Who we are

Sustainable place making within creative vision

We are an innovative team of architects and urban regeneration consultants whose purpose is to unlock the full potential of any challenge that we are asked to look at.

We recognise that by combining the design solution with development strategy positive changes can be delivered that bring opportunity for ALL.

Modern City Architecture + Urbanism was founded in 2016 by David Skidmore with the goal and aspiration to make a positive difference in the built environment and to deliver a new and sustainable urbanism. 

We believe in a people prioritised design approach which respects a sustainable future for everybody and creates places that encourage communities to establish themselves.

In so doing many of our projects have already received significant recognition and awards for the creative and people focused outcomes that they have delivered.


Meet us

Our senior team share in our aspiration and vision. Having complementary skills and with individual areas of passion MCAU deliver a renewed architecture and urbanism that is both inspiring and thoughtful.

We bring forward designs and strategy that always responds to the needs of all future stakeholders and enhances them wherever we can. Our work is always grounded on a commercial awareness and full understanding of our clients’ needs. MCAU ‘s team are one that comprehensively understand a project’s entire life cycle, from the financial planning and funding strategy through to the design and technical implementation stages.

David Skidmore

Managing Director
Manchester + Liverpool

David has extensive and award winning architectural, urban design, and property development experience. He has worked for over 25 years at the forefront of the design and development industry.

He has held board director and senior roles within international architects’ practices and has delivered many award-winning schemes across the UK in many work sectors including large-scale mixed-use development, residential, retail, and the education sectors.

Having also previously worked client side for a number of years David has a true understanding of the needs and pressures of our clients, and is obsessed that in all our projects we deliver creative and sustainable design solutions which always meet viability, and always bring added value into the process.

David is passionate about seriously playing ‘our’ part in delivering positive change believing that design can be the driver, but it also needs to have a deep awareness and understanding of the social and environmental issues arising out of an increasingly complex and ever changing urban environment. One which is constantly presenting us with many ‘modern city’ problems and challenges to solve and was the reason MCAU was set up.

A culture of reduced carbon impact, minimised waste, and positive regeneration with a people first approach always in our mind needs to be our refreshed goal, delivering relevant design and development strategy and a new urbanism which responds to uphold Sustainable Development Goals. He believes that our built environments always need to respond in this context, and acknowledge health and wellbeing has never been so important in design outcome as it is now in a post covid-19 world.

His approach is very hands on, particularly in the early stages of all projects, believing that deeply thought out strategy and design, grounded on creating a sense of place with commercial awareness, is necessary to ensure that all our places that we work to create can ultimately be delivered.

Phil Jervis BArch RIBA

Phil Jervis BArch RIBA
Director Liverpool

Phil has a wide range of experience across all project sectors. He has been responsible for the bids, design development, team management, and delivery of many projects throughout his 20+ years of experience, ranging from; residential developments (large and small scale), museums, schools (primary, nursery schools, secondary schools, and FE Colleges), office refurbishments, commercial new build schemes, small and large scale healthcare projects, hotels, youth centres and listed building projects.

This variety in project t types is invaluable, and has enabled Phil to transfer his skills and knowledge between all those sectors which has led to more successful and diverse projects as his career has progressed. Having such a broad and complete knowledge of the design and technical requirements in so many sectors, means that he can perform at the highest and necessary level as Projects Director overseeing the planning and technical delivery of very large scale and complex mixed-use developments.

He is extremely motivated by what high quality and well thought out design can achieve, and particularly the potential and positive influences that a completed building can achieve for its end users and for the client. Phil keeps these ideals at the forefront of every project in which he is involved, adding these values and influences throughout all stages of the development process.

Paul Stevens BArch RIBA


Paul has an unwavering commitment to all the projects in which he is involved, always striving to ensure that highly considered architectural design and commercial viability are created and delivered as one. He is highly organised and has the track record and proven ability to co-ordinate large multi-disciplinary teams to design and deliver architecture within budgetary constraints and always to the satisfaction of the clients he works with.

Pauls commitment to achieving design quality, combined with his strong client focus and management skills makes him a key member of the team and a genuine safe pair of hands. He has over 20 years post qualification experience as a Project Architect and has extensive practical experience in overseeing the delivery throughout all stages of a project’s lifetime. He has in-depth experience particularly within the heritage, residential, retail, and mixed-use sectors.

He is highly skilled and as Projects Director he can deliver exciting design solutions that require complex consideration throughout, always providing the necessary attention to detail to achieve the desired outcomes. This ability is crucial and proven, and Paul has delivered many projects that achieve MCAU’s values and aspirations to deliver socially and environmentally sustainable design solutions.

Mike Mason BArch RIBA


Mike has over 12 years of design experience working across a range of project sectors and has become a specialist in residential and refurbishment work. He has worked as project architect on many of MCAU’s award winning residential regeneration schemes.

His design skills and the technical ability gained has been honed on much of his previous completed project work which has included large scale residential led mixed-use developments through to high-end one-off homes and listed building conversions. As a result, Mike has developed an excellent understanding of the design process and his pragmatic and calm approach always ensures successful delivery.

He is highly motivated and driven and has developed a keen interest in environmentally sustainable and high-quality carbon reducing design. Mike holds strong beliefs in always striving to promote this and is aware of the commercial benefits that can be achieved in seeking to deliver community aspiration in all of the projects in which he has been involved, recognising that successful placemaking creates added value for all.

Mike is bringing forward much of the commitment and focus that MCAU is currently giving to a number of Passive House projects in which we are involved.

MCAU is a Place Capital Group Company