Professional Practice

After earning his MArch degree in 2014, David Cole spent the next two years as a critical member of diverse project teams for several high-end residential and commercial projects, including interior design for a luxury rental high rise at Hudson Yards and construction administration for Sony USA’s new headquarters in a landmark Art Deco office building facing Manhattan’s Madison Square Park.

In 2016, David relocated to Seattle and became a Project Architect at Mahlum Architects, one of the leading firms in the Pacific Northwest and recipient of the 2014 Firm Award from the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region. During his time at Mahlum, David has been responsible for daily design, client and consultant coordination, production, and construction administration on several educational and healthcare projects throughout Washington and Oregon, including a new corporate campus and several standalone clinics for Northwest Kidney Centers.

In addition to his regular employment, David has been a freelance writer for The StrangerMetropolis, and Streetsblog Chicago on matters regarding architecture, urban design, housing, land use, and public transit. Heavily influenced by daily newspaper columnists like Mike Royko and Lewis Grizzard, David is known for his witty, irreverent writing style that distills what can often be dry, technical topics into approachable commentary for a general audience.