Delivering Successful Architecture From The Human Point Of View

I'm a hands-on architectural practice, and with my personal design service I will listen and guide you through every aspect of the process.

If you are thinking about a new project to extend or renovate your home, I'd love to hear from you. If you would like to find out how I can work with you on a project, please give me a call or drop me an email.


By offering a creative and collaborative way forward from the human point of view, I look to create buildings that are enjoyable, listen to the client’s needs and encourage an emotional connection between people and place, (house and home).


I passionately believe that by working closely with our clients and builders I can deliver great contemporary architecture, which breathes new life into existing structures, through the innovative use of materials, colour, space, and daylight all helping to improve our well-being.


I am a qualified architect having studied at Newcastle University and then at Oxford Brookes University, before working for a small rural practice in Hexham. I gained further project management knowledge with a multi-disciplinary healthcare specialist in Newcastle. Returning to my wife’s hometown of York in 2010, I joined a small local practice in the city.

Martin Dougherty

Director BA (Hons) Dip (Arch) RIBA


With over 20 years in practice, my design experience includes residential housing developments, bespoke one-off projects for private clients both rural and urban, barn and byre conversations, cultural, sport, education, conservation, and renovation work. I also led consultant teams on large mixed-use schemes and contextually sensitive projects in York. This has led to a strong understanding around historic structures and the complexities of obtaining planning/ conservation and listed building consent. I have extensive experience of dealing with the challenging on-site construction constraints that all these projects and locations can present.


I have a keen interest in delivering successful architecture from the human point of view and founded MPD Architect Ltd in 2023. By starting from this position and working outwards, solutions naturally respond to each client’s unique and individual needs. Based around a more collaborative approach between client, architect and builder, the practice looks to create high quality contemporary design by unlocking the potential opportunities of each project through an understanding of people and place.

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