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  My passion is engaging with our clients, synthesizing their needs and opportunities into a convergence of form, function, and beauty.

David Martin

Vice President

London, United Kingdom

David is an architect who has led the design for many of our award-winning healthcare, research, and education projects in the United Kingdom and the United States. He’s particularly interested in design which creates a memorable sense of place while promoting a sense of clarity, optimism, and engagement. He believes the built environment can and should enrich peoples’ lives.

David’s work responds to context by enhancing cohesion with surroundings and strives to fully connect functional requirements with formal expression. This way, architecture becomes the backdrop for positive experiences and interaction while reflecting the rich contributions that occupants and visitors make to society.

Recent notable projects include the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia, the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research for Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar, and the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre.

Focusing on translational medicine and research facilities, David looks forward in his industry by staying up to date on fields such as biomimicry and biophilic design as well as the impacts of interdisciplinary environments. He’s made a number of presentations at various events and conferences exploring “science in the age of the invisible.”

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
At IHEEM 2015, I presented “Translational Medicine: From the Bedside to the Benchside,” an inquiry about the synergy created in translational medicine facilities which connect academic research groups and active patient environments into an integrated community.

My presentation “Biomimicry in the Design of Interdisciplinary Research Facilities” at Kings College London Stem Cell 2016 explored how examples from nature can serve as inspiration for more sustainable hospitals and research institutes.

WHERE I’M PUBLISHED
We’re creating unobstructed collaboration between physicians and researchers—that’s translational design. My piece “Translational Medicine,” that connects this philosophy with my work on the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre, was published in the fall 2012 issue of Medical Construction & Design.

WHAT I’M READING
If you want to read more about how we push forward science by studying nature, check out “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature” by Janine M. Benyus.

Nature forms patterns, and there’s order and form in the most unlikely of places. To learn more, read “SHAPES: Nature’s Patterns” by Philip Ball.

IN THE NEWS
Jeffrey Lee at EcoBuilding Pulse wrote a feature that explored our design theories behind the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre including its green-building initiatives and its goal to connect clinical practitioners and health researchers.

IN MY COMMUNITY
I volunteer with the Skip Gardens—an urban farm that repurposes construction debris to grow organic vegetables in the 67-acre King’s Cross construction site.

I also support Water Aid, an organization that helps to improve access to safe water, through financial donations and participation in an annual volunteering event to raise awareness and funding.

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