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Impington Village College

Where are they now?

At IVC, we recognise that you, our alumni, have gone on to have amazing lives and careers, taking you across the world to reach your goals, gaining families along the way. Through our increasing connections, we have been able to produce a document titled “Where are they now?” which details the biographies of some of our alumni members. This is not only incredibly interesting, but it is extremely useful for current students. It enables them to see what other people have achieved beyond College, therefore providing them with a passion to pursue their own dreams.

Alumni Profiles

Here you can read some of our alumni stories, and if you would like to submit your own piece for inclusion, please email

  • David Porter

    Professor of Architecture; Central Academy of Fine Art - Beijing

    David Porter was a student at Impington Village College from 1957-62. He then transferred to Cambridgeshire High School for Boys to take his A Levels. He is now an architect, urbanist, writer and educator based primarily in London. He is professor of architecture at the Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing and emeritus professor at the Glasgow School of Art having been head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture from 2000-11. From 2011-14, he was adjunct professor in the school of architecture & design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is currently vice-president Architectural Association in London.

    At CAFA, David is working with the Dean to help develop the educational approach and international profile of China's newest school of architecture in its oldest school of art. With RMIT he has been contributing to their postgraduate programme in practice-based research located in Barcelona and Ghent.

    He was a partner in Neave Brown David Porter Architects working on high-density urban projects in the Netherlands that were published and exhibited in Europe, the USA and Japan. He was a founding partner and remains a consultant to Clements & Porter Architects, is a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects of Scotland and of the Royal Society of Arts.

    He founded the Glasgow Urban Laboratory, a partnership between the Mackintosh School of Architecture and Glasgow City Council in 2007 and was elected as an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism and contributes a regular column on ‘Learning From Place’ to their journal.

    He has been visiting professor at the Arkitektskolen i Aarhus, Denmark and has examined and been a guest critic in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Romania and Sri Lanka as well as universities in the UK.

    A Piece of Advice
    “Don’t be afraid to look out of the window during classes, but try to remember what you have seen”.