Faculty / School of Architecture

David Pearson

Adjunct Faculty

David is a founder and lead architect of PALO. His sensibility and strategies derive from a rigorous and creatively exhaustive interpretation of the relationship between site, performance, construction and culture. He sees disparate and wide ranging sources as a way to build complex meaningful relationships that engage local conditions with a global perspective.

He is a regular Woodbury studio professor and has taught at universities in Boston and California and served on juries at Cal Poly SLO and MIT, among others.

He received his Master in Architecture II from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. At Harvard he was awarded a Harvard University Sustainability Grant and along with Mikaela Pearson received a Penny White research grant. He was a VIP resident at Harvard’s Innovation Lab and received a Mini-MBA from Harvard’s Business School. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo cum laude and studied at Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura in Madrid, Spain.

Prior to forming PALO he worked in Boston and San Diego for a wide range of successful firms from a design build firm as studio lead to Gensler, Estudio Teddy Cruz and to Safdie Rabines as a project architect specializing in the design and development of theaters and lecture halls.


Master in Architecture II, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Architecture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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