David Meckel

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San Francisco, CA

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David Meckel is a licensed architect and arts educator who began his career working with Charles and Ray Eames in their Venice, California studio. A few years later David Meckel directed all of the design work for the 1984 Olympics, which Time Magazine declared “Not just the year’s, but surely the decade’s most glittering and effective demonstration of the power of creative design.”

While in Los Angeles, David Meckel co-founded the Interior Architecture program at Otis Art Institute with TED Conference creator Richard Saul Wurman. He relocated to the bay area to found the California College of the Arts architecture program in 1986. CCA’s San Francisco campus, a 150,000 square-foot solar-heated facility, was named one of the Top Ten Green Buildings in the United States on Earth Day 2001. From 1987-1997, David collaborated with graphic designer Michael Manwaring through their multidisciplinary design firm, Ei, to create public-realm projects in Rotterdam, Los Angeles, and Taipei. He was chosen as one of ID Magazine’s “ID Forty” Design and Technology Innovators in 1997 and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1998. 

For the past 20 years David Meckel has been a professional advisor for design competitions and architect selections for cultural and educational institutions. He’s been deeply involved with SFMOMA running both their Rooftop Sculpture Garden Competition and directing the process for selecting their building expansion architect, Snohetta.

Find out more about David Meckel's work with California College of the Arts

Connect with him on Twitter: @davidmeckel

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