David Palmer

David Palmer

New York City



I love solving the problems that come with building creative, healthy, safe and functional buildings.  It's an honor to work alongside the professionals that help make my job so fulfilling and the greatest experience of my life to see a design rise up into reality.  

I love the energy and potential of big cities and seek them out, traveling and seeing new places as much as possible.  I was born and raised in Arlington, Texas, where I lived until joining the military, spending four years serving in the US Navy at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  I moved to Chicago to be nearer to the architecture that inspires me. I graduated with a Master's degree in Architecture and most recently have put my energy and love into the renovation and sale of a beautiful old home in Richmond, Virginia. 



Winks Snowa Architects, Richmond, VA, US, Project Manager

Develop construction documents and specifications for large-scale commercial projects with a focus on wood-frame multi-family residential and institutional projects including apartments, condominiums and town home designs as well as memory care and assisted living.

Feb 2014 - Apr 2017

Baskervill, Richmond, VA, US, Project Designer

Coordinated with Owners and Interior Designers in fourteen hotel renovations. Prepared Construction Documents, developed presentation renderings, and provided Construction Administration services directly with contractors and clients. Organized general feasibility and accessibility studies in compliance with Building, Zoning, and Accessibility Codes.

Jul 2011 - Jan 2013

NORR, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect

Collaborated with international retail chain clients including Panera Bread and Starbucks, from initial ideas through construction, to provide design renderings and Construction Documents. Maintained good relationships nationally with local building and health departments to obtain permits on fifty-five renovation projects. Facilitated the firm's conversion from CAD to current building information modeling software.

Jan 2010 - Jul 2011

Amstadter Architects, Chicago, IL, US, Intern Architect / Graduate Student

Provided direct assistance to Project Architects while working closely with clients, the City of Chicago, landscape architects, and structural and engineering consultants. Completed Master's degree Thesis on Garden-to-Market Community Building for local non-profit.

Jun 2006 - Feb 2009

US Navy, Pearl Harbor, HI, US, Quartermaster, Head of Navigation Detail

Head of the Navigation Detail as a Quartermaster 2nd Class. Navy Achievement Medal. Honorable discharge, November 1999.

Sep 1995 - Nov 1999


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2005 - May 2008

UPC | Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès, Barcelona, ES, Architecture Study Abroad

Sep 2005 - Mar 2006

The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2001 - May 2005

Areas of Specialization