David Mar has a wealth of experience in designing innovative structural systems. He advocates early collaboration with architects and contractors to provide clients with the most cost-efficient design solutions possible and he believes that the key to successful projects is striving to create holistic designs that optimize the architectural program and the structural performance. To these ends, his designs are often inventive and technically ingenious, and at the forefront of high-performance seismic and sustainable design. He has a keen interest in lean design and construction in set-based design and he actively applies those principles in all his work. His enthusiasm for innovation has fueled the expansion of his design repertoire from traditional steel, concrete, and wood construction to such materials as rammed earth, bamboo, straw bale, timber frame, and structural insulated panels.
David received his undergraduate and master's degrees from UC Berkeley. He has lectured at the engineering departments of UC Berkeley and Stanford University, and at the Lean Construction Institute. In 1998, David was honored with SEAONC's H.J. Brunnier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Structural Design for his retrofit design of San Francisco's Pacific Place.