V&A museum appoints David Bickle design director

The Victoria & Albert (V&A) museum has appointed David Bickle as director of design, exhibitions and FuturePlan, replacing the late Moira Gemmill who moved to the Royal Collection Trust at the start of the year.

Bickle, who will take up the post in August, joins from Hawkins\Brown Architects where he is currently senior partner. In his new role he will be responsible for the care and future development of the V&A’s buildings, as well as the presentation of all of the museum’s permanent collections and exhibitions, an area the V&A has become known through exhibitions such as Hollywood Costume, David Bowie is and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty.

On his appointment Bickle commented: "It's a remarkable opportunity for me to join the museum at a time of incredible change; a point at which I can help shape its future in a rapidly changing digital world; continue the legacy of commissioning great architecture, exhibitions and design and to be a custodian of its core values.

"It is my intention to create thoughtful, immersive and interactive environments for others to be captivated, educated and inspired by the Museum’s treasures.”

During his 21 year tenure at Hawkins\Brown Bickle worked on projects such as the Grade II listed Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre and led the regeneration of the Park Hill estate in Sheffield.

He is currently in the midst of working on the design and delivery of Here East - the repurposing of the former Press, Media and Broadcast Centres within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to create a new digital neighbourhood for London.

Bickle joins the V&A in a period of development: the construction of the Exhibition Road Building Project is continuing at pace, a new phase of FuturePlan for South Kensington and the Museum of Childhood is in development and there are a number of projects planned in Dundee, at Olympicopolis and the new Shekou Design Museum in China.

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