With more than 20 years of experience, David Ottavio is a seasoned architect and technology expert in the programming, planning, and design, especially of educational and institutional buildings. Working closely with clients and user groups, he develops state-of-the-art instructional spaces and innovative collaboration environments, which foster a sense of community and identity. He is highly adept and experienced at managing all of the intricacies of campus projects and cost control and management issues.
David has managed the design and construction of several business schools throughout the country, including Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, McCord Hall at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Jon M. Huntsman Hall for the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. School of Business at Florida International University in Miami. He has also been involved in several studies for university business schools, including a master planning study for the Gatton College of Business at the University of Kentucky and a study for the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. At Morgan State University, he led a complicated expansion of their Business and Management Center, ensuring the alignment of architectural aspirations and the university’s budget goals, while maintaining the fulfillment of a diverse program.
David also acted as the Project Manager of 75 Rockefeller Plaza, the recent repositioning of an outdated, landmarked office building. The building will open in 2017 and house office spaces for major companies such as Bank of America and American Girl Doll.
Additional academic projects that David has been involved in are the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law and the Newman Vertical Campus at CUNY’s Baruch College.