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David Cash - Retired 2016

David Cash

Chairman Manchester

David is an architect and was appointed chairman of BDP in July 2012. He is responsible for giving direction to the firm over the next few years both as a business and in design.


David was previously director of international development and was instrumental in expanding BDP’s portfolio and studios around the world, as well as taking a leading role in winning and delivering projects such as the Libyan Universities and the Täby Centrum in Stockholm.

David started in BDP’s Preston office and then spent over fourteen years as chair of the Northern studios, in that time he managed high-profile retail projects such as Vasco da Gama Centre and Piccadilly Station.

In September 2015 he was invited to join the Construction Leadership Council  with responsibility for leading the Exports and Trade work stream. He is also Visiting Practice Professor at University of Sheffield School of Architecture and an external examiner at University of Huddersfield School of Architecture.

As an architect yourself, who inspires you?

Alvar Aalto was my great love as a student. It is the appreciation of natural materials, the innovation of using familiar materials in new ways that I found inspiring.

But if you are talking about that feeling when you get a tingling sensation in your spine when you walk into a building and think hey, this is something great, I am blown away by I.M. Pei’s designs. Recently I visited the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha - it is just beautiful how all these traditional ideas have been rethought in a completely contemporary way.


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