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 and higher education projects. His former position with Dattner Architects in New York involved a great deal of work on civic and infrastructure projects, and it is in these types of projects that David has developed an appreciation for architecture that serves to benefit society and enhance the public realm of its context, rather than glorify the ego of the designer.
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 general public while being honest in structure and materials, true to their societal and physical context, and environmentally and socially responsible.
David is 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.
During his most recent co-op placement at STUDIOS Architecture in New York, David produced design concepts and construction documents for an upscale office build-out for a private client on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Prior to that, David spent most of 2012 on an extended co-op with Moore Ruble Yudell in Santa Monica, California, where he was an integral member of the project team for a new $100 million student center at the University of California at Berkeley.
When not involved with professional or academic 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.