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Design Philosophy



“Always design a thing by considering it in it's next larger context -

A chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city” Euro Saarinen



Design is a product of it's surroundings. We at MDA work closely with every client to understand their design expectations and challenges. Through our unique design process we facilitate a better experience for our clients. We combine the elements of nature, expectations of the community and requirements of the enforcing agencies to deliver a design that is responsive, representative and within budget.


Design Approach


We listen, we design and we deliver. This is our design methodology.


At MDA we have a step by step process to walk our clients through prioritizing their design wish list. We have a sustainability information database that facilitate integration of energy saving strategies into the design process. Then we present different scenarios or schemes that function well within the design goals. Once a scheme or a combination of ideas are selected we get down to the business of designing and building the design on site. At MDA we ensure every process is within the expected time-frame and budget.



About the Principal


Prior to starting her own firm, Maria Dohadwala worked as a designer with reputed architectural firms in the Bay Area. Maria’s experience ranges from custom residential homes, senior centers, club houses, schools, commercialMaria Dohadwala interiors and research laboratories.

Maria is a licensed architect in the state of California.

She is a LEED AP, a certification provided by the U S Green Building Council, for demonstrating the knowledge of green building practices required for successful implementation of the leadership in energy and environmental design.


She currently serves on the Planning commision for the City of Sunnyvale, California.


Maria’s passion and interests, all culminate in her work.



Bachleor of Architecture University of Mumbai

State of California Architects License C-31621

Certified LEED AP by the US green building council



American Planning Association