MLA Architecture

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

Meet the team

Michael Langley Founding Director

Michael started carrying out freelance architectural work in 2013 whilst studying his RIBA part II course at Huddersfield School of Architecture.

He then later went on to 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 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 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 architectural solution. 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

Review project brief and budgetary constraints and advise on project viability

Undertake Feasibility Studies

Source/Undertake Site Information including Site Surveys

Agree upon design to progress into Phase 2

Phase 2

Design Development


Spatial Co-ordination


Technical Design

Develop draft drawing packages in preparation for Planning Submission and submit to client(s) for comments

Develop preliminary schedule of works and specifications

Advise on cost and/or instruct QS to develop initial cost plan

Submit formal planning following agreement of initial costings

Advise to instruct external consultants such as Structural Engineers

Development of detailed technical drawing information, schedule of works and specifications to form Tender Pack

Submit to Building Control to check the scheme for compliance

Circulate completed Tender Pack to 3-4 recommended contractors to enable quotations to be provided

Aid in selecting the most suitable contractor

Phase 3






Advise on suitable Contract and act as Contract Administrator (if required)

Co-ordinate as required with sub-consultants during construction

Make site visits at agreed intervals during construction and provide feedback on progress

Conduct valuations as agreed within the building contract and authorise payments

Conduct snagging report, Issue Final Certificate and advise on defects period

Phase 4

In Use


In Use

Follow up feedback from client(s) and review of integrated systems within the project to ensure the all parties are satisfied with the final outcome