Articles Grimshaw builds momentum with new sustainability lead for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand

Grimshaw announces the appointment of David Ritter as Sustainability Lead – Australia and New Zealand, reinforcing the practice’s global net zero carbon and regenerative design commitments.

Working closely with Global Practice Leader of Sustainability, Dr. Paul Toyne, David will be instrumental in drawing together and evolving Grimshaw’s expertise across its studios in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

As the lead for Atelier Ten’s Melbourne office from 2015-2023, David brings a deep understanding of the technical challenges and opportunities that sustainable and regenerative design presents.

Accomplished in environmental engineering and sustainability master planning, and with projects delivered across Australia, China, Dubai, United Kingdom, and United States of America, David has cultivated a reputation for informed and collaborative practice in achieving world-leading sustainable built outcomes.

David’s experience prior to Grimshaw includes low-carbon systems retrofit for the Palaces of Westminster, sustainability master planning for IKEA, and multi-residential Passivhaus projects in China. His experience in Australia includes WA Museum Boola Bardip, STH BNK by Beulah, Monash University Gillies Hall, Cairnlea Mixed-Use Development, and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Herbarium.

I'm excited to join Grimshaw, a global architectural and design practice founded on sustainability and circular economy design principles, and welcome the challenge to bring my sustainability leadership and technical expertise to our studios in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to help our clients achieve sustainable design solutions. It's imperative we support our clients to implement systems thinking and Grimshaw’s integrated design philosophy that can deliver viable game-changing projects.

David Ritter, Sustainability Lead – Australia and New Zealand, Grimshaw