David Cole

David Cole

New York, NY, US



In his professional experience dating back more than a decade, David has been responsible for daily design and production on a wide variety of project types, ranging from small residential freelance projects to multimillion-dollar transportation, higher education, and corporate projects.

David strongly believes in a collaborative design process in which the client and end users play a crucial role, and that good architecture is that which forms a positive experience, not merely an object to be admired. Throughout his career, David has striven to create built environments that serve the needs of their clients and the public while being honest in structure and materials, true to their societal and physical context, and environmentally and socially responsible.

David recently finished his professional Master of Architecture degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), which is consistently ranked as one of the top architecture schools in the United States. DAAP embraces the “learn by doing” ethos that David has practiced throughout his career, which pervades the culture of the classroom, the studio, and co-op placements at various professional settings.

When not involved with professional practice, David enjoys reading about history and geography, advocating for social justice, listening to independent music, watching classic films and British television (particularly Doctor Who and Top Gear), sampling craft beers at his favorite pubs, and exploring new places from the side streets of New York and London to the mountain roads of the American West.



STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Responsible for daily construction administration on extensive renovations to a historic 30-story art deco office tower which will become the headquarters for a major media corporation.

Jul 2014 - current

STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Architecture Co-op

Developed design concepts and construction documents for a 3000 sf office build-out for a private client on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Apr 2013 - Aug 2013

Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, Santa Monica, CA, US, Architecture Co-op

Assisted with architectural design, Revit modeling, renderings, client presentations, and construction documents for a new $100M student center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mar 2012 - Nov 2012

FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH, US, Architecture Co-op

Conducted field surveys for a department store renovation in Orange County, California.

Assisted with construction documents for a $10M shopping mall renovation in Nashua, New Hampshire.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Dattner Architects, New York, NY, US, Project Designer

Oversaw the development and production of several transit-related feasibility studies for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Responsible for daily design and project delivery for a 250,000 sf adaptive re-use of a historic industrial building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard into television and film studios.

Collaborated on design and construction documents for the renovation of the Peter Rodino Federal Building in downtown Newark, New Jersey.

Jul 2007 - Feb 2010

Mekus Tanager, Chicago, IL, US, Project Designer / Job Captain

Oversaw daily design, construction documents, and construction administration on a wide range of interior design projects, including an 8700 sf suburban branch bank and a 30,000 sf office build-out for Motorola, Inc. in downtown Chicago.

Jul 2005 - Jun 2007

Kitchen and Associates, Architectural Services PA, Collingswood, NJ, US, Project Designer

Designed a 54,000 sf renovation and addition to a historic monastery at Villanova University, and oversaw production of construction documents for the project.

Sep 2002 - May 2003

Perkins+Will, Chicago, IL, US, Student Intern

Created presentation drawings for a $13M healthcare facility for AIDS and other infectious diseases in Chicago, which were featured in a 1999 gallery exhibition about the work of Ralph Johnson, and published in Architectural Record.

Involved from schematic design through construction documents on a wide variety of healthcare, laboratory, and education projects.

Sep 1995 - Jan 1999


University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, MArch, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning

Completed professional M.Arch. degree program requirements for registration as an architect, with a particular focus on craft, tectonics, and materiality.

Alternated academic semesters with full-time co-op placements at Moore Ruble Yudell, STUDIOS Architecture, and FRCH Design Worldwide.

Completed a year-long research and design thesis involving the human experience of arrival and the renewal of New Yorkís Pennsylvania Station.

Sep 2010 - Apr 2014

DePaul University, Chicago, IL, US, Bachelors, School for New Learning

Completed undergraduate studies in a self-directed BA degree program for nontraditional adult students, under the guidance of academic and professional mentors.

Received two Student Excellence Awards for research on public transportation, housing, and livable communities.

Mar 2006 - Jun 2010

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, School of Architecture and the Arts

Completed general education requirements and introductory design studios while working part-time at Perkins + Will.

Sep 1995 - Nov 1999


DePaul University Student Excellence Award, Award

Awarded for undergraduate Advanced Project, a master plan for a regional rail transit system in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


DePaul University Student Excellence Award, Award

Awarded for a research paper regarding urban housing design and livable neighborhoods.


Perkins + Will Employee Recognition Award, Award

Awarded for contributions on a complicated laboratory/office project in South Korea.


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