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David King

BA(Hons), DipArch, FRIBA

Senior Architect - Forensic Analysis and ADR

David is an Architect with remarkable experience throughout the design and construction process. He has led and managed large-scale and complex undertakings in a wide range of sectors and building types. He is highly regarded for his expertise and his impressive legacy of several building design awards.

As an architect of more than 35 years’ experience he has worked successfully across all stages of the delivery process from briefing and concept design, through design development, code compliance and construction documentation, to procurement strategy, construction and completion.

David has been appointed as named Architect Expert on a range of matters, involving intellectual property rights and copyright, design process and change control, measurement standards, health and safety, transport infrastructure, storm damage, rainscreen cladding, fire protection standards and Building Regulations compliance.

General Profile

  • David’s special area of expertise lies in detailing and design coordination; with a particular interest in materials technology, research and the environmental performance of buildings; focused primarily on the building envelope.
  • His wide-ranging knowledge of Building Regulations, Codes of Practice and British Standards, and many years’ experience in leading design stage and post-design technical reviews enables him to apply a forensic approach to the analysis of building defects, to conduct peer reviews and coordinate with Counsel in evaluating claims and disputes.
  • As a former Technical Principal, David had overall responsibility for office strategy in digital information management (BIM), the Integrated Management Systems (ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001), and BREEAM/LEED, EA/DDA, CDM compliance.
  • Leading Projects (a selection):
    • Spire London, Canary Wharf, London, UK – £450 million. Expected to be the Western Europe’s tallest residential tower.
    • New Papworth Hospital, Cambridge, UK – £125 million. An innovative building structure, high performance engineering systems.
    • The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK – £485 million. it achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ in 2016. Winner of the R&D Lab of the Year Award 2017; the RTPI ‘Silver Jubilee Cup’ for ‘Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places’; and the London First/RTPI London Planning Award for ‘Best New Place to Work’.
    • St Barts and Royal London Hospital, London, UK – £1.2 billion. It won the European Healthcare Design Award (NHS Healthcare category) in 2016.
    • Telford College, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – £40 million.
    • Barclays World Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London, UK – £215 million. Winner in 2004 of the ‘National Green Champion for Environmental Best Practice’ Award, and the Bovis Lendlease Award for greatest annual contribution to improvement in construction safety.
    • Ministry of Defence, Main Building, Whitehall, London – £400 million
    • Wellness Centre, Dubai – £125 million.
    • Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.
    • Dubai Festival City, Dubai – £225 million.
    • 40 Grosvenor Place, London, UK – £48 million. Winner in 2001 of three BCO Awards: (i) Best Commercial Building – South East England; (ii) Best Commercial Building – National; (iii) ‘Best of the Best Building’ across all categories
    • Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, London, UK. Grade I listed building refurbishment programme. Awarded the Europa Nostra – Medal of Honour in 1998.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • NJCC Good Practice Panel (1982 – 1985)
  • City of London Corporation (since 1986)
  • Construction Industry Council (CIC) Liability Panel & BIM Forum (since 2010)
  • BuildingSMART UKI (2006 – 2017)
  • RIBA Large Practice Group (2011 – 2017)
  • International Committee & Ethics Champion (2011 – 2017)
  • Apprenticeship Standards Trailblazer Group (2017 – 2018)
  • Society of Construction Law (from 2019)


  • BA (Hons) Architecture – Newcastle University (1976)
  • Diploma of Architecture – Canterbury College of Art (1979)
  • RIBA Part III (1981)
  • BRE BIM Essentials (2015), and BREEAM Green Associate (2016)Publications (a selection) 

Publications (a selection) 

  • ‘BIM: a collaborative approach to risk management & mitigation?’ – November 2019, ‘Perspective’ Journal.
  • ‘This Year’s Model – The CIC BIM Protocol Revised’, June 2018, ‘Perspective’ Journal.
  • ‘Design information and dimensional coordination’ March 2012, Chapter 1, Metric Handbook, 4th Edition

Recent Public Speaking (a selection) 

  • ‘The Architect’s Perspective on BIM’ – BIM4Legal – Documents, Process and Future, 29th January 2019, London


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