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Who We Are

“To be inspired is great, to inspire others is AMAZING

Cottingham Design Group is a design focused, creative and innovative studio providing holistic master planning, urban design and landscape architecture services to our clients.

We are passionate, committed and professional, and offer bespoke design solutions that consider the aesthetic, contextual, commercial and functional demands of every project we undertake.

CDG is based in Dubai, U.A.E., a city that has become a global leader and trendsetter in Architecture, Planning, and Urban design, and a city that we are proud to have helped evolve over the past 2 decades.

At CDG we believe that great spaces should INSPIRE, should provide places for social and commercial transactions and, be intuitively connected to their surroundings.

We always work hand in hand with the client. We build strong relationships through our integrated design process and collaborative ethos and tailor our design program to our clients’.

We believe in using nature and natural systems plus cutting edge technology to ensure our design solutions are functional, appropriate to the prevalent environmental conditions, and, follow sustainable, smart city and green building principles throughout every project lifecycle.

At CDG we understand that every project we undertake is unique and requires a holistic design approach to achieve a successful solution. Our mandate is to leave no stone unturned in the design process. We promote collaboration across a wide spectrum of related services from data gathering to specialised design expertise.

We firmly believe that building the right team for a project is fundamental to its success. SYNERGY between stakeholders and a strong, Integrated Development Process are the foundations for holistic design strategy, CREATIVITY and successful design outcomes.

“Balance, peace, and joy are the fruit of a successful life. It starts with recognizing your talents and finding ways to serve others by using them.”
Thomas Kinkade


Peter Cottingham


With 18 years of Middle East experience, Peter Cottingham is a holistic, creative and innovative Design and design process specialist with a proven track record of high achievement in Master Planning, Urban Design, Architectural and Landscape solutions for the Residential, Office, Leisure, hospitality and entertainment markets.

International Urban Design degree qualified Peter has vast experience delivering integrated development design processes that consider the Business, commercial, practical, cultural and environmental requirements of a design brief, adhere to the principles of Sustainability and Smart City initiatives and create memorable and successful places.

Peter’s past senior roles include Vice President of Development Design at Dubai Holding, overseeing the design management for the Mall of the World Project, the largest retail district in the world, and Head of Urban Design, Planning and Landscape Division at KEO, a multi-national, multi-disciplined design, engineering and Project/Construction management firm where Peter led the design process on a number of large mixed-use and entertainment based projects across the GCC.

Peter has successfully managed the challenges of incorporating new thought leadership in Smart City, Sustainability, and Urban Design Principles into the design process and brings creative leadership and innovation to every project. He is also knowledgeable about creating edutainment, entertainment and leisure attractions using Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Our Core Services

CDG provides a range of core concept through to schematic design services in the following fields:



  • Site Analysis & Selection
  • Strategic Master Planning
  • Concept Vision Master Plans
  • Design Review & Reports
  • Concept Design Guidelines

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  • Urban Design Studies
  • Urban Public Realm Design
  • Concept Public Art & Entertainment Vision
  • Urban Redevelopment Studies
  • Concept Design Guidelines

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  • Site Analysis & Planning
  • Spatial Programming
  • Art and Lighting Design
  • Landscape Concept Design
  • Landscape Schematic Design

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  • 3D Digital Modelling
  • Massing & Volume Studies
  • Hyper Realistic Renderings

Group Partnerships

To ensure our design process is comprehensive we have developed strategic partnerships with key specialist consultants and service providers. CDG is therefore able to complement our core services with the following specialisms if required:

  • Site Surveys and Analysis
  • Market Research and Development Feasibility Studies
  • Physical Scale Models
  • Animations and Movies
  • Infrastructure & MEP Design & Construction Documentation
  • Sustainability, Smart City & Waste Management
  • Structural Design & Construction Documentation
  • Transportation Planning & Design
  • Architectural Design & Construction Documentation
  • Landscape Detailed Design & Construction Documentation
  • Unique Public Art and Sculpture Design
  • Signage & Wayfinding Design
  • Building & Attraction Lighting Design
  • Entertainment & Attractions Design
  • Movement & Circulation Studies & Design
  • Space Syntax Studies
  • Marine and Littoral Studies & Design
  • Quantity Surveying & Cost Studies
  • Authority Coordination & Approvals

Contact Us


Suite 1901, Level 19
Boulevard Plaza Tower 1
Downtown Dubai
P.O. Box 27363, Dubai, UAE