David Bickle has returned to Hawkins\Brown as a Partner. The move comes following three years spent by David at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) as Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan.
David returns to the practice with a remit that calls on his strategic skills and in-depth knowledge of the creative and cultural sector. In addition to taking a leading role on Hawkins\Brown’s projects in the civic, creative and cultural sector alongside his fellow Partner, Hazel York, David will take a top-down view of creative practice within the studio, and explore potential new areas of research and practice.
Speaking on behalf of Hawkins\Brown, Partner Hazel York said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming David back to Hawkins\Brown. This is a very positive move for us in our 30th anniversary year. David will have a key role in the creative output of the practice, working with our studios in London and Manchester.”
David added: “The V&A is at the forefront of the international debate about what museums are, what they might become and how they can remain relevant in a rapidly changing world, and I’ve been very lucky to play an active role in those discussions over the past three years… While it does feel like a homecoming, I’m returning to a different Hawkins\Brown to the one I left, and there are many new faces alongside the familiar ones. I look forward to adding the experience I’ve gained to the collective experience of the practice as we continue to grow and tackle new challenges, both in the UK and internationally.”
David Bickle was one of the first Partners to join Hawkins\Brown founders Roger Hawkins and Russell Brown. David left Hawkins\Brown in 2015 to take up a role on the executive board at the V&A as Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan. In the intervening years, Hawkins\Brown has roughly doubled in size and now employs over 250 staff, with a new office in Manchester.
During David’s tenure at the V&A he had responsibility for major capital projects on behalf of the museum including: the completion of the Exhibition Road Quarter, AL_A’s 6,400 sq m extension to the museum; the commissioning of the V&A Photography Centre, due to open in autumn 2018 designed by David Kohn Architects; the construction phase of Kengo Kuma’s £80 million V&A Dundee project; Carmody Groarke’s V&A Members Room; Friend and Company’s new Museum Retail Experience; the completion of V&A at Design Society in Shekou, Shenzhen designed by Sam Jacob Studio; the vision for V&A East, and competitions to procure the V&A Collections Centre at Here East and the V&A Museum building at East Bank, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro and O’Donnell + Tuomey respectively and the commissioning of designers to reimagine the Museum of Childhood.