David oversees and teaches History and Theory of Architecture at all levels in the Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture. He is studio lead for year 2 and encourages an interdisciplinary approach in the studio, encouraging students to embrace the wide range of aesthetic, theoretical, technical and ethical issues they must master to develop fully as designers.
David is currently concerned with 'Connections' in the practice of architecture. His research is therefore wide ranging and touches on the role of architecture in literary forms (and vice versa). He is researching the role of Mathematics, Music, Technology, Philosophy, Ethics and Theory in the practise of architecture. His research and output blends drawing and writing.
David is preparing publications on the pedagogy of architecture as well as carrying out primary historical research concerning the spread of politically inspired egalitarian ideas of architecture. To this end, he is currently researching the life and work in Glasgow and Newcastle of a Hungarian refugee from pre-war, anti-Semitic persecution, as well as the wider struggle for egalitarian policies, especially in relation to Housing that were the context for his work here.
David has been part of the SCHOSA group that prepared and proposed a way of improving the teaching of the profession of architecture that is concerned with Life Safety as required by architecture's accrediting bodies (the RIBA and ARB). He is particularly concerned with Fire Safety.
David used to be an architect and remains on the register of architects. However, about a decade ago gave up practising as an architect to be an academic: teaching, thinking and writing about architecture for a living.
When he was an architect, he worked mostly in London and Glasgow, and has designed, or helped to design every type of building, from house extensions to Royal Opera Houses. He especially enjoyed designing schools and housing. As well as working in Glasgow, he worked for Glasgow where he contributed to helping form some aspects of policy and by the things he designed, to changing the form of the city he most loves.
As an academic, he has taught at Strathclyde University and (currently) at our Grenfell Baines Institute of Architecture, where among other things, he is subject lead for History and Theory. He has taught in cities such as Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia and Hong Kong. Wherever he teaches, he advocates for the efficacy of stories and other literary forms as a useful means for architects to engage with the hugely complex nature of 'The City'.
- Bsc. (Hons) Architectural Studies, University of Strathclyde, 1982
- Pg. Dip Architecture, Canterbury College of Art, 1985
- ARB Reg. Architect, 1987 to present
- Literature and Architecture
- History of Architecture
- Architecture and Race, Gender, Photography, Ethics, Theory
- Fire Safety for Architects
- Registered Architect: Architects Registration Board
- SCHOSA Working Group: Life Safety
- Member of European Society of Architectural Historians
- International Alasdair Gray Conference: Making Imagined Objects, 2022
- Delivered a paper and drawings: 'ARCHIPLAGS'
- The University of Strathclyde and the Alasdair Gray Archive, in partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Western Brittany (HCTI), Aix-Marseille Universite (LERMA), Edge Hill University, the University of Lausanne and the Tannahill Fund for the Furtherance of Scottish Literature