'David was born in Great Yarmouth between the Norfolk Broads and the depositional sand spit formed from tides divided by the blunt nose of Norfolk. Spending his childhood in Lowestoft from the age of seven, David must have witnessed the steady decline of the herring fleets, and the gradual silting-up of the harbour and degradation of its quayside. He was always wistful in his relationship to such places, whether it was a student site at Rotherhithe or Tenby or his school at Gravesend. His teaching was always grounded in his own experience, whether from architectural practice or a familiar landscape.'
from David Gray: a life of architecture, landscape and friendship by Peter Salter, professor of architectural design at the Welsh School of Architecture