David joined our Truro office for a summer job back in 2005 and has been here throughout his qualifying years.
David now leads teams on education, residential and student accommodation projects. An associate architect and visualisation specialist, he works with 3D rendering software to create incredible concept CGI’s for the early stages of a project.
What are the key challenges that affect architects today?
Keeping up with technology and integrating it into the way we work. We’ve got to be as efficient as possible with automation, scripting, programming and the utilisation of data; how we interpret that, but also how we share it with clients.
These are the biggest challenges and the way we work will definitely change. We’re in a good place now, but we need to be mindful that everything is changing and changing fast. It’s possibly quite scary, but definitely interesting.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Lusty Glaze, a project we did with Acorn. I’m proud to be part of a team that delivered an exciting, complicated and slightly different design. It was a lot of hard work. We built a good relationship with the client and they pushed us to deliver a really rewarding project.
Where do you see your career taking you?
Possibly in a couple of directions. I’d like to go far in Stride Treglown and would also like to continue to be creative, not just in design, but also in thinking. I like to think that I can help design some really great buildings that will have a positive impact on people’s lives. I’d also like to think I can have a positive impact on the company as a whole, not just in Truro or Plymouth.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
An artist, as I am that as well. I sell a bit of work, Cornish landscape art, and I’d love to do that permanently at some point.
Maybe I’d also have been a graphic designer or illustrator. I generally prefer the creative side of things. Or alternatively working with a Formula One team, I very nearly applied.
Best networking event you’ve been to?
I helped organise a cycling event with Acorn where we did a mountain bike and a road cycle. Great weather, great cake and a chance to get to know others in the industry while cycling along Cornish lanes.
Second to that was the wakeboarding event with Vectos. So much fun again, it was a real leveller.