UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Obituary - David Kincaid, 1935-2011

20 January 2012

David was born in 1935 and raised in Ashcroft, BC, Canada. He studied Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and following graduation he worked both in Canada and the USA, including a period in the late 1960s in San Francisco.

During his early career he became Assistant Chief Engineer to Garretson Elmendorf in San Francisco and Manager for Real Estate Policy with the Bell Telephone Company in Canada. During the period 1971-77, David was Chief Mechanical Engineer with Drake & Scull Ltd.

In 1977 David joined IBM UK Ltd at its Headquarters in Portsmouth. Here he was appointed as IBM's London Regional Property Manager, responsible for a £6M annual budget and IBM's extensive 1.5M sq.ft. capital building programme for laboratories, manufacturing and head quarters buildings.

Following his first wife's death, David moved to the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at University College London in 1992. He was appointed as Senior Lecturer to set up and jointly direct the innovative Facility and Environment Management (FEM) MSc course at UCL with Bev Nutt. They were joined by Peter McLennan and established the Bartlett's fm-exchange to promote facility management collaborations generally.

In 1996 David became Director of the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, a post that he held until his retirement in 2001, when he was conferred as an Honorary Reader in recognition of the outstanding contribution that he had made to the Bartlett and UCL. 

During his time at UCL, David was involved in funded research into the Adaptive Re-Use of Buildings, Selective Demolition, Refurbishment Risks in Occupied Buildings and in Facilities Energy Management. During this time David was a BRE Research Visitor, working on a number of government research committees. He was joint initiator of two major international conferences "Futures in Property and Facilities Management", in London in 1999 and 2004 and continued to contribute as a UCL Teacher (part time) until September 2008.

David Kincaid died on the 29 December 2011. He is survived by his children, Ian, Jamie, Suzanne, his second wife Gill and many grandchildren.

Donations to Cancer Research in memory of David Kincaid can be made at http://donateinmemory.cancerresearchuk.org/0002302.