OSD is a group of interdisciplinary designers seeking a future that dignifies the everyday lives of diverse communities, and ensures the future of our planet.
OSD specializes in resilient urban communities, investigating new hybrids of technology and natural systems, and combining traditional design disciplines in order to create integrated and holistic built environment. As part of this, OSD works with urban design, public space, master planning, community engagement, coastal and upland flood protection, and offers architectural design services, full-service landscape architecture and urban design.
Simon David, Founder & Principal, has 15 years experience practicing in New York City, Los Angeles and Thailand. In New York City, Simon was Project Leader at Bjarke Ingels Group for Phase 1 of the BIG U (ESCR), a $1.4 Billion, 2.5 mile coastal resiliency project for the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He also worked with MVVA as Senior Project Manager on projects such as Brooklyn Bridge Park and Tulsa Gathering Place, and NBW, where he was the project designer for the winning competition design for the Hudson Yards Open Space - the world's largest private development, and a major nexus of open space that redefines the West side of Manhattan.
Simon is a trained Architect, Professional Landscape Architect, and holds a Bachelors in Philosophy and Mathematics. His work has been recognized by national awards and competitions. In 2011, he was awarded the Gabriel Prize by Western European Architectural Foundation. Simon has been a design critic on juries at Columbia University, Cornell, the University of Virginia, Penn State, Parsons, CUNY, and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Simon lectures and writes about resiliency and urban public space, and his work has been exhibited internationally. At the City College of New York, and the architecture program at Parsons, Simon teaches studios on Urban Development + Climate Change, and a seminar on the Future of Mobility + Urban Communities.
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