David Best

David Best

New York, NY, US



Senior Project Architect with over 12 years of experience successfully overseeing and directing corporate interiors projects of varying sizes and complexities. Experience ranges from landlord work to Fortune 500 companies in Class A buildings. Adept in all phases of architectural design, including program assessment, development, and production of construction documentation, project administration, supervision, and coordination of MEP trades and DOB filing.


The Switzer Group, New York, NY, US, Design Professional

Coordinated and produced construction documents for corporate interiors from design development through punch lists.

Jun 2022 - Mar 2023

Kahn Architecture & Design, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect

Collaborate with team members across project phases, from design development to construction document production to construction administration.

Aug 2021 - May 2022

Ted Moudis Associates, New York, NY, US, Project Manager/Senior Project Architect/Project Architect

Manage all phases of interior projects from conception through construction ensuring on-time completion.
Provide support to studio team leads by regularly providing status updates on field conditions and project progress.
Collaborate with team members across project phases, from design development to construction document production to project administration.
Provide cost analysis, bid procurement, bid leveling and value engineering services to bring projects within clients’ budgets.
Create lease work letters, attend weekly meetings, conduct site visits to monitor progress and ascertain whether phases of the construction process are in compliance with plans and specifications.

Aug 2013 - Apr 2020

Oprea Design Group Inc. New York, NY, New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Led and / or collaborated with team members on all aspects of architectural design and space planning for 50+ commercial projects per year, including client kick-off meetings and needs assessments, programming, formulating design concepts, development of construction documentation and supervision of MEP trades.

May 2009 - Aug 2013

British Oxygen Corporation, Berkley Heights, New Jersey, Configuration Manager/Designer

Turned around a U.S. Air Force gas separator black project that was 14 months late, over budget and in jeopardy of collapse; oversaw all aspects of configuration management and design.
• Structured product into a logical, modular hierarchy to simplify manufacturing and production processes.
• Developed a highly detailed hierarchical chart of assemblies and sub-assemblies in accordance with military specifications and contract requirements.
• Supervised three (3) drafters. Collaborated with and generated progress reports for U.S. Air Force counterparts; implemented change order requests. Successfully delivered final Technical Data Package (TDP).

May 2004 - Jun 2005

Northrop Grumman Corporation / Amherst Systems, East Elmhurst, NY, US, Senior Mechanical Designer / Mechanical Designer / Technical Illustrator

Designed modular electro-mechanical packaging solutions for the Advanced Multiple Emitter Stimulator (AMES) line of electronic radar stimulators.

Jan 1988 - Jun 2003


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Sep 2005 - Jun 2008

Queens College, CUNY, Flushing, NY, US, Computer Science

Sep 1995 - Jun 1998

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