Darren Livings Architecture

We pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which we practice, the Wangal and Gadigal Clans, and of the many Nations all across Australia and the Torres Straight Islands. We pay respect to Elders past and present.

About Us

Who we are

DLA is an architectural design practice based in Bulanaming / Marrickville in Sydney’s Inner West. We offer a full suite of services for residential, education and small commercial projects, and practice throughout the Sydney Metropolitan area and regional NSW. We are a certified Passive House design practive.

Our vision

Our focus is on creating considered, well designed and responsible buildings for our clients. We pride ourselves on our open and collaborative approach and our commitment to sustainability. This is a practice founded with love and passion.


DLA is headed by Darren Livings, a registered Architect in NSW with over a decade of experience in the architectural sphere. Darren has spent the bulk of his working life in commercial architectural offices, leading projects in both Australia and abroad. Taking the leap to found DLA is the next evolution in his career.


What drives us?

We are driven by a commitment to sustainability, it’s at the core of who we are.

We want to make a difference, and the easiest way we know how is by addressing the buildings in which we live, work and meet. Did you know that 40% of the world’s carbon emissions come from the built environment? This is both through the energy taken to make a building, and the energy needed to operate the building. Little changes, such as changing the materials used to make a building, and the way a building harnesses energy, can make a huge difference in tackling climate change.

By using good design, smart solutions and a consideration of a project’s life cycle, we can build buildings that not only look after us but also are good for the environment.

What our we doing about it?

DLA is a signatory on the Architect’s Declare movement and acknowledges our role and responsibility as a practice. We currently operate on 100% Green electricity, and are working towards being fully carbon neutral by 2022. The next step for us is to prepare a Sustainability Action Plan, so that we can better understand opportunities to represent these values through the way we practice and the projects we create.

Contact Us

We’d love to hear about your next residential or education project. Give us a call or send us an email

P + 61 424 206 177

E darren@dl-a.com.au

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