David Cole

David Cole

Seattle, WA, US


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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 in a diverse range of settings, ranging from small residential renovation projects in historic neighborhoods to multimillion-dollar civic, institutional, and corporate projects in major cities across the country. His experience includes tenures at a variety of venerable architecture firms in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles, including three laureates of the national AIA Firm Award.

David strongly believes in a collaborative design process in which the client and end users play a critical role, and that architecture of lasting quality is not merely a static object to be admired or a product to be commodified, but is designed with the human experience at its core. Throughout his career, David has striven to create built environments that serve the needs of their users and the public while being honest in structure and materials, responsive to human needs and aspirations, and sustainable in the broadest sense of the term.

David began his formal architectural studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at DePaul University, and earned his professional Master of Architecture degree at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, which is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top design schools.

When not involved with professional practice, David enjoys reading about history and geography, being involved in the community, listening to electronic music, sampling craft cocktails at his favorite tiki bars, and exploring new places from the side streets of London to the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

David is a registered architect in the states of Washington and Ohio, holds certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.



Ankrom Moisan Architects, Seattle, WA, US, Project Architect

Responsible for daily design, documentation, and exterior cladding details for a 205-unit high-rise apartment building in Seattle's First Hill neighborhood.

Responsible for daily design, documentation, and coordination for a 150-unit senior living facility in Tukwila, Washington.

Apr 2016 - current

STUDIOS Architecture, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Responsible for construction administration on extensive renovations to a historic 30-story art deco office tower in preparation for becoming Sony's American headquarters.

Jul 2014 - Jun 2015

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

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

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 Coordinator

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 Coordinator

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 local firms in Cincinnati.

Completed a year-long research and design thesis involving the human experience of arrival and the renewal of New York's 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

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, GSAPP Summer Architecture Studio

May 2007 - Jul 2007

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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