Our Story



Established in 1986 by Principal Architect Phil Easton, Western Design Architects (WDA) grew from his garden shed into what is now a successful and respected design practice. Located in Dorset, Western Design  has not let go of its rural roots and is situated in a converted barn in beautiful countryside.


Our practice has evolved to encompass a variety of building types including housing, education, agricultural, leisure, commercial, healthcare and master planning. To all of which we bring a wealth of design knowledge and hands on practical experience.


We are an enthusiastic team of highly skilled Architects and design professionals who love to create both stunning contemporary buildings and honest traditional spaces.


We are accredited RIBA Conservation Architects, with expertise in Listed Buildings, Grades I, II* and II, buildings in conservation areas and in areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).




Western Design Architects are located in rural Dorset within easy reach of Bournemouth & Poole, the Jurassic coast, New Forest, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Sussex and Devon. With great transport links we work beyond our immediate area of the South and South West and are only 1.5 hours from London City Centre.


We have projects nationally in Newcastle, London, Essex, Cornwall and Wales and hope you will consider our services wherever your location. WDA work internationally and have already completed design work in Ireland and British Columbia in Canada.


Western Design Architects and WDA are Registered Trade Marks of Western Design Ltd.



Western Design Architects (WDA) is an award winning, Dorset based Architectural practice with a reputation for excellent design both locally and nationally.  We produce exciting, creative and inspired design whilst being sympathetic to local context.  Many of our buildings have won design awards and media coverage. Western Design is a chartered practice with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).  We are accredited Conservation Architects.