David McGowan joins Corstorphine & Wright’s Glasgow studio

David McGowan joins Corstorphine & Wright's Glasgow studio

David McGowan

UK architecture firm Corstorphine & Wright has appointed a new director to join its Glasgow studio with David McGowan stepping into the role this month.

With an impressive work history and portfolio under his belt, including the Stirling Prize-winning Bloomberg Headquarters (delivered whilst at Foster + Partners), David brings drive and ambition to push design possibilities, embrace emerging technologies and further expand Corstorphine & Wright’s established reputation nationally.

David’s experience spans a number of sectors from culture to transport, most recently working at Fast Company’s ‘Top 10 Most Innovative Architectural Practices of 2023’, the New Zealand-based, Warren and Mahoney. Here, he was responsible for leading significant projects including the £35 million complex, adaptive reuse of a university library, pushing technological innovation and honing his studio leadership skills.

On his appointment at Corstorphine & Wright, David said: “I am very excited by the opportunity that lies ahead of me. My ambition is to tap into Corstorphine & Wright’s strength in collaboration across teams, studios and the practice as a whole. There is huge potential in the shared skills and experience of a 300+ person company, and I would like to be able to use that and add to it, looking to emerging technologies that can help turn the dial up on our creative processes.”

David’s appointment comes at an exciting time for Corstorphine & Wright’s Glasgow studio which is actively expanding its portfolio, reputation, and market reach.

He said: “Corstorphine & Wright has already built a strong reputation based on design quality, technical excellence and sustainability leadership. I want to continue building that, alongside my team, by being bold and ambitious with the work we deliver for our clients and nurturing an ambitious, forward thinking creative studio culture.”

David joins established Glasgow studio director Derek Reid, who added: “I am extremely pleased to welcome David to Corstorphine & Wright at a very exciting point for both the practice as a whole and specifically the development of the Scottish studio. David brings to us an impressive portfolio of high-quality projects undertaken during his time with some leading international practices.

“His complementary skill sets, highly collaborative and innovative approach and attention to detail will undoubtedly help to strategically grow and raise the profile of Corstorphine & Wright’s Scotland studio and the quality of design and delivery service that we provide to our valued clients.”

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