David Shaw

19 November, 2019

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What attracted you to your profession?

I have always enjoyed being creative whether that is drawing, imagining or creating an idea.  Art was my strength at school, not maths or science which you might expect as an architect.  I became interested in architecture when my parents had a house extension, a modest single storey addition but I found it fascinating. I was about 8 years old when the back of the house was removed and building works began. I was truly fascinated with the technical drawings.  The detail, the order, the text, the complexity was intriguing for my young mind.  I copied them all!  I can’t recall if I did a good job in my reproduction but that’s when I decided I wanted to be an architect.

What is your top highlight of working at Pick Everard so far?

I joined Pick Everard after working with another practice for 12 years gaining excellent architectural experience. It was a wrench to leave but I knew that I needed to expand my experiences and in turn develop as an architect.  I was looking to grow my career and start a fresh chapter in my working life. Pick Everard offered a real opportunity to progress my personal development but also influence the architectural discipline. I joined as an Associate and after two years I was promoted to Director. I was pleased to have achieved my personal goal of becoming a Director before turning 40.

Through this role I’ve quickly learnt that being a good Director is about nurturing the team and allowing them to grow and achieve their goals, and that has been really rewarding. I couldn’t do my job without the team around me.  The creative and technical team all help to deliver a transformation plan.  The real highlight has been watching and guiding the transformation of the firm with the help of the team as they achieve their ambitions.

What’s your everyday favourite thing about the firm/your team/your role?

Pick Everard is 153 years old.  It is steeped in tradition and operates as private partnership employing over 500 staff with a turnover of £48.5m – it’s a successful firm!  It’s not standing still; the partnership and senior management team are looking forward to the next five years and developing the Pick Everard offer.  I am proud to be part of an ambitious team.  The wider team are vital to the success of the business. Working on fulfilling and interesting projects that challenge thinking and offer solutions is a great aspect of the job.

What are you looking forward to in the future here?

We have recently set three core objectives that we aim to deliver on for the architecture discipline whilst influencing the wider business. These include employing and retaining quality staff, working with quality clients, and producing quality work.  I’m looking forward to helping the team strive to deliver on these objectives in order to provide the best solution for the client.

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