ELS Welcomes New Director of Mixed-Use Practice

by: Diana Banh | June 22, 2016

ELS Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to welcome David Masenten, AIA, LEED AP BD+C as our new Director of Mixed-Use Practice.

David brings over 15 years of experience and management to ELS’ growing mixed-use portfolio. His strong background in urban design and experience with a wide range of project types fit in well with a diverse ELS portfolio that emphasizes quality public spaces and buildings that enliven their surroundings.

He has extensive experience designing large multi-use projects that incorporate the best green practices, including high-rise residential and commercial projects, large-scale urban master planning and urban design, corporate interiors for international companies, and town planning and commercial tenant fit-outs for national retailers. He has worked on numerous complex projects involving lengthy and challenging approvals requiring political outreach and public sensitivity. He has also worked strategically with developers to create economic strategies for long-range planning scenarios.

David joins ELS after nine years as a Senior Associate at Heller Manus Architects in San Francisco, where he worked extensively on entitling complex mixed-use high-rise projects in San Francisco, as well as managing master planning and urban design projects in cities across China, including Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shanghai. David managed the planning approvals process for the first LEED ND-Platinum (Stage 1) project in the world, the Emeryville Marketplace, and helped lead the 15.5-square-mile Guangzhou South Axis master plan, a redesign of the city’s southern center which is currently under construction.

A registered architect and LEED accredited professional, David is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, and holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.