David Kaunitz co-founded Kaunitz Yeung Architecture with his wife Ka Wai Yeung following his return to Sydney after living seven years in the UK, which included five as a director of a large practice running its London studio where he worked on some of the largest projects in Europe, including The London Olympic Village for clients such as HSBC and Lend Lease.

His long association with the Pacific Islands, and the Solomon Islands in particular, and post disaster experience in South East Asia and the Pacific working for clients such as UNICEF, UNHCR and World Vision has allowed Kaunitz to develop both an outlook and style that is truly unique.

Kaunitz speaks with Talking Architecture & Design about working in the UK, his time in the Solomon Islands and the importance of disaster architecture and what his experiences have taught him about designing better urban places