From 13th century Gothic hall, former infirmary, to Bijloke concert hall by DRDH Architects

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Renovation architect.- Julian Harrap Architects.
Acoustic consultant.- Arup.
Theatre consultant.- Arup.
Structural engineer.- ABT.
M&E engineer.- RCR.
Muziekcentrum de Bijloke.
Main Contractor
Main contractor.- Denys.
Specialized contractors.- DTS-2, Amptec, Poltrona Frau.
1,150 sqm.
Competition.- 28/03/2017.
Completion.- 03/09/2020.
Bijlokekaai 7, Gent (9000), Belgium.

Daniel Rosbottom, David Howarth. DRDH Architects

DRDH Architects was established in 2000 by Daniel Rosbottom and David Howarth. The work of the practice is characterized by its responsiveness to both physical and cultural contexts and by the quality of detailing and construction. The practice works across a breadth of scales, contexts, and building types, both in the UK and overseas, and is recognized for its award-winning public and cultural buildings, with particular expertise in performance spaces.

The practice situates itself within a wider research context that includes teaching and writing on art, architecture, and the city. It has achieved critical recognition both for its built projects and through competition. Its work has been published, exhibited, and won awards internationally. The practice has studios in both London and Antwerp.

David Howarth is co-director of DRDH, which he founded in 2000 with Daniel Rosbottom. David has joint responsibility for design direction and strategy with Daniel, as well as taking overall responsibility for the management of the practice. Both partners are fully engaged in the delivery of all projects.

Alongside his role within the practice, David is an experienced academic and is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture at Northumbria University, Newcastle. He sits on the RIBA Education Committee and is a member of the UK & Overseas Validation Panel. David lectures widely on the work of the practice and has taught design studios at a number of UK institutions. He has been a member of Sheffield City Council’s Sustainable Development and Design panel since its inception in 2006 and was chair of the awards panel for the RIBA Yorkshire and Sheffield Civic Trust Design Awards 2012.

Prior to starting the practice, David was a director of John Lyall Architects where he led a number of high-profile masterplans and the design of a range of commercial, cultural, and transport infrastructure projects. David is a registered architect in the UK and Belgium.

Daniel Rosbottom is co-director of DRDH, which he founded in 2000 with David Howarth. Within the practice, Daniel leads design research for DRDH and is jointly responsible with David for design direction and strategy. Both partners are fully engaged in the delivery of all projects.

Alongside his role in the practice, Daniel is a Professor of the Chair of Interiors Buildings Cities at the Technical University Delft, the Netherlands. From 2008-15 he was Head of the School of Architecture and Landscape at Kingston University in London and from 2004 to 2008 he was Postgraduate director at the CASS School of Architecture in London. He has taught widely throughout the UK, Europe, the USA, and Asia for over twenty years and has been invited to sit on a number of international awards and competition juries. In 2016 he joined the editorial board of the refereed journal, Architectural Research Quarterly.

Daniel is a registered architect in the UK, Belgium, and The Netherlands.

Daniel writes on both art and architecture, lectures on the work of the practice, and is widely published.  Prior to starting DRDH, Daniel worked for Priestman Architects in London and Scandinavia, coordinating a competition team for a series of high-profile international competitions including first prize for the Danish State Archive.



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