In 1988, Dogan “Woodie” Arthur had a busy summer; he got licensed, got married and started an architecture firm. Sustaining this level of energy, the firm has produced a varied body of work for a range of clients.  Consistently engaging in the art and science of inventive problem-solving, the firm is committed to the design of built environments that create memories and transform the way people see the world.

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 Individuals from differing backgrounds come together in     D. W. Arthur Associates’ Boston studio space with a shared passion for design. The office is filled with light, noise, and rolls upon rolls of trace paper. With a spirit of collaboration, pooling collective experience and perspectives, the office engages its clients to create places both pragmatic and beautiful.



Complementing professional practice, the firm has been engaged in educational, research and volunteer efforts. Woodie has presented and led workshops and design institutes focusing on early childhood environments in a range of venues throughout the country. 

 View our Environments for Childhood publication

View our Environments for Childhood publication

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Recent Recognition


Boston Society of Architects - Design Awards
Award, K-12 Facilities Design (Corning Learning Center)

AIA New Jersey Design Award                                 
Built Open Category, Merit (Ironbound Early Learning Center)

Modular Building Design
Awards of Distinction, Permanent: Education (MIT)

Boston Society of Architects - Design Awards
Citation, Education Facilities Design (“The Ranch”)

World Architecture Festival, Singapore
Schools Category, Finalist (“The Ranch”)

International Design Awards
Second Prize for Institutional Project (“The Ranch”)


project goals discernment and refinement
architectural programming
site analysis and selection
feasibility studies
master planning
full design services
codes and regulatory analysis
playground design
interior design
furniture, fixtures, and equipment 
construction documentation
bidding documentation and assistance
integrated sustainable design 
value analysis services
construction administration
post-occupancy assessment