Established in 1965 by Robert Marshall and Freddy Wilkinson, the firm became known for a wide range of projects for the government, international institutions and multinational companies.  Voi and Lobo lodges; Jogoo House, International House and Bruce House; The Panafric Hotel and the Pamodzi; Shirati Hospital; The Bomas of Kenya and Robinsons Baobab; Union Carbide, East African Packaging and East African Industries factories; The Louis Leakey Memorial Centre and ILRAD Kabete describe the wide diversity of work undertaken by the practice.  Pam Broadhead, George Wilson and Pat Hepple were relied upon for their managerial skills in bringing many of the jobs to completion.

Kevin Craig – McFeely joined the firm after retiring as Nairobi’s City Planner.  The firm carried out a number of planning projects including the design of Selebe Phikwe, + Broadhurst, Botswana.  He was also responsible for St. Benedicts Monastery.  Robert Marshall was the architectural consultant for the Arther D. Little Tourist study for Ethiopia in 1975.

DMJ under the auspices of the Dalgliesh Lindsay Group, were appointed by the Capital Development Authority, Dodoma to design an hotel in conjuction with Sheratton at the Mlimwa Hill Dodoma.

At this time, the firm was also responsible for the State Lodge, Guest Lodge and Presidential Complex at Chamwino.

Apart from the work undertaken in East and Central Africa, the firm set up  new offices and associations in Botswana, Zambia and Qatar.  This it did together with Ian Lindsay and Partners, Edinburgh, as the Dalgliesh Lindsay Group.  Ian Marshall moved from Edinburgh to Athens and then Gaberone, Botswana.  He was the ‘link’ between the two firms.  Later the firm established  a new association with the Carnell Green Partnership, London and Klein + Louw, Capetown.  This has become known as DAG International.  MD Consultancy, Dar es Salaam, and Proplan, Kampala, are also part of this association as are Mruttu Salmann Associates in Nairobi.  In Tanzania and Uganda the Group’s work is undertaken by MD Consultancy and Proplan respectively.  Simon Johnson is a consultant to MD Consultancy.  Willi Atkins is actively involved in these regional projects.


Simon Johnson joined the firm in 1978 and became a partner in 1980.  William Atkins has been with the practice since 1994.  Per Geheb joined the practice in 1965 and with his wife, Tore, was responsible for the firm’s interior design including all the early hotel and lodge projects in Kenya and Tanzania.  In 1968 Per & Tore established their own practice.  Per has always worked with DMJ but has now reestablished his particular role as the firm’s consultant interior designer. Gilbert Njau acts as our planning consultant.  He was the City Chief Planning Officer from 1972 to 1978.

RECENT + CURRENT WORK. (2002 – 2008)

We are currently administering the APA/Apollo headquarters building, Westlands; a 100 unit housing, complex on Mombasa Road and the second phase of Taarifa Gardens, 90 apartments.  A medical storage warehouse + office for MEDS is at design stage as are shopping centres on the Thika and Kiambu Roads.

Recently completed projects include Eden Square, Chiromo Road, a 25000m² office complex; Langham court, an 84 unit apartment complex, off Forest Road, Nairobi; a new auditorium, library and women’s center for Strathmore University; an office building, Barclays House, for TDFL/CDC with MD Consultancy in Dar es Salaam; the Upper Hill Medical Centre, Nairobi; Fitouts for the Royal Danish and Norwegian Embassies in Nairobi; auditoriums for the United States International University (USIU) and Rosslyn Academy as well as one for British Council and the the British High Commission in Kisumu.  With MD Consultancy, we have recently completed a refugee processing centre for IOM at Kibondo, W. Tanzania. 

We have designed  offices for the British Council in Mombasa and, with MD consultancy, for the Tanzania Revenue Authority a regional headquarters in Arusha.  We also built new office headquarters for Prime Bank at Riverside Drive Nairobi and, for its development arm, completed the Capital Centre shopping mall on Mombasa Road, Nairobi.

We have prepared a Master Plan for Strathmore University Mbagathi Campus and are working on one for the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial University at Butiama in N. Tanzania.

We continue to work with Rift Valley Academy at Kijabe on a major renovation programme to their central facilities.

In Dar es Salaam, we are working with MD consultancy on an office complex at Oyster Bay and additions to the Coral Beach Club at Msasani Bay.  We have been asked to design the Prime Minister’s residence at Dodoma. Together with MD Consultancy we are designing an IT college at the Dodoma University.

We continue to work with Diamond Trust Bank in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu. 

The firm has also helped to complete The Stanley renovation, Cinemas for Fox Theatres, a number of fast food outlets involving Mobil and refurbishment projects at the Safari Park Hotel and Nairobi Intercontinental with Lionel Levin and Partners.


The firms work load has continued to be broad based.  Hotel work includes the Mombasa Intercontinental Hotel, Nyali Beach, Aberdare Country Club, Indian Ocean Beach Club, the Norfolk and Finch Hattons camp Tsavo.  International House, Nairobi, Bruce House,  Kenindia House, Kenindia Business Park and International House (Dar es Salaam) are some of the office buildings undertaken in the past.  The Institute for Primate Research in Ololua Forest, I.L.R.I., Kabete, and the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Centres are part of the firms institutional repertoire. Health centre projects include clinics for Nairobi City Council and the Missionary Benedictine Sisters for whom the firm has also designed convents, novitiates and retreats.

SmithKline Beechams, UNILEVER (East African Industries) BDF (Nivea), Ford Motors, Toyota and Cadburys are examples of industrial commissions.

The firm has designed a number of private houses over the years including the Wilson and Corse Houses at Kilifi; the de Paoli, Root, Wanner, Fischer, Ndegwa, Bruzzone and Combos houses in Nairobi.  We were the architects for the Presidential Complex at Chamwino, Tanzania including the State and State Guest Lodges.

More recently the firm has carried out a number of office interior projects including Mitsubishi, Daly & Figgis, Lonrho, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, KPMG, McCann Erickson, Ayton Young and Rubicam , Path and Multichoice.


Over the years the firm has provided its clients with elegant, soundly constructed and cost effective buildings which take careful account of the climate and make sensitive use of local materials.  The firms design philosophy has developed to take account of changing requirements.  We continue to strive to influence our East Africa clients to adopt European trends and standards in both aesthetic and functional aspects of design without sacrificing the essential practicalities of operating in the environment of the third world that is Africa.  Progressive design ensures a client long-term usability and flexibility to incorporate the changing needs of the developing commercial and corporate world. Recently this has particularly concerned the influence of new technology.


DMJ currently maintains  a staff of 3 qualified Architects, 4 Architectural Assistants,

5 administrative and other staff.  Where additional expertise is required, the company draws on the staff resources from DAG International.


The following principal services are offered by the firm.

Feasibility studies

Master planning

Outline proposal designs

Scheme designs

Detailed design and construction drawings

Evaluation of Tendering Procedures

Tender evaluation

Contract Administration of construction contracts

Interior design services.


Software :- AUTOCAD R14, 2000 & 2005


- ARCHICAD 9.1 & 8.1



Equipment:- 5 Pentium CAD Stations

- 2 Computers for word processing, spread sheets and other specialist 


- 1 HP DesignJet 450 A1 colour Plotter

- 1 HP DesignJet 430 AC  Plotter

- 1 HP DeskJet 1100C A4/A3 colour printer

- 1 Plan Printing machine

-1 Photocopier

-1 HP Laserjet 3380 – copier, printer, fax, scanner