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Dan Smyth

Dan Smyth

Principal, architecture, head of Birmingham studio Birmingham
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+44 [0]121 212 3553
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dan.smyth@bdp.com

Dan is a principal and head of the Birmingham Studio which he founded in 2004.

Dan has a particular interest in the regeneration of Birmingham and the many major projects currently transforming a city he considers wonderfully self-effacing. The city is on the verge of a boom with many more new occupiers and investors than for several decades, and he compares what is now possible with that achieved in Birmingham’s Victorian heydays.

He specialises in complex projects and has been architect/masterplanner for many transformation commissions with a range of ‘blue chip’ clients with designs recognised through prestigious awards. Following investment cycles in the last 30 years, his experience crosses a range of sectors including retail, leisure/hotel, offices, process, healthcare, education and residential while having also delivered conservation projects in historic environments. This range of experience brings a strong insight and skill set in the creation and activation of contemporary places.

His most famous local project is Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth ‘Super Hospital’ where he took the project through the Planning process and led the site office in the early years of construction.

What will architectural practices be like in the future?

“The power of building information modelling and virtual reality is already incredible and a huge leap from drawing with Rotring pens back in the 1980s. I predict the next leap being computers ‘learning’ from our huge database of completed buildings to continually improve and fine tune the product to new design challenges…  and that I will still be designing on my drawing board in 2B pencil!”

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