All Together Now: Designing for Community
David founded Kaunitz Yeung Architecture 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 and 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.