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’ Waltham 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


Recent Recognition


Boston Society of Architects - Design Awards
-Citation, Small Projects Design Awards (David H. Koch Childcare Center)
-Award, K-12 Facilities Design (Corning Learning Center)
-Citation, Education Facilities Design (“The Ranch”)


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


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

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