David is a Melbourne architect and educator, based in the inner beach-side suburb of St Kilda. He is a heritage and planning consultant, sometimes working with his partner Fooi-Ling Khoo’s niche architectural practice OOF! Architecture. Their Hello House, in inner Melbourne’s Richmond, won the 2015 Think Brick Australia national award for residential architecture, and their Acute House, Albert Park, won a 2016 Houses Awards national commendation for “Best House in a Heritage Context”, and the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Design Award for architecture.
A resident of St Kilda, David has played political roles for many years as a planning activist, local councillor, and deputy mayor for the City of Port Phillip. As a heritage consultant and as a politician he has played a major part in shaping the historical environment of this beautiful and culturally diverse inner urban area of Melbourne. He has recently been re-elected to the City of Port Phillip Council.
Because too much architecture is not enough, David also teaches Architectural History and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne, where his post-graduate Design Studios have been generating ideas for the future of the inner city over the past 12 years. Along with his architectural qualifications, he holds a degree in history and philosophy. He has lived in the US (in Washington DC and the Appalachian Mountains), and has travelled extensively through Asia, Europe and America, in pursuit of architecture, the historical and contemporary city, art, and urban culture.