David is an architectural designer, researcher, curator, and artist. He coordinates Media Studies and is a tutor for ADS7 at the RCA.
David holds a MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
He was previously the founding director of the Bachelor of Design in Photography and Situated Media at the University of Technology Sydney, a visiting professor at the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center, and the Paul Rudolph Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Auburn University. He has worked as an architect and designer for Asymptote Architecture, the Guggenheim Museum, and Holabird and Root, among others.
David's research intersects architecture, image studies, and politics. His practice examines architectural conventions of repetition, redundancy, and reflection through site-specific architectural interventions.
David is a regular commentator on the intersections of architecture and art and has organised and participated in recent panel discussions and interviews for Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Kaldor Public Art Projects, and Arts Centre Melbourne. He has curated and contributed to exhibitions on architecture, art, and design in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
He is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research, titled ‘Spatial Politics of Refusal’ examines the confluence of Aboriginal and indigenous land rights struggles, migration policy, and the mining industry in Australia.
Current and recent projects
How to be a Good Witness: The Architecture Curator
Critique 2013: An International Conference Reflecting on Creative Practice in Art, Architecture and Design. Co-authored with Samantha Spurr
This paper describes a unique role emerging in architectural criticism: the curator. The first section examines the status, relevance and location of contemporary curatorship in architecture, seeking to frame a specific curatorial position. It defines the lineage of this position historically and map out a contemporary constellation of practitioners and projects, from the recent phenomenon of celebrity curators to the global profusion of architecture pavilions.
Curation can be understood as a critical spatial practice in which social, political and cultural theories are enacted through spatial investigations. By distinguishing the characteristics of this curatorial practice, the authors begin to frame the agency and opportunities of this role within architectural and spatial discourse.
- Member of Standards Australia,
- Member of the National Association of Visual Artists (Australia),
- Member of the Centre for Contemporary Design Practice,
- Founding advisor for Open Agenda, a yearly competition for speculative architectural research in Australia and New Zealand.
- Has worked with and been by supported by Kaldor Public Art Projects, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Arts Centre Melbourne.