David Hawkins

Architectural Assistant Part II
BSc (Hons) MArch

David joined UNIT in 2016, after gaining a MArch with distinction from the University of Westminster. In his final year, he explored the themes of cultural expression in the built environment and gentrification in Hackney Wick and Fish Island. His major design project, a street art conservation area, street and hotel, speculated on the cultural authenticity of preserving street art while simultaneously selling it as an experience for tourists. David’s research included film making, extensive photography of the existing street art as well as collaborating with a resident artist and a draft for his own conservation area appraisal. David has returned to UNIT after working with the practice for 2 years as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. During this time he had worked on a number of the largest mixed use masterplan projects the practice has handled including Whitechapel Square, Ilford and Selly Oak. Currently David is continuing to progress his experience in achieving planning permission for significant mixed use schemes in Greater London whilst continuing his research of cultural expression, heritage and planning policy.