David Orkand is director of Atelier DOA.
David returned to California to set up his architectural practice after having spent four years living in Tokyo as a Monbukagakusho Fellow in the Tsukamoto Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. During this time David worked with numerous Japanese architects, including Toyo Ito, SANAA, Atelier Bow-Wow, Junya Ishigami, and Go Hasegawa. David spent the two years prior to this living in Madrid, working for Mansilla+Tuñón Arquitectos.
David received his Master of Architecture and Graduate Certificate in Media and Modernity from the Princeton University School of Architecture, where he was awarded a Howard Crosby Butler Fellowship to conduct thesis research in Iceland. David studied at the Architectural Association in London and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class.
David has taught architecture and architectural theory at Princeton University, UC Berkeley, and California College of the Arts.