Profile

David Christensen, AIA

Principal,
Christensen Design Management

Contact Details

Christensen Design Management
Bellingham, WA

Bio

David E. Christensen AIA, LEED AP, has been involved in the design and planning of small and large scale retail, residential, resort, institutional and commercial projects for over 38 years. Experience prior to starting CDM includes Architectural Design with Wimberly Allison, Tong & Goo (WATG one of the largest Resort Hotel design firms in the world) for mixed use resort and retail projects throughout the Pacific Basin for Hyatt, Sheraton and Hilton, among others. Additionally, experience with Callison Architecture (One of the largest retail design firms in the world), provided planning expertise for Corporate Office, Industrial Parks & Retail Environments including Regional Malls, Nordstrom stores and various national chain stores. CDM is currently masterplanning mixed use residential master planned communities and Urban Villages throughout the Northwest.

Design and Planning experience was paired with development management skills when Mr. Christensen was Vice President of Development for Trillium Corporation. This balanced his master planning skills with the realities of marketing and financial feasibilities. He has received over 40 national and regional design awards and is an active member of
the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, National Association of Homebuilders, Congress for New Urbanism and the American Planning Association.

Mr. Christensen has developed a national reputation and specialty in providing over 120 fast “Design Charrette” services for private & public clients. This process produces concept master plans and prototype building plans adequate to determine project scope and approximate development costs in an intensive, 2-5 day time period. This is especially valuable during short purchase option periods or capital planning to determine project feasibility, scope and budget.

Charrettes are also a valuable tool to involve many leaders, stakeholders and users in the in a “participatory” and collaborative process. This leads to an educated awareness of input of users for a better, more productive atmosphere…and faster buy-in by all..

Specialties

  • Agency Consulting / Review / Approval
  • Architectural Design
  • Detailed Site Utilization Studies
  • Programming
  • Site Analysis and Selection
  • Site Development Planning
  • Space Planning
  • Space Schematics / Flow Diagrams
  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • Urban Design Services

Affiliations

  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Congress for New Urbanism, National Trust for Historic Preservation, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, National Charrette Institute