David Smolker

David Smolker

Los Angeles, CA, US



Urbanist with experience in marketing, media and communications looking for professional opportunities.


Urban Air, Los Angeles, CA, Production Intern

I assist in event production and communications for a crowd-funded public art project that aims to transform billboards and the infrastructure of commerce into verdant public amenities.

Feb 2013 - current

Department of Community, Environment, and Planning -- University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, Graduate Program Assistant

I mentored 40 undergraduate students as they pursued individualized plans of study through capstone research projects. I also developed a research methods course, taught it as a co-instructor, and was a teaching assistant for a course in the ethics of the city.

Sep 2011 - Dec 2012

Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, Oakland, CA, US, Communications and Development Coordinator

My communications and development duties entailed: fundraising, donor outreach and correspondence, meeting facilitation and public speaking, green home tours, social media and marketing campaigns, event coordination, among others.

Aug 2010 - Aug 2011

MKThink, Inc, San Francisco, CA, US, Planner and Consultant

I provided strategic planning and planning studies for clients such as: UC-Berkeley (People's Park Planning Study), Lucille Packard Children's Hospital (Needs Assessment and Strategic Plan), and Stanford University Medical Center (Facilities Inventory and Database development).

Mar 2007 - Mar 2010


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, Masters, Urban Design and Planning

My design and planning education included: developing urban design strategies for community resilience along coastal regions imperiled by tsunami inundation, the Parks for the People studio design competition hosted by the National Park Service and Van Alen Institute, and an eclectic array of coursework touching everything from tent city advocacy to software entrepreneurship.

Sep 2008 - Jan 2013

Haverford College, Haverford, PA, US, Bachelors, Philosophy

My thesis work interrogated the satellite image of the earth from space for its ethical import and its use in popular culture.

Aug 2000 - Aug 2004


Student Honors, WA Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Award

Parks for the People submittal "Finding Common Ground" was awarded highest student honors by the WA ASLA in 2013.


Historic Preservation Scholarship, Scholarship

This scholarship offset the cost of attending National Historic Preservation Conference.


Research Fellow, College of Built Environments, University of Washington, Grant

Awarded a $2,000 grant to finalize submittal to Parks for the People design competition and research media and interpretation practices at San Juan Island National Historical Park.


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