London's Victoria & Albert Museum have announced that David Bickle, formerly a partner at Hawkins\Brown, has been appointed as the new Director of Design, Exhibitions and FuturePlan. In this role Bickle 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. With the construction of Amanda Levete Architects' new addition on Exhibition Road underway - coupled with the V&A's plans for new exhibition spaces in Dundee, Scotland, and in East Stratford on the former site of the 2012 London Olympic Games - the museum is also in the process of helping to establishing a collection in Shenzhen.
The V&A is a beguiling institution that has slowly crept up and stolen my heart. An affair that started with the Boilerhouse Gallery that I visited as a student and more recently with 'Savage Beauty' that presents Alexander McQueen's breathtaking body of work. 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.
Read our review of the V&A's latest exhibition, All Of This Belongs To You: