David Gausden


Since joining Design Engine in 2003, David has led the design of some of our major architectural projects, as well as smaller interior and product design commissions. He has an important role in supporting the creative culture and management of the practice.

Exploring design possibilities through drawing and model making is key to David’s approach within the studio and working with clients. He has a particular skill in understanding the nuances of a brief, articulating design concepts and communicating ideas.

David has developed an expertise in educational buildings that encompass numerous typologies within schools and universities.

He has particular experience of working in Guernsey and the Channel Islands designing and delivering projects including Les Ozouets Campus, La Mare De Carteret Schools and Les Beaucamps High School.

In the UK, David has led the design of The Winton Chapel, The Performing Arts Studios and the interiors for the Student Centre at the University Of Winchester. Other key educational projects include The Warsash Maritime Academy, Student accommodation at St Hilda’s College Oxford and the Howden Design Technology and Engineering Centre for Stowe School.

David continues to develop his interest in interior design and small experimental projects, with examples including Juniversity, an experimental teaching environment, and The Listening Space, A hub for The Institute for Social & Environmental Justice – for The University of Winchester.

Prior to joining Design Engine in 2003, David worked for Pentagram Design Ltd, Apicella Associates, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, and the London and Hong Kong studios of Terry Farrell and Partners.

David was a founding team member of Lorenzo Apicella’s young practice where he developed skills in interior, product design and mobile buildings. Work included the TSB mobile unit featured on the BBC’s Tomorrow’s World programme and the Adshel Research and Design Centre.

His interest in education began when Apicella Associates joined Pentagram Design in the late 1990’s. The Clore Education Centre within the Natural History Museum London provided the opportunity to design an interactive education environment intended to inspire the next generation of learners.

David studied architecture at Canterbury College Of Art and Kent Institute of Art and Design. This included a semester at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf in 1988.

He has drawn and sketched throughout his architectural career and is known for his particular free hand drawing style. This has extended to a fledgling interest in illustration and satire, still to be fully explored.

David has supported artists and photographers in the curation of exhibitions, regularly takes part in design forums and continues to teach and mentor architectural students.

He sits on a number of Design panels including The Jersey Commission & Coastal West Sussex Design Panel.