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David Ari Kesler, AIA

Education

  • Columbia University
  • Master of Architecture, 1985
  • Pratt Institute
  • Bachelor of Architecture, 1981
  • Brandeis University
  • 1978
  • Certifications:
  • Registered Architect

Principal Professional Experience

  • David Kesler Architect
  • Principal & Owner
  • 2000-Present
  • Fee Munson Ebert Architecture + Design
  • 1998-1999
  • Vice President, San Francisco
  • Mancini Duffy Architects
  • 1997-1998
  • Design Director, San Francisco office
  • Phillips Janson Architects
  • 1996-1997
  • Design Manager/Senior Design Architect
  • The Hillier Group
  • 1993-1996
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects
  • 1990-1992
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Richard Meier and Partners Architects
  • 1986
  • Steven Holl Architects
  • 1983-1985

Computer Skills

  • Form Z, Photoshop, Autocad 2004

Major Accomplishments

  • Entertainment/Television
  • ZDTV
  • Two projects:
  • * 20,000 square foot wharehouse renovation for a new television station in San Francisco
  • * 100,000 square feet corporate office space
  • Design Director
  • Mancini Duffy Architects 1998
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $23 Million
  • MSNBC
  • 100,000 sf corporate headquarters for a new network, a partnership between Microsoft and NBC
  • Senior Design Architect/Project Designer
  • Phillips Janson 1996
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $23 Million
  • Bay News9
  • 20,000 sf Television News Facility in Tampa, Florida
  • Two new buildings for a Time Warner Subsidiary
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Phillips Janson 1996
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $2 Million

Corporate/Research and Development

  • Certco International

  • 23,000 sf at 55 Water Street for a banking software company
  • Senior Design Architect/Project Designer
  • Phillips Janson 1996
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $3 Million
  • GKN Securities
  • 23,000 sf for a Wall Street securities firm
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Phillips Janson 1996
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $3 Million
  • DKNY
  • 100,000 sf distribution facilities building
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Phillips Janson 1996
  • Estimated Construction Cost: $23 Million
  • General Instrument Corporation
  • Hatboro, PA
  • Phased design of 500,000 sf of office space and flex office space in 5 new buildings
  • The Hillier Group 1995
  • Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical Company Wilmington, DE

  • 140,000 sf wet chemistry laboratory building
  • The Hillier Group, 1994
  • Completion: June 1995
  • Budget: $50,000,000
  • SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals

  • Science Complex No.1
  • London England
  • 400,000 sf laboratory building
  • The Hillier Group, 1994
  • France Telecom
  • New York, NY (Rockefeler Center)
  • 14,000 sf corporate offices
  • Budget: $2,000,000
  • Completion: June 1991
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects
  • Polygram Holding

  • New York, NY (World Financial Center)
  • 3,000 sf executive offices
  • Budget: $2,000,000
  • Completion: June 1991
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects
  • Residential
  • Housing at Evry, New Town, France
  • 200,000 sf public housing
  • Completion: 1989
  • Henri Ciriani Architect
  • Brian Kaye Design
  • The Lee Apartment, New York, N.Y.
  • 3,000 sf Private Residence
  • $250,000
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Thierry Despont Architect
  • 9 East 71st Street, New York, NY
  • 35,000 sf Townhouse
  • Budget: $26,000,000
  • Completion: 1989
  • Cultural
  • The City Hall of The Hague, Holland
  • 500,000 sf city center and arts complex
  • Completion: June 1995
  • Richard Meier and Partners Architects
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • 100,000 sf Performing Arts Center
  • Completion: 1988
  • Eisenman Robertson Architects
  • Parc Du La Villette, Paris, France
  • A public park on the outskirts of Paris
  • Completion: 1991
  • Bernard Tschumi Architect
  • Health Care
  • The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • 75,000 sf laboratory and treatment building
  • Senior Design Architect
  • Budget: $23,000,000
  • Completion: June 1996
  • (with the Hillier Group)

Publications and Awards

  • Dog-haus Oakland Museum Competition

  • Finalist
  • The Spice Box
  • Finalist. Chicago's Spertus Museum's biannual international competition
  • for the design of Judaic objects.
  • Interplan 1995
  • Interior Design Trade Show, New York, N.Y. The Lee Apartment; Voted One
  • of The Best Interiors of The 1990's.
  • The Seder Plate
  • $10,000 First Prize For a modernist "Seder Plate" designed for an invited
  • international competition sponsored by the Spertus Institute in Chicago.
  • Exhibited and marketed internationally as of October 1996.
  • Light Interpretations
  • Catalogue for an exhibition of Hanukkah Menorahs; Winning Design for a
  • candelabra exhibited internationally with other winning entries as the result
  • of a competition sponsored by The Spertus Museum in Chicago, 1995
  • Spertus Museum, Ceremonial Art Finalist,
  • 1994 International Exhibit.
  • Senior Editor Precis 6, The Journal of the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning of Columbia University 1986
  • Graham Foundation Grant for the Publication of Precis 6.
  • Architectural Record, September 1989;
  • Four book reviews: Stanley Tigerman's Architecture and Exile,
  • Anthony Ames Five Houses, George Ranalli's Buildings and Projects, Bernard
  • Tschumi's Cinegrame Folie Parc Du La Villette.

Proposals for the DMZ

  • Project for the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea,
  • Exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture, November 22 to December 22, 1988;
  • Exhibit and Catalogue, Published in Spring 1989.
  • Progressive Architecture, November 1988, Book Review of James Wines' DeArchitecture.
  • Polygram Holding, winner of Best Corporate Interior from the International
  • Business Association 1991. Published in Interior Design Magazine and
  • other magazines, 1991.
  • The Limits of Chaos Article by Joseph Giovannini on the work of David Ari
  • Kesler and others. Published in The New York Times, Home Section,
  • February 4, 1988, by Joseph Giovannini.
  • Pittsburgh Affordable Housing Competition Merit Award, 1992.
  • Peace Park Competition, Washington D.C. September 1989; Award for Conceptual Merit.
  • Young Architects Award and Exhibition, 1987
  • The Architectural League of New York, exhibition and publication.

Teaching Experience

  • Diablo Valley College
  • Fall 2001 - Present
  • U.C. Berkeley Extension
  • Summer 1998, Fall 1999
  • Parsons School of Design
  • Adjunct Professor of Architectural Theory 1989
  • Columbia University
  • Teaching assistant to Kenneth Frampton in History & Theory, 1983-85

Selected Competitions

  • City Center for Taichung, Taiwan 1995
  • 1,000,000 sf of government offices; master plan and architectural design (#34 out of 160 entries)
  • City Center for Samarkand, Uzbekastan 1995
  • 1,000,000 sf government offices; master plan and architectural design
  • West Coast Gateway Competition, July 1988
  • Exhibited at the Urban Center in May 1989
  • David Kesler is also an award-winning industrial designer, musician and watercolorist.