Dave celebrates 50 years in the industry! / by AMRIT NARU

When Senior Architectural Technician, Dave Stidwell, started work as a school leaver in 1968, measurements were in feet and inches, and technical drawings were still done by hand.

Dave Stidwell, Senior Architectural Technician, C.A.Ross Design - with office dog, Monty!

Dave Stidwell, Senior Architectural Technician, C.A.Ross Design - with office dog, Monty!

With a passion for architecture and design, and a head for maths and problem-solving, Dave’s first job at the age of 16, was as a trainee technician for private architectural practice, Fred Hedley & Associates in Durham City, where he stayed for three years.

The city of Durham, where Dave worked as a school leaver.

The city of Durham, where Dave worked as a school leaver.

This was followed by stints with other private practices and over 15 years in the public sector, working for Sunderland City and Sedgefield Councils in the planning and architectural departments.

Having initially gained a Higher National Certificate (HNC) to work as a draughtsman, Dave has embraced new skills and different ways of working along the way. This includes teaching himself Computer Aided Design (CAD) and keeping ahead of changing legislation and new building regulations.

Despite living in Singapore for a few years as a child, Dave was born and brought up in the Durham area, where he still lives with his wife Elizabeth.  He takes great delight in seeing projects come to fruition, from the initial concept and design stage to the finished article. He especially relishes working on buildings in his native North East.

I’ve been involved in the development of everything from schools and nursing homes to private housing schemes, major refurbishments and the conservation of listed buildings. I find my work really rewarding and it is great that my skills and 50 years of experience are so valuable to the team here at C.A. Ross Design.
— Dave Stidwell, C.A.Ross Design

Having joined C.A. Ross Design – formerly Naru and Ross Architects – in 2015, Dave has seen a lot of change throughout his fifty year career.  Director Carl Ross is delighted that Dave is such a respected member of the C.A. Ross Design team.

Our practice has successfully worked on a diverse architectural portfolio, including arts, commercial, ecclesiastical, healthcare, leisure, and residential assignments. As a result, we need employees who are flexible and have the experience to help bring these exciting projects to life.

Dave is a talented professional with sound technical knowledge. What’s more, he has the confidence and competence to use his own initiative, whether it’s preparing and presenting accurate technical design proposals; contributing to the detailed design process; carrying out site visits or preparing drawings, plans and documents for statutory approval.

We’re delighted he has worked in this field for 50 years and that he adds such value to our architectural practice. Dave is proof that there is longevity in the profession, if you are willing to expand your knowledge and keep your skills up to date.
— Carl Ross, Director, C.A.Ross Design

When he's not at work, Dave keeps himself busy working on his model railway and spending time with his three children, five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.