public space design and research


We design spaces and make films about places.


We strive to make great, playful spaces where people can meet to; play, hang out, exercise, learn, have fun and connect with each other. Our public space designs integrate play into every aspect of the design.


We believe that good design of the public realm is essential for healthy urban environments and citizens. Public spaces are our common grounds, they are the spaces we share. We help communities realise their vision through a collaborative process.




The Greenbackyard

Filmmaking is integral to the way we capture and understand how cities and places work. Our film work researches places and communities, it allows us to tell stories about larger urban areas and phenomena.


dmau was founded in 2012 by Daryl Mulvihill an architect with an MA in documentary film. Daryl has extensive experience in urban design and strategy projects and with his documentary experience he brings a multidisciplinary approach to urban research and community engagement.

Daryl also co-ordinates and lectures for the History of Urbanism module at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture and is an urban design tutor at TU Delft.



2019 Jaarboek Landschapsarchitectuur en Stedenbouw in Nederland

2015 - Into the Wild - Domus, Landezine

2014 Speeltuin van de Toekomst - De Volkskrant

2013 C3 Journal - South Korea


2018 - 1st Place - Walk DVRC Design Competition

2017 - 2nd Place - Homes for Smart Aeging Universal Design Competition

2015 - 2nd Place - Ballyfermot Play Park

2013 - 1st Place - Into the Wild - Duurzame Speeltuin


The projects at dmau came about thanks to:

Milja Hartikainen - Giovanni Lavanna - João Pedro Faria - Augusto Rodrigues - Reem Saouma,