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26 Nov


On a crisp November evening at the Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, members of the business and construction community from Norfolk, London and beyond joined staff from LSI Architects in celebrating the career of Senior Partner David Thompson who will retire at the end of this year. On the 21st November this month, David reached the 20 year milestone at LSI Architects and tribute was paid to the instrumental role he has had in the practice’s success over the past two decades.

David Andrews, Partner at LSI, said “David’s legacy is one of great success, with the practice this year named as an AJ100 Practice for the first time, as well as winning the AJ Award for the Best Employer in the Eastern Region…and shortlisted in the top 5 nationally. Locally we were absolutely delighted to win the EDP Design & Development Award just a couple of weeks ago. David should feel justifiably proud of the central part he has played in securing these accolades. David made it his mission to develop the education and healthcare sectors when he joined the practice 20 years ago, and today we have some fantastic projects in both sectors such as the UEA and UTC Norfolk, major teaching hospitals such as Addenbrooke’s, and work in the Capital at Guys & St Thomas’, as well as frameworks for Private providers that are taking us from the south coast to Scotland.”

His contribution to both the company and the wider architecture industry has been huge and
David has achieved numerous design awards in recent years including an international award for sustainability for the Cley Marshes Visitor Centre.

He led the team which designed the new sixth form boarding accommodation for Wymondham College, which was awarded a special award for design excellence by South Norfolk; and the team behind the refurbishment at Harpley PRU in Stepney, awarded a national British Council Schools Environment award. He also spearheaded the design team on the Rackheath Eco-Community project, the only new Eco-town that that has been A-rated for Sustainability by the UK government.

LSI’s responsible business practices, enormously influenced by David and his beliefs, has received acclaim through achievement of a Community Mark, and BITC Big Tick Awards for Excellence, regional winner for “Impact on Society of a small company” in 2004 and the Best East of England Business in the Community – Small Company in 2007, which all contributed to becoming the first practice in the country to secure the new Community Mark in 2010, which the practice was reaccredited with in 2014. David was personally awarded the Prince’s Ambassador Award, Eastern Region, in recognition of his dedication to and advocacy of corporate responsibility in 2010.

David has played a prominent role in the architectural profession, locally as President of the Norfolk Association of Architects, and regionally as RIBA Chair for the Eastern Region.
He also sits on a comprehensive range of panels and boards, highlighting the respect and admiration that the industry holds for him. He was invited to join the inaugural City of Norwich Quality Panel, of which he was its first Chair, been a co-judge of the Norfolk Society Awards for 7 years, served on the Advisory Board of Inspire East, the BITC Steering Group of the Sustainable Future Vision Group, and the PFS Design & Procurement Review 2 Cabinet, and is the former Chair of Norfolk ProHelp. He was also Vice Chair of the Shape East and the Greater Norwich Development Partnership Design Review panels.