MLA | About us

MLA Architecture Ltd is an award-winning architectural design studio established since 2017 offering services across residential, conservation and commercial architecture sectors.

The studio’s first goal is to design well-considered spaces which are tailored to the client’s individual requirements. We are a design-driven studio which is backed up by a sound technical foundation. Our work includes Developments, Houses, Extensions, Basements, Conversions and Renovations. We approach each project with an open mind and offer our experience to find the best design for the project and our clients.  We use the latest 3D design tools and BIM software to enable our clients to immerse themselves in the design process.

We offer the full suite of architectural services from concept design and planning permission right through to building control approval and project management.

We like to keep active on social media and you will find our content is continuously updated with live projects.


Recent Awards

BUILD – Leading Architectural Design Studio Specialising in Innovative Residential, Commercial and Conservation Projects, 2022

BUILD – Most Innovative Residential Design Practice – South London 2021

BUILD – Best Residential Property Transformation Project (South London): Wrap House 2021

BUILD – Best Residential & Commercial Architecture Practice South London 2020

BUILD – Recognised Leaders in Architecture and Design, London, 2020

Greater London Enterprise Awards – Best Rural Residential Architecture Firm 2020

Meet the team

Michael Langley Founding Director

Michael has a real passion for transforming unloved and uninspiring spaces into beautifully crafted, functional homes which exceed expectations. He holds a degree in Architecture and Sustainable design along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management. The combination of skills both in architectural design and project management ensures the design flair offered at MLA is backed up with a sound knowledge of construction and project delivery.

Michael is onboard with you throughout the duration of your project. Ensuring your brief is fully realised and your project is delivered to the highest standards.

In his spare time, Michael is a keen gym goer, family man and dog enthusiast (He has a Pug called Frank who often makes an appearance in the office!)

If you would like to speak to Michael regarding a new project.

Please feel free to submit your details via our contact form HERE



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Alberto Palacios Senior Architectural Technologist

Alberto is our technical wizard at MLA.

Alberto has a real passion for ensuring the technical details of our projects are worked through in meticulous detail. With degrees in both Architectural Engineering and Architectural Technology, his understanding of construction and building science is second to none. His ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously whilst still ensuring the output is of the highest standard really brings a great skill set to MLA. As a client, you will come into contact with Alberto in the latter stages of your project when we begin to bring all the required technical aspects together.

In his spare time, Alberto loves to revisit his family in his hometown in Northern Spain.


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Our Process

Phase 1



Strategic Definition


Preparation and Brief


Concept Design

During the feasibility period, we will arrange for a measured survey to be undertaken by one of our surveying partners. The detailed survey will provide highly accurate base information for us to begin working from.

Once received we will proceed to develop a series of design options in both 2d and 3d. We go into a high level of detail early on to ensure the interior spaces are highly functional and offer the best solution to complement your brief.

Once we have reached a fixed design we will proceed to put together a preliminary cost estimate for the project to ensure the proposed design is achievable for your budget.

Once all parties are happy we will proceed to the next phase

Timescale 4-6 weeks

Phase 2



Spatial Co-ordination

During the planning phase, we will put together all the required drawings and associated documents in line with the local authority validation guidelines.

We will submit the planning application on your behalf and liaise with the case officer throughout the 8-10 week determination period.

We will advise you early if we feel the project poses any risk at planning and we will provide solutions to combat any resistance that may be received from the planning department.

We have a 95% success rate in achieving approval the first time round at the Planning stage

Timescale 8-10 weeks

Phase 3

Technical Design


Technical Design

Once Planning has been approved we will proceed with the Technical design stage which includes everything you require in order to obtain quotes from contractors and commence works on site.

The first step is to instruct a structural engineer in order to provide design and calculations for all of the structural elements which form part of your project. These can include but are not limited to; foundations, steel beams, timber sizing, pad stones and lintels. We will arrange 2-3 quotes from our recommended partners to choose from.

Once we have received the structural engineer's designs we will proceed to develop our technical drawing set which will include all specifications and details to ensure your project complies with building regulations. We will submit the technical design package along with the engineer's designs to building control on your behalf and we will attend to any comments which are returned to us to ensure the project is fully compliant in order to achieve sign off prior to works commencing on site.

In conjunction with the building control submission, we will also advise if any party wall agreements are required as part of your project. We will put you in touch with our recommended partners to take you through the party wall process. Generally, the party wall surveyor will require our technical design drawings along with the engineer's designs in order to submit the initial notices to each of your neighbours. During the party wall process, we will provide the party wall surveyors with any additional information they require in order for the party wall awards to be finalised.

As party wall awards and building control approval can take up to 4-6 weeks we use this time to begin working through your project in further detail. We will develop; electrical & mechanical plans, interior elevations, bathroom design, kitchen design, bespoke joinery design and put together a detailed schedule of works.

We work everything out upfront so when we come to tender the contractor has all the information they need, leaving no stone left unturned!

Timescale 8 weeks

Phase 4




Once we have our fully detailed technical design package complete we are all set to go out to Tender.

During this period we typically invite 4-5 contractors to tender for your project. We recommend our own vetted contractors but we are also happy to include any contractors which have been recommended to you by friends and family.

Once the formal tender invites have been sent out we will arrange a 'Tender Day' where we will meet with each contractor at your property and go through the project in full detail to ensure the contractor is fully aware of the detail outlined within our drawings and specifications.

Once the 'Tender Day' is complete we will provide each contractor with a tender deadline in order to return their quotations by (typically 2 weeks).

When all tenders have been returned we will conduct a tender analysis and go back to each contractor which items to clarify. We will provide you with our recommendation of which contractor(s) to shortlist. At this stage, we will proceed into further discussions with the shortlisted contractor(s) and advise which contractors should be discounted from the tender process.

Once we have shortlisted 1 or 2 contractors we generally advise you to arrange to go and see some of their completed projects and speak to some of their previous clients to ensure you have the peace of mind and security that you are proceeding with a contractor with a solid reputation and evidence of delivery projects of a similar size and scale.

Once you are happy with the contractor we will put together the building contract to be signed by all parties.

Timescale 4-6 weeks

Phase 5

Construction / Handover





During construction, we will act as the Contract Administrator throughout the build period.

We will visit the site fortnightly to confirm works are completed and sign off any payments due from the client to the contractor.

We will assist in ensuring any on-site designs changes required are dealt with in a timely manner to ensure the project stays on schedule.

We will liaise with building control and ensure the contractor has booked inspections when required and that building control has all the information they require in order to sign off each stage of the project.

We will ensure any items which are down as client supply are ordered at the correct time to ensure the builder has these items when he needs them.

We will confirm any works which are outside of the contract sum and ensure a price is agreed for any additional works between the client and contractor.

We will conduct a detailed snagging report when works are deemed practically complete and ensure the itemised snags are attended to by the contractor in a timely manner.

Once all snagging is complete and the defects period (typically 3 months) has lapsed we will revisit the site to confirm all works are complete and issue our final sign off certificate.

We will ensure the contractor has pulled together all the warranties and project documents into a binder for you to form your Handover pack.

Now you can enjoy your new home!

Timescale (supplied by contractor)