David de Céspedes

David de Céspedes

Ann Arbor, MI, US



With special interest in the overlap between seemingly disparate disciplines — whether it be education, architecture, urban planning, or policy — I believe in collaboration as a critical tool for work which facilitates social change as well as tangible improvements in the spatial dynamics of cities. 


David's School Blog on Archinect:

@davefromhialeah : Ideas, References, and Provocations from Brooklyn, New York

Now that I'm post-graduate-school, and [for the time being] post-architectural-practice, I'm using this blog as an outlet to generate meaningful conversation on the limitations as well as latent opportunities in architectural practice.

Co-Founder @anewyorkagency

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Guidebits, Brooklyn, NY, US, Visual Designer [freelance]

Worked collaboratively to develop the conceptual framework of the product, created wireframe mock-ups of site functionality, tools, user experience, and developed strategies for branding, graphic design, and visual identity.

Jan 2013 - current

Ampersand | Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Editor

Development of publication framework, coordination of call for submissions, creation and maintenance of annual budget, and managing of editorial and graphic design teams.

Sep 2012 - Jul 2013

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Researcher

Mapping, diagramming, and design speculation on urbanism and infrastructure in Jakarta, Indonesia, in conjunction with University of Indonesia and Hong Kong University.

May 2012 - Jul 2013

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL, Magnet Chairperson

Implementation of courses merging applied arts, math, and science
Instruction in science and technology

Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Florida International University, Miami, FL, Guest Professor

Lecture, desk critiques, and coordination of third year undergraduate studio, in collaboration with Malik Benjamin, Associate Professor

Oct 2010 - Oct 2010

Miami-Dade County Park & Recreation, Miami, FL, Research Intern

Research associated with Miami-Dade Open Space Master Plan & Regional Greenways

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL, Instructor

Instruction in 7th Grade Comprehensive Science, 9th Grade Language Arts

Sep 2008 - Jun 2009

John Weller Architect, Inc., South Miami, FL, US, Junior Designer

Schematic design and construction documentation for private residences, construction documents of several house additions.

Jan 2008 - Jul 2008

Sixto Architects, Inc., South Miami, FL, Design Intern

Assist with developing proposals for low-income housing in Miami-Dade County, developed analytical studies of existing housing developments at various scales.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2008


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, MArch, Master of Architecture - 2G

Master of Architecture, Advanced Standing

Sep 2011 - current

Florida International University, Miami, Bachelors, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Minor in Philosophy

Sep 2003 - May 2008


Howard & Judith Sims Scholarship, University of Michigan, Scholarship


Rookie Teacher of the Year, Parkway Middle Community School, Award


USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition, South Florida Chapter, Honorable Mention


Imagining Recovery: Toward a Design Economy, Competition Winner, 1st Place


Presidential Scholar, Florida International University, Scholarship


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