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David Delasantos, AIA, NCARB

Principal, Multifamily/Mixed-Use Practice Leader

With an interest in both design and business, David was drawn to multifamily/mixed-use projects early in his career, where he has continued to thrive. He is particularly interested in the complexity of development projects which benefit from his unique blend of design, technical and interpersonal skills. Ultimately, he believes each project is unique and results from a creative process that synthesizes constraints and transforms ideas.

Although David’s role as Principal is focused on multifamily/mixed-use projects, he is also able to apply the well-established principles of sound design and business practice acquired during his 25-year career to other related building typologies such as student housing, senior housing and hospitality. David has a keen interest in how new technologies and building systems can help inform or reinforce the underlying design concept of a building. The firm as a whole also benefits from his leadership experience, strong project management acumen and quality control skills.

Effective teamwork is a hallmark of David’s management style, and mentoring junior staff is particularly satisfying. Watching their “light bulb” moments is not only meaningful but also sparks opportunities for everyone to learn something new or apply what has been learned in a different way. A big believer in leading by example, David thrives on helping people achieve their own career goals while making a meaningful contribution to the firm and the community.

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