David Bickle has returned to Hawkins\Brown as a partner after three years as director of design, exhibitions and Future Plan at the Victoria & Albert Museum
Bickle rejoins a practice that he originally went to in 1994 as one of the first partners to join founders Roger Hawkins and Russell Brown.
During his three years at the V&A, he oversaw projects including the completion of the Exhibition Road Quarter, AL_A’s 6,400m² extension to the museum and the creation of a vision for V&A East, an outpost within the £1.3 billion Olympicopolis district at the site of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Bickle said: ‘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.’
A statement from the practice said that Bickle will now take a leading role on projects in the civic, creative and cultural sector, alongside fellow partner Hazel York.
In addition, he will take a ‘top-down view of creative practice within the studio’, and explore potential new areas of research and practice, the firm said.
Other projects overseen by Bickle at the V&A include the commissioning of David Kohn Architects to design the new V&A Photography Centre, the construction phase of Kengo Kuma’s £80 million V&A Dundee project, Carmody Groarke’s V&A Members Room and Friend and Company’s new Museum Retail Experience.
During his previous spell at Hawkins\Brown, Bickle worked on schemes including the Grade II-listed Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, the regeneration of Park Hill in Sheffield and the masterplan for Here East in the former Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre for the London Olympics.