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.
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.
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.
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.
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.