We are fully involved and committed to our projects. As a full-service design firm, we like to see things through. The same management involved in initial meetings is involved in final deliveries. We take joy in the small details that make even the simplest concepts shine. This attention is to detail has been categorically lacking in the local market. At DDI, we understand the connection a project has from the big picture down to the smallest detail. We continue to push forward new methods, learn, and adapt to meet the world's greatest challenges. We value a quality job well done.

The restoration of craft in a digital age

DDI was founded upon a very simple belief that there is a better way and we must constantly challenge existing conventions. Through innovative and time-saving methods, our goal is to reconnect the pride, touch, and ownership of our work with their final completion. We bring attentive care, craft, and consistent delivery to our projects.


Design is like a dance. It's important to be nimble and quick on your feet.

You will often hear, "everything in China moves so fast!" The population of Shanghai has undergone explosive growth to 24.15 million people. The surrounding Yangtze river delta area, including Shanghai, totals 140 million people. 10% of the population of China, and 1/5th of their GDP, all within a radius of 200km.


Change is easy

The Shanghai region, a most vital gateway to the mainland, has undergone significant change in the last 10 years, both culturally and economically. We have profound respect for the speed of this change and the nature of the local market.

We question everything, we are constantly learning and improving.

I describe the design process as like the tip of the iceberg. What you don't see is the long haul: all the endless auditing and things like that.

Norman Foster

Unique Civic Duty

As a foreign company operating in China, we have some unique responsibilities. Part of our duty to the local industry is to help improve local construction standards to international levels. To reach this standard our design process implements global BIM workflows not yet mainstream in China. We add cross-cultural dialogue and information exchange to further improve design concepts and reach more sophisticated levels.

  • Education and cross cultural exchange
  • Respect for local customs and cultures
  • Celebrating our diversity and differences as something that adds value
  • Promoting Equality & Inclusion

DDI was founded as a place of cross cultural exchange, forward thinking management, and sophisticated decision making. Our goal is to focus on unique services and new fresh ideas. We leverage our diverse knowledge base to bring direct to China rich information and cultural exchange. We bring to the local market an international bridge and perspective.

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?"
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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