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Acanthus Darbyshire Architects (Acanthus DA) is RIBA chartered and was established by David Darbyshire in 1987. The studio soon joined the Acanthus Architects group, a national network of like-minded practices.


In 2003 Acanthus WSM Architects, based in Leeds, started to assist Acanthus DA with education projects. The relationship continued to develop between the two practices culminating in a management takeover in 2015. Acanthus DA then acquired Alston Murphy Associates in 2017 increasing our involvement in the care sector.


Acanthus DA remains part of the Acanthus Architects network. This connection enables us to offer a dedicated regional service reinforced by a national network of skills and experience.


Acanthus DA works particularly closely with Acanthus WSM Architects and Woodhall Planning and Conservation, also based in Leeds, specialising in the historic environment.

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