Member of the Month: April 2014
Adventurer, architect, sports enthusiast. David certainly keeps himself busy but has been a regular attendee at GYP events, and has been getting stuck into our golf lessons! Find out how he’s been doing by reading on…
What’s your background?
I was born and brought up in Perth but moved through to Glasgow to study Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. I have remained through here ever since, apart from a fun stint in the Netherlands working in an Architecture office as part of my training.
Tell us about your work: what does it involve, and what’s the best thing about it?
I am a Director with fellow GYP member Nicky Chow at Opfer Logan Architects in Glasgow. We are a great team of 8 that pride ourselves on our friendly and professional service that delivers projects not only on time and budget but also strive to also add that extra quality and value wherever possible.
The great thing about our office is that we are involved in every stage of the design process from that first meeting with a client right the way through to the finished project. In a world full of endless design programmes and opinions, we love it when I client says, “Wow, I would never have thought of that!”
Apart from the design side of things the role of an architect involves a lot of coordination work and trying to manage many seemingly contradictory factors – keeping the big picture in your head is essential as well as a finely calibrated bullsh*t detector!
If money and time were no object, what would you do?
I’m a keen cyclist and there is a ‘rule’ #12 where the number of bike you should own is n+1 with n = the number you currently own. Alternatively if you are in a relationship this formula becomes s-1 with s = the number of bikes it would take for your other half to leave you. I think I’d have fun searching for the next +1. I pretty much do this anyway but without the buying bit.
When you’re not working what do you enjoy doing?
Judging by my photos I seem to spend most of my spare time in Lycra! I was a keen triathlete for a few years and have completed all of the distances from Sprint Distance to Ironman. I now help out with coaching at the Glasgow Triathlon Club.
Now I’m more into my cycling and last summer I completed the last week of the Tour de France – one week ahead of the actual tour. A holiday it wasn’t but I managed to winch myself around it. Next year, a cycling tour of the Dolomites beckons…
At school and University I was a county level golfer but in the last few years I’ve only managed a handful of games. Recently the excellent GYP indoor golf lessons have re-awakened my fire for the game though. A comeback may be on the cards!
I was a Gamesmaker for London 2012 and was fortunate enough to be right on the line to see Sir Brad finish and then get right up close for the medals and media. It was the day of days topped off by bumping into Colin Murray from Radio5live and ending up live on the radio having a wee chat! This summer I’m due to be a team leader ‘Clydesider’ for the Commonwealth Games MTB, Road Race and Time Trials.
Outside that I’m an outdoorsy person and sports nut, passable at racquet sports and will give most things a go but I’m terrible at football. I know the theory but unfortunately the messages don’t seem to get passed onto my legs.
I do love spending time with good friends have fun, good (sometimes bad) chat and good food.
Why did you join GYP? Any advice for new members or those thinking about coming to their first event?
It’s great way to meet new people who come from very different walks of life, professions, businesses etc. Everyone is always very friendly and a good time is always had at the monthly drinks. It’s good to see and speak to new faces each month too. If you’re thinking about coming along I’d say just get stuck in and come along!
What has been your favourite GYP event and why?
I loved the Summer party in the Kibble Palace last year. The hog roast was delicious, and there were lots of different and interesting displays going on. I thought the band, King Eider, were great too!
As mentioned above the golf lessons were great fun, really helpful and Karyn was a great teacher!
Which upcoming GYP event are you most looking forward to and why? Are there any events you would like to see us run?
The quiz night sounds good fun. Shame I missed the Linn Lounge showcase event at CitizenM. I think there is a great variety of events throughout the year and would welcome any more sporty/outdoor events.
Are you a member of any other networking groups?
- Glasgow Business Group.
- Scottish Golfers in Construction.