David S. Cole
|In his professional experience dating back more than a decade, David has been responsible for daily design and production on a wide variety of project types, ranging from small residential freelance projects to multimillion-dollar transportation and higher education projects. His former position with Dattner Architects in New York involved a great deal of work on civic and infrastructure projects, and it is in these types of projects that David has developed an appreciation for architecture that serves to benefit society and enhance the public realm of its context, rather than glorify the ego of the designer.
David strongly believes in a collaborative design process in which the client and end users play a crucial role, and that good architecture is that which forms a positive experience, not merely an object to be admired. Throughout his career, David has striven to create built environments that serve the needs of their clients and the general public while being honest in structure and materials, true to their societal and physical context, and environmentally and socially responsible.
David is currently finishing his thesis year in the Master of Architecture program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), which is consistently ranked as one of the top architecture schools in the United States. DAAP embraces the “learn by doing” ethos that David has practiced throughout his career, which pervades the culture of the classroom, the studio, and co-op placements at various professional settings.
During his most recent co-op placement at STUDIOS Architecture in New York, David produced design concepts and construction documents for an upscale office build-out for a private client on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Prior to that, David spent most of 2012 on an extended co-op with Moore Ruble Yudell in Santa Monica, California, where he was an integral member of the project team for a new $100 million student center at the University of California at Berkeley.
When not involved with professional or academic practice, David enjoys reading about history and geography, advocating for social justice, listening to independent music, watching classic films and British television (particularly Doctor Who and Top Gear), sampling craft beers at his favorite pubs, and exploring new places from the side streets of New York and London to the mountain roads of the American West.