David Gonzalez

David Gonzalez




Born in Costa Rica, I'm an advocate for adventurous situations, especially in the city. 

At Sciarc, I learned that there is still community in Los Angeles, but that architects are many times secluded from the very experiences they try to design.

While working design/build, I learned more in two weeks than in 5 years of school, getting things done.

Just finished GSAPP (MS Arch and Urban Design) and looking forward to doing much greater things.


The profile pic is from a trip to Ghana with the Urban Design Studio in February.


I'll be in Latin America driving a pickup full of materials for the rest of the year. Update: I'm back in the States.



architecture350, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

Feb 2012 - current

Architecture For Humanity, Port-au-Prince, HT, Architect and Urban Designer

In the field researcher and designer for a community neighborhood project of 500 new permanent houses, their supporting infrastructure including roads, two schools, a market, a sports facility and an ecologic corridor.

Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Jay Vanos Architects, Inc., Job Captain

(Additions and remodels, new custom homes, small lot subdivisions, duplexes, and 14 to 59 unit apartment projects amongst others.)
Modeling (3d and physical),
Drawings (schematic to construction documents),
Rendering for presentation,
Coordination with consultants (structural, civil, mechanical, landscape, electrical),
Building and Safety interface (permit retrieval, plan check corrections, clearances),
Construction Administration

May 2007 - May 2009


Columbia University, Masters, Architecture in Urban Design

Studio T.A. selected based on academic merit

May 2010 - May 2011
Jan 2005 - Dec 2007


GSAPP Architecture and Urban Design, Scholarship

Admission/portfolio scholarship + Studio TA award with stipend


2x8 Motion, Award

Annual show, sponsored by the AIA/LA, showcasing two selected exemplary projects from schools in California.
Project featured: Belmont Tunnel Mixed-Use Housing


Areas of Specialization