David Damon

Principal, Higher Education Practice Leader, Boston

Upon entering college, David recalls feeling awe-struck by the diversity of his class. For the first time, he was collaborating with peers from around the world who were culturally and socially very different from himself. He was energized by his community and the chance to work with diverse teammates. As he grew and developed his practice, David drew from his college experience to conceptualize architecture as a physical framework in which everyone can feel welcomed and engaged.

Since the 90s, David has helped colleges and universities transform their dorms into residence halls, repositioning a once-mundane project type into an active, mixed-use hub of student success. To him, each project is an opportunity to create a tailored solution that is specific to a campus’ culture and mission. David’s evolving and inventive work has solidified his status as a recognized national leader on the forefront of residential and student life.

A Designer's Tale
Early in his career, David took a month-long vacation to Spain. Halfway through his trip, the shutter of his Pentax abruptly stopped working. With nothing but an unlined journal and a couple of pens, David decided to document the rest of his journey via sketch.

It’s a ritual he has repeated on each and every vacation since. His sketchbooks now hold a medley of architectural destinations, street vignettes, and dinner scenes. At the end of each year, David selects his favorite to create a holiday card for friends and family–a tradition he’s kept for over 30 years.

David's Featured Work

Keene State College Living and Learning Commons
Keene, New Hampshire
Colorado State University Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, Colorado
Wentworth Institute of Technology Schumann Library and Learning Commons
Boston, Massachusetts
University of British Columbia Orchard Commons
Vancouver, British Columbia
University of Massachusetts Lowell University Crossing
Lowell, Massachusetts
UC Law San Francisco The Academe at 198
San Francisco, California
Eastern Washington University, Pence Union Building
Cheney, Washington
University of Victoria Student Housing and Dining
Victoria, British Columbia
Large stairs with bright colored shadows casting across the floor
University of Alaska Fairbanks Wood Center Expansion and Renovation
Fairbanks, Alaska