Foster + Partners
Visiting lecturer (2004-2015)
First non-Japanese designer
Founder / MD (2005-present)
MA graduate (1987-1989)
Founder & Managing Director
David Keech is founder of Keechdesign, whose multidisciplinary approach reflects his interests in industrial design, architecture, furniture and environments. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1989.
David was the first non-Japanese designer to join Yamaha’s creative team in Hamamatsu and produced a number of ground-breaking designs in their music equipment and consumer product sectors. He was a key force in the internationalisation of Yamaha’s design team.
Before working in Japan, David was an Associate at Foster & Partners, joining as a member of the Bilbao Metro project team.
He was one of the founding members of F&P’s in-house product design team, gaining deep experience in architecture, product design and project management. He also worked on several personal projects for Norman Foster, for both his private use and bespoke development.
David has led numerous projects on the Innovation Design Engineering course at the Royal College of Art as a senior visiting tutor, he is also a visiting Project Leader at KLC School of Design and member of the London Design Awards Advisory Panel. He is passionate about design, art, technology, music, making and manufacturing.
Design influencers: Eduardo Paolozzi / Norman Foster / Picasso
Favourite designs: Post Office Tower / 1st gen. iPod / Late 50s Triton café racer / any english cathedral
Favourite perk of the job: As a kid, I spent hours drawing, making and collecting things; this is pretty much what KD does today!
When not in the studio: Playing and promoting jazz music