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Corstorphine & Wright welcomes new director, David McGowan, to the Glasgow studio.

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Michael Lampard

By Michael Lampard – 27th November 2023

David joins the practice this month and brings with him an impressive work history and portfolio, including the Stirling Prize winning Bloomberg Headquarters (delivered whilst at Foster + Partners).

His experience spans a number of sectors from culture to transport, most recently working at Fast Company’s ‘Top 10 Most Innovative Architectural Practices of 2023’, the New Zealand based, Warren and Mahoney where he was responsible for leading significant projects, pushing technological innovation and honing his studio leadership skills.

David’s energy and enthusiasm expand beyond the studio, having completed multiple ultra trail marathons and the Tour Aotearoa; a 3000km bikepacking race across the length of New Zealand!

On his appointment at Corstorphine & Wright, David says, “I am very excited by the opportunity that lies ahead of me. My ambition is to tap into Corstorphine & Wright’s strength in collaboration across teams, studios and the practice as a whole. There is huge potential in the shared skills and experience of a 300+ person company, and I would like to be able to use that and add to it, looking to emerging technologies that can help turn the dial up on our creative processes.”

David’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Corstorphine & Wright’s Glasgow studio who are actively expanding their portfolio, reputation, and market reach.

David: “Corstorphine & Wright has already built a strong reputation based on design quality, technical excellence and sustainability leadership. I want to continue building that, alongside my team, by being bold and ambitious with the work we deliver for our clients and nurturing an ambitious, forward thinking creative studio culture.”

David joins established Glasgow studio director, Derek Reid, who says, “I am extremely pleased to welcome David to Corstorphine & Wright at a very exciting point for both the practice as a whole and specifically the development of the Scottish studio. David brings to us an impressive portfolio of high- quality projects undertaken during his time with some leading international practices. His complementary skill sets, highly collaborative and innovative approach and attention to detail will undoubtedly help to strategically grow and raise the profile of Corstorphine & Wright’s Scotland studio and the quality of design and delivery service that we provide to our valued clients.”

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