David is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Modelmaking course at AUB. An historian of modelmaking, David is currently completing his PhD thesis The Professionally-Made Architectural Model in Britain: Modelmakers, Materials and the Post-War Plastics Revolution at AUB/UAL. A trained architectural modelmaker, he also has extensive experience in both retail and commercial interior design, and is an expert in visual merchandising and retail design. In 2018 was the research lead for the exhibition Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution (AUB), and the co-author of the accompanying publication. In 2019 he curated the exhibition Dazzle and the Art of Defence (AUB).
David is responsible for the contextual studies element of the curriculum, working with students to develop their theoretical and historical understanding of modelmaking, and the social and cultural influences that shape their practice. With a particular interest in object-based learning, his teaching approach is focused on building students’ thinking and writing skills, and to ensure their application of their critical thinking to their making.
- Association for Art History (2019)
- Association of Professional Modelmakers (2013)
David is an industry authority on the historical and contemporary development of the architectural model, with wider research interests covering cultural perceptions of making and the maker, the roles of materials in the understanding and interpretation of objects, and the history of both professional and amateur modelmaking. His PhD research due for completion in 2020 is the most comprehensive study of the professionally-made architectural model in Britain ever undertaken, and David has been instrumental in securing the preservation of the Thorp Modelmaking archive – a unique collection that spans the full 135 year history of the oldest professional architectural modelmaking firm in the world.