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David qualified as an Architect at Newcastle School of Architecture, gaining a First Class Degree with one of the highest grades awarded in the history of the School. He was awarded the School of Architecture Student of the Year Award, Building Magazine Student Prize and Gradus Student Prize.

His architectural career is both national and international and has been wide and varied, from the design of Micro Chip Factories for major manufacturers, to listed building projects for English Heritage. These included church buildings and a number of award winning visitors’ centres, such as Rievaulx Abbey and Richmond Castle.

David's PhD focused on the use of digital methods and their impact on the design process, specifically the architectural design process. This research now spans over 40 publications, including journal papers, Special Edition Journal publications, books and book chapters. His research has led to him to becoming invited guest speaker and keynote speaker at both national, international conferences and European Summits. He is also visiting Professor at L'école d'ingénieurs El.Cesi, Paris and Visiting Professor Formación y Consultoría BIM, Barcelona. He has also been a member of the RIBA North East Regional Council since 2008.

David's design research has stemmed from his practice from which he gained an International IFSEC Award for Innovative security Award for a City wide scheme in the North East on which David was lead consultant amongst the RIBA, LABC (Building Excellence Award) and other architectural awards.

Prior to joining the Architecture & Built Environment Team at Northumbria, David spent 11 years in the housing industry working both in the UK and Sweden. In the UK David was Senior Architect for a major housing provider and the Lead Architect for BoKlok UK and BoKlok AB (the housing arm of IKEA) in the UK and Sweden.

Research with IKEA and Skanska into the use of MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) and timber framed systems to create affordable and environmentally considerate housing has been David’s focus culminating in an award winning timber framed system for BoKlok (IKEA) used for affordable housing construction in the UK and European market.
David is a founding member of the  BIM Academy (based at Northumbria University) and was part of the Team for Build Qatar Live 2012, the overall winner in a 48 hour virtual design collaboration to design a Museum of Architecture in Doha. This competition included teams from across the world competing for the title in the openBIM event.

His pedagogic research into design process, digital exploration in design and teaching has led to him being invited onto the Community for Innovation in Teaching and Education (CITE) at Northumbria University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Urban and Regional Planning, MSc, Urban Regeneration & Planning

1 Sept 2004 → …

Award Date: 1 Sept 2002

Architecture, PGDip, Professional Practice & Management

Award Date: 1 Jun 1997

Architecture, BA (Hons)

1 Jun 1992 → …

Award Date: 1 Jun 1992

Architecture, BArch (Hons)

1 Jun 1995 → …

External positions

Steering Committee, Digital Futures for Construction Industry Training Board

2016 → …

Formación y Consultoría BIM

2015 → …

Professor, Formación y Consultoría BIM, Barcelona.

17 Jun 2014 → …

Professor, L'école d'ingénieurs El.Cesi, Paris

2012 → …


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