David Thornton

Principal + Director / New Zealand

David has taken a design leadership role in most of Buchan’s significant projects across our Auckland and Christchurch studios. He enjoys working alongside both clients and local communities to understand their needs and establish a shared vision for each project.

With over 20 years at Buchan, his experience has seen him complete a range of masterplanning and design phases for prestigious retail, commercial and mixed-use projects, including some important refurbishment and historic re-purposing projects. These benchmark projects have won industry awards and David considers himself privileged to help to positively re-shape the urban fabric.

"I have a strong focus on the stakeholders’ sensitivities to both design and commerce. I like to draw the team together to achieve successful outcomes across the spectrum of the project."


David Thornton

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