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David Joy is a Cambridge-based architect committed to the promotion and enjoyment of a well-designed built environment. The practice has, since its formation by David Joy as David Joy Architects in 1986, worked in a variety of fields including housing, commercial, ecclesiastical, educational buildings, and building refurbishment including listed buildings and historic churches.

The aim of the practice is to produce buildings which are not only practical solutions to the design problems posed to us by our clients, but also solutions which are aesthetically pleasing and which complement their surroundings either by blending or by being in contrast with them. An essential factor in achieving any degree of excellence in this regard lies, we believe, in accuracy and attention to detail.

To this end we attach great importance to the preparation of clear, precise and detailed working drawings which play a vital role in realising buildings which maintain the standards to which we aspire. In short our attitude to our work can be summed up in the words: "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might".

This project had already been the subject of much debate and controversy for some eight to ten years before we became involved in 1998. The site for the church's proposed extension is particularly awkward both physically and historically, physically because it is long and thin and was encumbered with enormous 18th century brick buttresses, and historically

David Joy Architects was one of four practices invited to submit ideas for the extension of the church building to create a meeting room on the North side of the building. As well as the meeting room, there was a requirement for wheelchair access, an accessible WC, a new boiler and a small kitchen area. The proposal gave rise to significant interest

The involvement of David Joy Architects with All Saints Milton church arose in 1998 when, as their church architects, we were invited to take part in a Saturday brainstorming exercise with members of the church to try and reach a consensus regarding how the existing church plant be developed and improved. Hall and kitchen facilities were already in

This unashamedly modern addition of a three storey glass barrel-vaulted conservatory to the rear of an early Victorian terraced property in the centre of Cambridge was a response to a demanding client brief and an even more problematic site. The solution of gutting everything between the main house and the pre-existing two storey extension allowed the

David Joy studied at Magdalene College Cambridge from 1973-1976 and 1977-1979 with a year's training in London at K C White and Partners working mainly on ecclesiastical buildings. A further year was spent with Dixon Haryett Partnership in St Neots working in the housing sector before qualifying in 1980. After qualifying he worked for a further six

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