David Montalba, AIA, LEED AP

 
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Born in Florence, Italy, and raised in both Switzerland and California, David earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and completed his Master of Architecture at UCLA. His diverse background as an architect includes over 22 years of professional practice with architecture firms in the United States and Europe. He started Montalba Architects, Inc., in 2004. David’s work has been recognized in various publications and with numerous awards, including the AIA’s National Young Architect Award in 2008, a 2010 AIA Institute Honor Award, and over 25 other design awards in the past 15 years.

As Founding Principal of Montalba Architects, Inc., David is acting design principal on each project. Believing that architecture can improve quality of life, his is a humanistic approach, which leads to solutions that are contextual as well as conceptual and visionary in their intent, effect, and appeal. His project typology expertise varies from single-family homes and high-fashion boutiques to intimate restaurants and large-scale airport terminals.

Academic activities and community involvement are integral to David’s practice, as reflected in his participation in several architecture programs and institutions, including  UCLA’s Graduate School of Architecture, where he teaches as an adjunct professor. He has served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as an advisor to the AIA/LA’s Academic Outreach and 2x8 Exhibition Committees. David has also served as a Board Member of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. He is a registered member of NCARB and a licensed architect in the states of California, Florida, Wyoming, Nevada, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York.

The Team

 
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Michael Knopoff, AIA - Principal
Nathaniel Kean - Principal
Nuno Ravara - Principal
Akiko Suzuki, RA - Associate Principal
Greg Stutheit, RA - Associate Principal
Lori Marmolejo, RA - Associate Principal
Alix Schir - Associate Principal
Alex Kith - Associate
Amanda Webber, RA - Associate
Josh Russell - Associate
Jordan Bartlet - Associate
Jose Diaz - Associate
Jennifer Loesche - Associate
Alexandre Salice, RA - Associate
Juliet Hsieh - Associate
Jonathan Handzo, RA - Associate
Lisa Adler - Director of Human Resources
Huwayda Fakhry - Director of Communications
Kelly Crabb - Director of Operations
Amy Van Pelt - Director of Finance
Blake Hussey - Senior Designer
Gregg Oelker - Senior Designer
Jonathan Nadel - Senior Designer
Caroline Kang - Senior Designer
Stella Choi - Senior Designer
Cillian Magee - Senior Designer
Derek Buell - Designer
Steven Stepien - Designer
Lauren Rice - Designer
Steven Katz - Designer
Eddie Winn - Designer
Marco Aguilera - Designer
Mafalda Sacadura Botte - Architect
Vicente Shum - Designer
Karen Wang - Designer
Jamie Kleine - Designer
Kyle Engoian - Designer
Robert McLaughlin - Designer
Carson Hall - Designer
Martin Byrne - Designer
Kandy Chang - Designer
Carole Merillat - Designer
Haelee Jung - Designer
Stephanie Roux - Architect
Lucia Bentue - Architect
Pedro Maiurano - Intern
Gregory Tache - Intern
Cindy Bartl - Intern
Jakob Brinkmann - Intern
Francisco Valdayo - Intern
Jacob Sertich - Materials Coordinator / Intern
Mary McKelvie - Executive Assistant
Larissa Corso - Senior Studio Manager
Amy Montalba - Studio Finance
Alexandria Fernandez - Studio Administrative Assistant
Ayla Tissot - Studio Administrative Assistant