Principal Profile and Resume Highlights

Principal Profile

David A. Santana


David A. Santana is a member of the American Institute of Architects; he is a LEED Accredited Professional and is familiar with CALGreen mandates.  As Sole Proprietor and Principal of dSantana - Arquitectura, David is involved with every aspect of his practice, and he provides clients with over 30 years of professional experience and expertise. 


He has designed and managed various project types including:

  • Single and multi-family residential

  • Custom residential additions and remodels

  • Industrial Research and Development 

  • Retail and master-planning

  • Professional office buildings

  • Out-patient medical clinics

  • Educational and Institutional 



Resume Highlights

David A. Santana - AIA, LEED AP, is a graduate from the architectural program at California State Polytechnic University Pomona, receiving his Bachelors in Architecture degree in 1983.  Shortly after graduating, he was hired by the Jerde Partnership to work on the UCLA venues for the 1984 Olympics taking place in Los Angeles, CA.  He crafted his skills and gathered valuable experience by working for several southern California architectural firms including Architects Orange and  CHCG Architects.  He obtained his architectural license (C21050) from the California Architects Board in 1990 and established his practice in 1991.


David has performed in various design and construction management capacities as a private practitioner or professional consultant including:

  •  Consultant for the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services Modernization Program

  • Project Manager on several projects for the University of Southern California (USC)

  • Construction Manager for the renovation of  the iconic Hollywood Bowl

  • Senior Project Manager for the rehabilitation of the City of Long Beach Public Safety Building and City jail

Preforming as a professional consultant for the Los Angeles Unified School District, (LAUSD), he served in several key management positions including:

  • Program Manager for Measure K - Existing Schools Modernization Program

  • Development Team Manager - New Schools Program for the Valley and South Regions

  • Senior Design Manager - New Schools Program - South Region

His responsibilities at LAUSD included; Project management, site evaluation, community meeting facilitator and designer for several school campuses


David has extensive experience with custom residential and residential additions and remodels including:

  • Eusibio Townhomes - Four unit townhome complex in Pomona, CA

  • Ramirez Residence - Second floor addition and remodel in Downey, CA

  • Padillis Residence - Master suite addition and remodel in Long Beach, CA

  • Olinda Residence - Complete single family remodel in La Habra, CA

  • Travers Residence - Second floor addition and remodel in New Port, Beach CA


Recently, David has has produced several design solutions for various non-profit organizations including:

  • Design and master-planning of a new school in Ghana, Africa for Yes We Serve

  • Master planning and design of a new prototype residential modular building for an orphanage in Mexicali, Mexico for Yes We Serve

  • Assisting Habitat for Humanity with designing several single family residences for low income families in Long Beach, CA


During his 30 year career, he has received many professional accolades and performance awards and is always eager to participate in solving the needs of all of his clients regardless of the size and complexity of their project.



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