Education and Early Career

David Cole began his formal architectural studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1995, completing introductory design studios and general education requirements while employed part-time at the Chicago office of Perkins & Will. After several years of employment at leading firms on the east coast, he returned to Chicago and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at DePaul University‘s School for New Learning, a self-directed program for nontraditional adult students.

In 2007, David moved to New York to enroll in the summer architecture studio at Columbia University and worked on a number of transit, civic, and corporate projects at Dattner Architects over the following years before beginning his professional Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree at the University of Cincinnati in 2010.

David earned his MArch degree in 2014 from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning while alternating semesters between full-time studies on campus and full-time co-op placements at Moore Ruble Yudell, STUDIOS Architecture, and local firms in Cincinnati. Consistently ranked as one of the world’s top design schools, the University of Cincinnati embraces a hands-on “learn by doing” ethos that David has practiced throughout his career.