Our people

David Kilpatrick, Director

B Arch (Honours), University of Adelaide, 1993  (Award – top design student)

BSc (Honours) (Geology), LaTrobe University, 1979

Australian Institute of Architects-Member ,

Association of Consulting Architects SA Branch-Committee member,

Council of Education Facilities Planners International Australasia (SA Chapter)-Chair.


David is the Founder and Director of Kilpatrick Architecture, established in Adelaide in 1998.

Since childhood David has loved making, building, fixing and creating – after earlier careers (as a geologist in remote areas, and as a community development worker in the inner city), architecture was a natural and right step, uniting his creativity and practical skills with his scientific background, sense of humanity and commitment to community.  Since graduation, David has specialised in architecture of learning spaces – he especially loves making spaces for children and young people.

For David, architecture is a privilege – being invited in to work with others and create a space that is both beautiful and functional.  He works in partnership and mutual respect; and particularly enjoys complex problem-solving to produce a design solution that is fit for purpose; meets the brief and budget; and leaves a lasting legacy of utility and beauty, both inside and out. His greatest reward is taking a project from an idea to completion – walking into a finished space and seeing it in busy and in use, especially by children.

All David’s buildings are unique, reflecting the aspirations of his clients, the site and the task at hand.  He always strives to respect the existing – adding to it in a way that is contemporary but compatible.  He aims to create buildings that contribute to the public space and the community, as well as work internally for the users.

As an education architect, David has visited schools in many parts of Australia and across the world.  He is actively involved in professional associations, especially relating to schools architecture, and has a strong commitment to his professional development as an education specialist.

David works with a stable, talented and highly qualified group of consultants and architectural colleagues: he will draw together a team with the requisite skills and expertise for the task at hand.  David will, however, personally take a lead role in each project.