Workplace

Horne Terrace
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Apartment Development of the Year
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Small Housing Development of the Year


Malta Terrace
- winner Scottish Home Awards for Small Housing Development of the Year

Ellersly Road
- commendation Saltire Society Awards for Landscape in Housing
- commendation Saltire Society Awards for Multiple Housing Developments


Skyways House
- winner BCO Test of Time Awards.


Skyways House
- winner BCO Regional and National Awards