David Pearson

David Pearson

Southern California



Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Woodbury University



Woodbury University, Adjunct Professor

Graduate and undergraduate thesis design studios.
Design communication/digital representation & parametric tools

Aug 2015 - current

PALO, President/Founder

Select architecture projects with extraordinary clients.

Licensed in California (C36268) and Colorado (ARC.00405257)

Jun 2015 - current

Harvard iLab, Boston, Resident VIP

Research effort into the decentralization of water treatment infrastructure based at Harvard’s iLab with support from the university and the City of Boston’s New Urban Mechanics Group.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, Graduate Teaching Assistant / Blogger

Assisted Michael Maltzan, Mia Lehrer, Neil Leach, and Alison Hirsch.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Gensler, Boston, MA, US, Job Captain | Designer

Projects at all scales from test-fits to ground up core and shell buildings and campus repositioning.
Developed SD-CD drawing sets under a Project Manager working predominately in Revit
- San Jose, Costa Rica: SD proposals for mixed-use development
- Tech Park, Bedford, MA: Tech campus repositioning & site design; (SD-DD)
- Air Rights Tower, Newton, MA: Vestibule & lobby (DD-CD)
- Fidelity Chairman Headquarters, Salem, NH: highly iterative SD process.
- Various TI’s, Interior Fit-Outs and Campus Repositions

Oct 2012 - Jul 2013

Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA, US, Adjunct Professor

College of Architecture, Design & Construction Management
Teaching the fundamentals of ideation, design & representation through drawing, diagramming, sketching, and modeling to 1st year 4+1 M-Arch students.
Conversation with Andrew Payne to be published in 2014 Wentworth Architecture Review

Sep 2012 - Jun 2013

OP.en, SDNYLON-BOS, Co-Founder | Designer

- Finalists in the 2012 OnePrize: Blight to Might
- Urban design and market research for San Diego neighborhood in partnership with local planner/investor.
- Design of solar shade structures for the Art Produce art gallery. The overall site & building design by Lynn Susholtz was awarded a 2011 Sustainable Design Orchid from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.
- Semi-Finalists in the 2011 OnePrize: NYC 6 Boro competition
- Consultation on a winning installation competition entry by artist Anne Mudge.

Mar 2010 - Dec 2012

Jorge Ozorno Studio, San Diego, CA, US, Co-Designer | Project Manager

Responsible for managing and co-designing residential projects in California and Mexico including a high-end contemporary home in La Jolla, CA that was awarded a 2014 AIASD Merit Award.

- Romero House | La Jolla, CA | Project cost: $5.5M: July 2010 - August 2012
- Fuentes Terrace | La Jolla, CA: November 2010 - February 2011 (SD - CA)
- Ocho Casas Verdes | Queretaro, MX: 2011 - 2012. 8 passive homes (Remote CA)

Jul 2010 - Aug 2012

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA, US, Design Critic | External Thesis Adviser | Teaching Assistant

B. Arch, M.Arch, and MS Arch Programs

Oct 2010 - Jun 2012

Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Collaborator | Junior Architect

Competition & RFPs including Oceanside High School PAC, San Pasqual Academy Housing & Dormitories, Sage Creek High School, and California Senior Housing in Marin

Dec 2009 - Jun 2010

Form 64 design + build, San Diego, CA, US, Journeyman

Renovation of (2) single family homes

Jan 2010 - Mar 2010

Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, UCSD, La Jolla, CA, Designer

Design models & drawings of the Living Rooms at the Border Project for Casa Familiar

Oct 2009 - Nov 2009

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Teaching Assistant | Dean's Intern

Aug 2008 - Jun 2009

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, Instructor

Jan 2009 - Apr 2009

RNT Architects, San Diego, CA, US, Junior Designer

Mar 2008 - Sep 2008

SB Surfboards | Resin Works, Oceanside, CA, US, Craftsman

Built, tested, and designed surfboards for 5 years prior to university studies.

Jan 2000 - Sep 2006


Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, MArch, Master in Architecture 2, Post Professional Degree

Studied under Anne Lacaton, Michael Maltzan and Ben van Berkel.

Co-founder, GSDWest, promoting dialogue between the coasts of North America.
Organized road trip from Tijuana to San Francisco. Visited over 30 design and real estate offices & important projects.

Work published in GSD Platform 7, “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hyperreality: Thermo LA,” pp. 312-313 published
by Actar. 2015
Work presented at Tsinghua University, Beijing, “Architectures of Radical Openness.” Winter 2014.

Aug 2013 - May 2015

Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA), Visiting School: San Francisco, CA, US / CCA, BioDynamic Structures

Jul 2011 - Jul 2011

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Cum Laude, Dean’s List 6 quarters, President’s List 2006 – 2007
Thesis: interdependence of natural, societal, and physical systems on a sensitive site w/in Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, CA.

Sep 2005 - Jun 2009

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Visiting Student (4th Year)

Studied under Blanca Lleó and Salvador Perez Arroyo.
EU Spanish Language fluency certifications.

Aug 2007 - Jan 2008


Finalist, Other

2012 OnePrize: Blight to Might Competition organized by Terreform One


Semi-Finalist, Other

2011 OnePrize: NYC 6 Boro Competition organized by Terreform One


Areas of Specialization