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David de Céspedes

David de Céspedes

Ann Arbor, MI, US

 

About 

With special interest in the overlap between seemingly disparate disciplines — whether it be education, architecture, urban planning, or policy — I believe in collaboration as a critical tool for work which facilitates social change as well as tangible improvements in the spatial dynamics of cities. 

Elsewhere:

David's School Blog on Archinect:

the urbanterior : Ideas, References, and Provocations from Taubman College, University of Michigan

This blog likely arises from an over-abundance of architectural theory courses this semester. There are far too many thoughts ruminating in the atmosphere at Taubman College to not transcribe somewhere.

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Employment 

Guidebits, Brooklyn, NY, US, Visual Designer [freelance]

Worked collaboratively to develop the conceptual framework of the product, created wireframe mock-ups of site functionality, tools, user experience, and developed strategies for branding, graphic design, and visual identity.

Jan 2013 - current
 

Ampersand | Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Editor

Development of publication framework, coordination of call for submissions, creation and maintenance of annual budget, and managing of editorial and graphic design teams.

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013
 

University of Michigan - Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Researcher

Mapping, diagramming, and design speculation on urbanism and infrastructure in Jakarta, Indonesia, in conjunction with University of Indonesia and Hong Kong University.

May 2012 - Jul 2013
 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL, Magnet Chairperson

Implementation of courses merging applied arts, math, and science
Instruction in science and technology

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
 

Florida International University, Miami, FL, Guest Professor

Lecture, desk critiques, and coordination of third year undergraduate studio, in collaboration with Malik Benjamin, Associate Professor

Oct 2010 - Oct 2010
 

Miami-Dade County Park & Recreation, Miami, FL, Research Intern

Research associated with Miami-Dade Open Space Master Plan & Regional Greenways
System

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009
 

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL, Instructor

Instruction in 7th Grade Comprehensive Science, 9th Grade Language Arts

Sep 2008 - Jun 2009
 

John Weller Architect, Inc., South Miami, FL, US, Junior Designer

Schematic design and construction documentation for private residences, construction documents of several house additions.

Jan 2008 - Jul 2008
 

Sixto Architects, Inc., South Miami, FL, Design Intern

Assist with developing proposals for low-income housing in Miami-Dade County, developed analytical studies of existing housing developments at various scales.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
 

Education 

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - 2G

Master of Architecture, Advanced Standing

Sep 2011 - current
 

Florida International University, Miami, Bachelors, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Minor in Philosophy

Sep 2003 - May 2008
 

Awards 

Howard & Judith Sims Scholarship, University of Michigan, Scholarship

2011
 

Rookie Teacher of the Year, Parkway Middle Community School, Award

2009
 

USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, South Florida Chapter, Honorable Mention

2008
 

Imagining Recovery: Toward a Design Economy, Competition Winner, 1st Place

2008
 

Presidential Scholar, Florida International University, Scholarship

2003
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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