ELS Celebrates David Petta’s Career
On November 10, 2016, ELS family and friends celebrated David Petta’s 36-year career with a surprise retirement party at Dona Tomas in Oakland.
Since joining ELS in 1980, David has worked on most of ELS’s education, recreational and wellness projects. He has sought out opportunities to create interactive social environments in a diverse, sustainable urban context. His specific areas of concentration have been in the design of public realm spaces related to education, recreation and aquatics, community, and commercial in downtown and campus settings. David’s projects have been honored with one National AIA Design Award and six California Council AIA Design Awards, including three for the design of aquatics and recreation projects and three for design of schools.
David’s work has provided spaces with multi-use potential: recreation centers that serve as council chambers; retail centers that make a town square; and schoolyards that become a village green. These projects have been shaped by many individuals working together, addressing the specific needs of each user group, and have provided dynamic public space that in turn shapes the community. Through an inclusive, collaborative process that creates inviting, lively and thoughtful public spaces, David has elevated the design of schools, gyms and retail centers. He has built community through exceptional architecture in unexpected, everyday settings.
Congratulations, David! We’ve been lucky to have your mentorship and support at ELS.