David Prichard: Metropolitan Workshop

I am David Prichard and I am a director of Metropolitan Workshop LLP, a medium sized, London based architecture and urban design practice with a range of projects in the UK and abroad. I was a partner in MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects (MJP) for 25 years before establishing Metropolitan Workshop with several colleagues from that practice.

We have worked with Tom for over 15 years in a number of roles. We first met over a challenging project in the last recession. His negotiating and management skills then helped steer a very complex project to successful conclusion with a contented client and buildings that won numerous design awards.

Tom and his practice subsequently worked with us at MJP on other major projects such as the cultural quarter in Durham and the redevelopment of Broadcasting House. He regularly gave stimulating training talks and workshops to MJP and other practices on management of projects and the business.

He helped Metropolitan Workshop establish various systems and continues to help us operate them with our Directors and Associates group. Tom has expertly facilitated our Away Days and regularly attends our project reviews where he brings experience, pragmatism and humour to problem solving. In 2008, Tom delivered his talk on Recession Survival Kits to a group of like minded practices and that led to a stimulating and practical debate, and requests to give it elsewhere.

Tom has a rare background for a project manager in that he worked in a multi-disciplinary team at the beginning of his career and so has a deep understanding of the roles, responsibilities and needs of the many contributors to major projects. That experience and his inter personal skills make him exceptionally well placed to analyse, advise and teach on a broad range of topics.

David Prichard