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Mike Godden has been designing buildings for several years but still enjoys the challenge that every new project brings.

Mike started his architectural career in swimming pools, designing pool complexes at Eton and Wellington Colleges, leisure pools for hotels both at home and abroad as well as hydrotherapy pools for hospitals and equine therapy. He went on to work in London for a large commercial architectural practise that specialised in office developments before setting up ARCC Architecture, a young exciting design led practice in Fulham with two colleagues. Moving to Hampshire with a young family saw a concentration on residential projects and an interest in decorative antiques led to setting up a successful interior furnishing business with his wife. Mike returned to architecture full time when the family moved to north Dorset. Having worked with several local architects, where he gained invaluable experience of listed and period property, he set up gda architecture in 2006.


gda architecture design building solutions for both contemporary and period homes. We design new homes, including conversions of buildings that have outlived their original purpose, alterations, extensions and refurbishments. 

gda architecture designs for private clients. We not only enjoy the design process but also the interaction with the client leading to the final design and on through the construction process until handing over the completed project.

An understanding of attention to detail ensures that we produce well designed bespoke buildings. Through discussion and collaboration we create solutions that meet the aspirations, expectations and needs of our clients. Throughout this process, ideas are conceived, tested and communicated through sketches, cad drawings and 3D computer modeling.

Basic services include planning and listed building consents, building regulation approval, construction information and project management.

Our goal is to provide simple effective and imaginative design solutions that both our clients and ourselves can be proud of.