David Pearson

David Pearson

Southern California



Partner at PALO



PALO, Partner

PALO is an architecture and landscape office founded on the principles of generosity, adaptability and entrepreneurship. From their San Diego headquarters the office engages local conditions with an ambitious perspective. PALO is presently growing a comprehensive portfolio of residential projects working closely with developers, investors and owners.
Licensed in California, Arizona and Colorado

Jun 2015 - current

Woodbury University, Adjunct Professor

Thesis research and design studios

Aug 2015 - Dec 2021

Harvard iLab, Boston, Resident VIP

Research effort into the decentralization of water treatment infrastructure with support from the City of Boston’s New Urban Mechanics Group.

Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

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

Assistant to Michael Maltzan.

Jan 2014 - Jan 2015

Gensler, Boston, MA, US, Job Captain

Oct 2012 - Jul 2013

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

Built, tested, and designed over 5,000 surfboards prior to university studies.

Jan 2000 - Sep 2006


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

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

Areas of Specialization