David Emmons RBA

At home with the architects … meet David Emmons

One of the greatest strengths of our pan-European architectural practice is the diversity within the team. Home to 20 different nationalities, each one of our colleagues brings something to the table – and deserves their moment in the spotlight.

That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know a little bit more about our project coordinator, David Emmons –  to find out more about his background and role in the company.

  1. Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph.

In my role at Reid Brewin Architects, I oversee the project teams’ work and facilitate further tasks. A large part of the position involves coordinating with contractors and consultants — which adds even more variety and responsibility to my working day.

  1. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at RBA?

Well, I knew that RBA was a multicultural team when I first applied — which is what initially attracted my interest — but I never imagined how impactful it would be to meet and work with people from various nationalities and cultures. Walking around the office, you never know what language, story, or friendly debate you may encounter.

  1. If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?

It’s got to be the architectural assistant, Davide Izzo. All of our discussions revolve around costume-themed parties and/or pizza — what’s more fun than that? I’ll never understand why he puts crème fraiche in his pasta sauce though, that’s significantly less fun!

  1. What led you to this career?

In general, I would say an interest in art and maths, and the juxtaposition between creating and solving.

  1. What topic could you give a presentation on with little to no preparation?

Fantasy Baseball, 1990s Nickelodeon cartoons, or cats.

  1. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would you choose?

Someone who can sing well. I have so much admiration — and jealousy — for people that canhold a tune. I would spend the entire day singing Sam Cooke, Bonnie Raitt, Julie Randriamose, to name a few.

  1. What’s the best advice you were ever given?

“Look more, draw less…” – Francis D.K. Ching

I’ll never forget the day I was sketching at the Campidoglio in Rome and my architecture professor came to look over my drawings. He paused for a good 15 seconds before saying “look more… draw less” and simply walked away. It was more of a critique than advice at the time, but I find it more and more relevant as I go through life.

  1. What trend do you hope makes a comeback?

The act of burning CDs and playing RollerCoaster Tycoon.

  1. If you could only have three apps on a smartphone, which would you pick?

Google Maps, Words with Friends, and ESPN.

  1. What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?

Usher — 8701 will never go out of style!

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