David Hawkins

David Hawkins



David was awarded a first class honours MEng degree in Environmental and Earth Resources Engineering at Imperial College in 2002. In 2003 he joined Max Fordham where he worked previously with Mark Skelly.

David has carried out and delivered mechanical and electrical designs on a wide range of new-build and refurbishment projects, including many listed buildings. He is currently working on the Cambridge House redevelopment at Birkbeck, University of London. While at Max Fordham, David led a team to complete the design of a new-build science laboratory and research building for Sevenoaks School. Previous projects include the phased refurbishment of Tate Britain and the redevelopment of the New Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. He saw the completion of Derby Quad, a new-build arts and media Centre in Derby city centre, and a new music department for Felsted School. He undertook the electrical design for the refurbishment of the Grade I-listed Royal Festival Hall, London, and followed this with energy consultancy work for the Southbank Centre.

Through his project work, David took a keen interest in the restoration and creative adaptation of existing buildings, particularly to improve their carbon performance.

In 2014 he completed a four-year EngD programme at UCL co-sponsored by Max Fordham and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, researching life cycle carbon management in university estates. He analysed the embodied and operational carbon impacts of refurbishment and new-build options for university buildings and developed a strategy for carbon management in the sector accordingly. He also gained a Research Master’s (distinction) in Adaptive Architecture and Computation from UCL in 2011.

David is currently working on the Cambridge House, Euston Road redevelopment for Birkbeck, University of London; a development of 20, three-bedroom mews houses in Harrow on the site of an old carpark, as well as the St Hilda’s College, Oxford new extension accommodation (both with Gort Scott); and a new boarding house and hub building for Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. His most recent project is a spectacular new home for the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts on a site behind the Stirling Prize-winning Peckham Library in south London.

David has tutored in building environmental engineering design at UCL, University of East London and London Metropolitan University.