David Best

David Best



Creative design professional with many years of experience in the design and management of sophisticated and complex projects. Currently working as an Architectural Designer in a midtown architectural design and space planning firm. I design commercial interiors and renovate existing spaces.


Oprea Design Group Inc. New York, NY, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

- Designed corporate office space for various IT companies, financial firms, law firms, accountants, academic institutions and other industries.
- Designed showrooms, work areas and office space for high end fashion design companies and garment manufacturers.
- Designed display systems and furniture using state-of-the-art LED lighting systems.
- Designed pre-built spaces for buildings owned by the Kaufman Realty Organization.
- Renovated existing commercial space.
- Formulated design options and solutions to maximize space utilization.
- Simultaneously managed projects in a fast paced dynamic environment.
- Handled all phases of project design and development.
- Directed outsourced trades.
- Inspected work performed by contractor to ensure quality and completion of work.
- Surveyed demolished and occupied space to create existing condition plans.
- Created construction plans using AutoCAD.
- Created 3D conceptual design renderings for client presentations.

May 2009 - current

British Oxygen Corporation - Special Projects Group, Murray Hill, NJ, Configuration Manager/Designer

I was hired as a contractor to oversee the configuration management and design aspects of a classified defense project.

- Utilized my many years of experience in the design of defense projects and knowledge of military standards to successfully turn around a failing project.
- Ensured that documentation and system design adhered to military specifications, contractual requirements and design and drafting practices.
- Restructured and organized product into a logical modular hierarchy to facilitate the manufacturing and production process.
- Identified and compiled the official listing of system documentation requirements.
- Prioritized and delegated work to design and drafting staff.
- Controlled revisions and implemented change order requests.

May 2004 - Jul 2005

Northrop Grumman Corporation - Amherst Systems, East Elmhurst, NY, Senior Mechanical Designer - Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector

- Designed modular electro-mechanical packaging solutions for the Advanced Multiple Emitter Simulator (AMES) line of electronic warfare simulators.
- Designed and documented electronic warfare simulators for both domestic and international defense corporations.
- Organized and managed the mechanical aspects of overlapping projects.
- Identified and prioritized project design requirements.
- Created Technical Drawing Sets (TDS) per military, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and best commercial standards.
- Generated and incorporated engineering change orders.
- Lowered project design costs by identifying the common mechanical objectives.
- Used AutoCAD software and other vector-based CAD applications.

Jan 1990 - Jan 2003

Northrop Grumman Corporation - Advanced Systems, East Elmhurst, NY, Technical Illustrator

- Responsible for graphically explaining the functionality of sophisticated electronic warfare simulators and various aircraft radar test equipment.
- Created illustrations and diagrams for user manuals and procedure guides.
- Supported marketing, software and electrical engineering departments by creating process diagrams and flow charts.

Jan 1988 - Jan 1990


New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Architecture and Architecture Technology.

Sep 2005 - Jun 2008

High school of Art and Design, New York, NY, US, High School, Industrial Design

Industrial Design, Illustration, Animation

Sep 1980 - Jun 1984


Arthur J. Pettorino Memorial Award, Award

Arthur J. Pettorino Memorial Award for outstanding achievement in the study of architecture technology.


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