When his brother brought him to Chicago after his graduation from middle school, David’s love of architecture was sealed. A decade later, he would move to the Windy City and begin volunteering at the Chicago Architectural Center, spreading the gospel of architecture to students, locals, and tourists. Wanting to push his skills on a professional level, he joined OKW, where he works as a job captain on a range of projects, from residential buildouts to retail renovations. David views architecture as a means to work alongside the organic environment to improve it and further the discussion of what it means to build. He recognizes that we are stewards of our planet, and as such we have the responsibility to build thoughtfully and with an eye towards the future.
Most inspirational building in Chicago: I am constantly in awe and inspired every time I go to the Thompson Center. It is massive and grotesque and futuristic and beautiful all at the same time. The building beautifully embodies the 80s with its altered American flag color scheme and an adapted interpretation of a rotunda, while still creating a fantastic public space for engagement and activity, both inside and out.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be? Activist. Architecture, in essence, is a form of activism. You are making a statement, either good or bad, as a response to the current political powers of the time.
Top city on your list of places you want to visit: Cariati, Calabria Italy. Both sides of my immigrated to the U.S. from this small town, and I would love to learn about my family’s history.