OSD | Outside is a group of interdisciplinary designers and strategic thinkers actively working to create a future that ensures the health of our planet while dignifying the everyday lives of diverse communities.
OSD specializes in resilient urban communities, investigating new hybrids of technology and natural systems. OSD works within the realm of urban design, landscape architecture, and architectural design. Our designs focus on public space, master planning, community engagement, coastal and upland flood protection, and mobility.
The extensive experience of the core team means that OSD is engaged with a network of innovative and diverse professionals - engineers, ecologists, artists, economists and developers - to ask what kind of social and ecological environments we need, and how emerging technologies can actively serve the interests of our everyday lives and our natural worlds.
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 Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates 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.
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 national Gabriel Prize by Western European Architectural Foundation. Simon lectures and writes about resiliency and urban public space, and his work has been exhibited internationally. Simon teaches studios on Urban Development + Climate Change, and a seminar on the Future of Mobility + Urban Communities.. Simon is a regular a design critic on juries at Columbia University, Cornell, the University of Virginia, Penn State, Parsons, CUNY, and Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Christopher Gates, Principal & Technical Director, has designed and managed a wide range of projects in fourteen years of practice, from residential gardens to public parks and university campuses. The construction budgets for these projects reflect similar scales - from tens of thousands to hundreds of millions of dollars. Chris has led large teams of design consultants, including architects, engineers, ecologists, urban designers, soil experts, hydrologists, and builders.
Prior to joining OSD, Chris was Associate Principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, where he led a team of 19 consultants on the design and construction oversight of the $220 Million Gathering Place in Tulsa Oklahoma. The Gathering Place is a new park for the city of Tulsa on the edge of the Arkansas river that included land bridges, realigned bike, car and pedestrian routes, wetland gardens, outdoor eating spaces, ecological restoration, stone gardens, playgrounds, pedestrian bridges, open lawns, park buildings, and other and active recreation programs including skate parks, BMX courses and multi-use sport courts.
Chris has been a visiting critic and lecturer at the University of Connecticut, University of Nebraska School of Architecture and at the Morris Arboretum at University of Pennsylvania. Chris is a licensed landscape architect in the State of New York. Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Connecticut, where he earned the CTASLA Honor Award for design and technical coursework. He received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.
Selected clients + collaborators
250 W. Broadway, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013