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Sector Leader Heritage

David Gole


Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Honours), Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts – History Double Major, University of Queensland


David is a Principal and leads the heritage/adaptive reuse team, working across all six studios on both interstate and international projects. He is an expert in the field of heritage conservation, adaptive reuse and contemporary additions to heritage buildings and sites. David’s portfolio reflects a strong capability for delivering highly regarded, award-winning designs and over 26 years’ experience working across a broad range of building typologies.

David was a Director of Riddel Architecture, where he honed his specialised knowledge and skills in conservation and contemporary design. In 2000, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to further his study of conservation in Italy and the UK. Twelve years later, he undertook further training with UNESCO in carrying out Heritage Impact Assessments for world heritage sites. More recently, in 2020, David was awarded a Getty Conservation Institute Guest Scholar position to undertake research on the conservation of modern era buildings. His expertise is further supported by a Bachelor of Architecture (1st Class Honours) from Queensland University of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts – History Double Major from the University of Queensland, where he now teaches as an Adjunct Professor.

His broad and overarching role includes defining the project vision and brief, initial strategic and master planning advice, and hands-on development of design concepts. This role includes the development and realisation of the project vision and working with and mentoring the broader heritage project team. His experience covers a broad range of project types and sizes including large-scale sites and precincts with major public buildings and cultural institutions. David has extensive expertise in large-scale and complex masterplans for the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (the UN’s third largest campus globally), University of Queensland’s Herston Campus Masterplan and Victoria Barrack’s Masterplan, among many others. David’s passion lies in bringing new life to significant cultural sites and places, including well-conceived additions and changes to existing buildings to enable sustainable and commercially viable new uses.