David Kaunitz

Architect Darlinghurst / Australia

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David Kaunitz
David Kaunitz
  • Address 3/63 William Street , 2010 Darlinghurst | Australia

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David Kaunitz Director and co-founder, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture | Speaker | Lecturer Consultation, collaboration and time are the three ingredients David Kaunitz adds to his architectural practice that transforms a design from a building into a place. The architecture must be allowed to become a reflection of the community, guided but not determined by us. Listening is central to our practice. This results in projects that reflect our clients, stakeholders, users and environments, whose requirements, aspirations, history and culture are embedded within them. David founded Kaunitz Yeung with his wife Ka Wai Yeung following his return to Sydney after living in the UK and the Solomon Islands. His seven years in the UK included five as a director of a large practice running its London studio where he worked on some of the largest projects in Europe, including the Barnsley Interchange and The London Olympic Village for clients such as HSBC, Marks & Spencer and Lend Lease. It was here he developed a passion for health, education and public buildings with a community focus and honed the skills to manage complex networks of stakeholders. A fascination with vernacular architecture and sustainable communities subsequently led to David’s long association with the Pacific Islands, and the Solomon Islands in particular. David has more than a decade of community development and post disaster experience in South East Asia and the Pacific working for clients such as UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision and the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji and the Philippines. As part of this time he spent four years living in the Solomon Islands, a period he says played an integral role in developing his approach to working with First Nations People and culturally diverse groups. David is also a fluent Pidgin speaker. David's European experience as senior architect and his unique relationship with remote communities underpins both the capability and direction of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture and its broad range of successful health, education, tourism and cultural projects for governments, organisations and commercial clients. With projects in more than 30 Aboriginal communities, David has developed unique expertise working with Aboriginal stakeholders. He authored the 2017 update to the 'Australian Government, Department of Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Funded Capital Works Projects – Facility Design Guidelines'. Kaunitz Yeung Architecture’s projects have received numerous awards in Australia and abroad, among them several European Healthcare Design Awards and Leading European Architects Forum Sustainability Awards and a World Community Architecture Award. Most recently the firm received three NSW Architecture Awards: the Premier’s Prize for distinguished social merit, the Best Commercial Building Award and the Colorbond Award for Steel Architecture for the Biripi Aboriginal Health Clinic, edging out high profile projects at Barangaroo and the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney. According to the jury, Biripi is "a testament to the journey of place, health, nature and people”. David is a registered architect in NSW, WA and the UK.