David joined Johnson Fain in 1994, and has more than 30 years of professional experience in the areas of urban design, community planning, and facilities programming. David manages urban design and planning for multiple projects in the office including both public and private clients throughout the United States. He is well known for his work on a broad range of project types, from laboratories to education, to major mixed-use projects and transportation-oriented development, and has a particular interest in community participation in the planning and design process.
During his early training in architecture, David developed his interests in pre-design programming, decision-making processes, and community design, interests that were furthered in his graduate studies at UCLA focused on the behavioral foundations of design and planning. Prior to joining Johnson Fain, he consulted with public agencies, and worked in private firms and for a non-profit development group in Watts. He was a member of the first Board of Directors for UCLA’s Urban Innovations Group, and until recently served as an appointed member of the Westwood Community Design Review Board for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.
David’s recent work includes master planning for the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus as a mixed use reintegration community for veterans. He has prepared corporate campus master plans for Amgen and Genentech, two of the world’s largest biotechnology companies, as well as master plans for redevelopment of the Hemisfair site in San Antonio, for a new “Knowledge City” west of Houston, and for mixed use urban infill neighborhoods in Honolulu. He also managed the Urban Design Framework Plan and Design Standards for The Village at Playa Vista, which was named Best Focused Planning Project in 2006 from the Los Angeles Section of the American Planning Association and which received a Merit Award from the California Chapter of the American Planning Association.
- Master of Arts, Architecture and Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles, 1974
- Bachelor of Architecture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 1970