Former chairman of Bucknall Austin and one of the founders of Rider Levett Bucknall UK, David Bucknall, has been announced posthumously as the winner of the Urbanist category of the prestigious RICS’ 150th Anniversary ‘Pride in the Profession’ vote.
The Urbanist category recognises and celebrates members of the profession who have been positive advocates for city planning and development for the betterment of society. Over 13,000 votes were cast during the campaign and David was voted as the most inspirational surveying story in the Urbanist category. This is no doubt in recognition of his extensive achievements within the built environment sector including co-funding the Birmingham Community Foundation Charity, his work in the reparation of Windsor Castle and the creation of the Telecom Tower in Kuala Lumpur, as well as his commitment to encourage fresh talent into the construction industry which he was awarded an OBE for in 2013.
Andrew Reynolds, RLB UK & Global Board Director comments, “David was inspirational in his work within the built environment. We are delighted that RICS in marking its 150th anniversary has named David as one of the true pioneers of the sector in being named the Urbanist winner. David’s legacy lives on within RLB and we continue to work by his principles today understanding the truly important role of the built environment in shaping places and society and applying our skills to ensuring we contribute positively.”
Sarah Speirs from RICS comments, “With RICS 150th anniversary we wanted to recognise those who have really made a difference to not only the industry, but society as a whole. The ‘Pride in the Profession’ initiative showcases and promotes how rewarding the career can be as well as some of the iconic projects many of those in in the industry have been involved in. There is no doubt that David Bucknall played a part in shaping the profession and setting the scene for the future of surveying.”