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David Goodale Architect AIA Pasadena
Studio Goodale Architecture Planning

ABOUT

Early days and influences:

WHY I PRACTICE ARCHITECTURE

 

An 8-year, mostly self-structured arc at the University of Michigan combined a Master of Architecture with studies in phenomenology, history, literature, and film.  An advocate for universal liberal arts education, David finds the networked threads of parallel study continuous companions in both citizenship and profession.

These threads also contributed to a view that architecture and urban planning are frivolous pursuits if not joined to visions of radical political and social change, both critically analytical - 

A HALF-CENTURY OF CRISIS

- and constructive - 

JUST ENOUGH FOR THE CITY

David came to Los Angeles in pursuit of architectural practice that would contribute to public institutions and public life - which almost every building typology, save prisons and single-family houses, can potentially offer.  Apprenticing in a range of firms - Gruen, Arthur Erickson Architects, WZMH, and Luckman Associates - David developed skills and leadership in the full spectrum of architectural services, including documentation and construction contract administration. 

 

His most sustained and productive practice to date was at Gonzalez Goodale Architects, where he was, successively, Design Director and Design Partner from 1990 to 2017.  He left amicably in August, 2017 to develop a design practice focused on select projects, personally attended from start to finish.

Contractually committed to a period of dormancy, in the months leading up to his May 15, 2018 practice opening, David spent that time honing his education and skill-sets, engaging in national | international competitions, (winning 3rd award in the Vancouver | Urbanarium Missing Middle Housing Competition), and occasionally taking notes:  (RUMINATION)

To gain an initial idea of what a working relationship with Goodale Architecture Planning might be like:

WORKING TOGETHER

 

David's avocations include a continuing interest in literature and film, and amateur practices in classical piano and Iyengar yoga.