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 clients individual requirements. We are a design-driven studio which is backed up with 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 – 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 set up MLA Architecture Ltd as an architectural design studio in 2017 after beginning to develop a dedicated client base whilst working in commercial practice.

Professional achievements include a nomination for RIBA President’s Medal in 2010 and subsequently achieving an award for best final thesis from HLM Architects.

Following his completion of RIBA Part I Michael worked with a number of award-winning architectural firms including HLM Architects, GMTW Architects & Woods Hardwick Architects, acting as project lead and helping to design numerous projects ranging from large scale commercial buildings (>£15m) to bespoke residential dwellings.

Michael’s experiences in the industry were the driving force behind starting his own company and establishing his architectural studio which offers services to London, the surrounding boroughs and Bedfordshire.


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Mary Sarpong Senior Architect

Mary is an ARB Chartered Architect with a wealth of experience working in the high-end residential sector.

Mary studied at Kings College, Cambridge in undergrad and London Metropolitan University to complete her architectural education to receive chartered status.

Mary is a conscientious individual who has a wide skill set to manage a varied workload. Her passion lies in listening to the client requirements and developing the brief to form a sensitively considered architecture. As a keen illustrator, she is able to communicate ideas quickly and effectively. Look out for her sketches populating our social feeds!


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Phase 1



Strategic Definition


Preparation and Brief


Concept Design

Enter discussions with the client(s) to ascertain project brief and intended budget

Conduct desktop study to identify on site constraints and planning considerations

(a) Make or (b) Arrange: survey of site and/or buildings

Provide Feasibility Studies/3D Views/Layout options and submit to client(s) for comments

Revised scheme in-line with client comments and agree upon the fixed design to progress into next phase

Provide/Arrange feasibility cost plan to be provided to ensure project is within the clients budget.

Submit pre-planning advice application (if deemed necessary)

Phase 2



Spatial Co-ordination

Develop final drawing set in line with the local authority validation list in preparation for submission. Inclusive of: locations plan, site plan; and (existing and proposed) floor plans, roof plans, elevations and sections

Produce design and access statement, heritage statement and planning statement as required

Submit required application forms and liaise with the local planning authority throughout the determination period 8-10 weeks.

Phase 3

Technical Design


Technical Design

Produce detailed information inclusive of detailed sections, detailed elevations, specifications and 1:5 / 1:10 details as required

Prepare (a) a specification or (b) a schedule of works

Co-ordination of drawn information with Structural Engineer / Consultants

Submitt to Building Control for review and approval via Plan check route

Phase 4


Prepare documents required for tendering purposes

Review of returned tenders in line with the Schedule of Works

Assistance in selection of suitable contractor and assistance in the procurement of the building contract

Advise on an appropriate form of Building Contract, its conditions and the responsibilities of the client, the design team and the contractor

Provide the contractor with the information required for construction.

Review design work produced by contractor's specialist subcontractors

Phase 5

Construction / Handover





Visit the site to see that the work is proceeding generally in accordance with Building Contract

Certify payments for work carried out or completed. Advice on the final cost

Provide ‘As Constructed’ information showing the building and services

Give general advice on maintenance

Make final inspections and advise on the resolution of defects

Agree final account and issue a final certificate