Dawa Pratten, Architect
Dawa Pratten, BA (Hons) Dip Arch (LSA)
Dawa joined Project Orange in 2017, directly after graduating from the London School of Architecture and has since primarily been working in Thamesmead on projects for Peabody. He helped produce the masterplan for the park and housing based redevelopment of Thamesmead Golf Course and the resultant ‘Primer’ book. He then assisted on the masterplan for Dashwood Square: a landscape led, infill housing project that aims to provide new homes and public amenities for the residents of the Parkview Estate. He is currently leading the delivery of the Moorings social club, a project that started as a feasibility study conducted as part of a bid for ‘good growth fund’ support form the Mayor of London. The project was subsequently awarded £1.15m in funding and is now entering the initial design phase. The project aims to be an exemplar of co-design, working with artists and locals from day one.
Dawa was amongst the first cohort of students to graduate from the London School of Architecture, an experimental new school that blends academia with practice, where he was based out of the Unstable Cites Design Think-Tank. Prior to this, Dawa completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Plymouth where he graduated with a first-class degree and was nominated for the Bronze RIBA Presidents Medal.
Before joining Project Orange, Dawa gained experience at Citizens Design Bureau working on the new Sondheim Theatre for Sir Cameron Macintosh, alongside several competitions including their winning entry for the Manchester Jewish Museum. He has also worked previously in urban design on a number of university masterplans and spent a year in Shanghai designing concept fashion stores and studying Mandarin at Jiao Tong University.
In addition to work in practice, Dawa has a keen interest in education. He helped found the ‘Wednesday-Nighter’ lecture series at the LSA and has been a guest critic at both the University of Plymouth and the LSA for whom he is also now an Ambassador. Additionally, he has recently been teaching at the Royal College of Art.