David Coon was born in Bethesda, Maryland in 1968. In 1992 he joined Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, located in New Haven, CT. He is presently an Associate Principal with the firm and has 25 years of experience practicing architecture with the firm. David has designed a wide range of buildings from twoers to academic buildings. He is a licensed architect in Connecticut and New York.
He received a Bachelor of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University in 1991.
Most recently, Mr. Coon was the project architect for Muromachi Chibagin Mitsui Building (Coredo Muromachi 3), a mixed-use tower in the Nihonbashi district of Tokyo. He was also the project architect for ARK Hills Sengokuyama Mori Tower, a 46-story mixed-use tower in Tokyo containing offices and apartments, accompanied by three-low-rise residential buildings. He was recently involved in the design of the Baosteel Guangzhou Tower, which will contain the regional offices of Baosteel as well as offices from corporate tenants in Guangzhou, China, and with Building 5 of Riverside Center, a residential development on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Earlier, he was the project architect for the Mandarin Oriental Shanghai, a proposed 38-story hotel and residential tower. In his first years at PCPA, he was a member of the design team for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.
Mr. Coon has also worked on a number of institutional projects. His work for higher education includes the St. Katherine Drexel Catholic Chapel at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, and the Thomas E. Golden Center, a student center connected to the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University. He was also the project architect for the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film, a classroom and performing arts building at Vassar College. He completed a feasibility study for a new natatorium to connect to Yale University’s historic Payne Whitney Gymnasium, and was a project architect for the Sidra Medical and Research Center, a 1.3-million-square-foot (120,800-square-meter) hospital and research facility in Doha, Qatar. He was also involved in the design of the new St. John’s Hall, a mathematics and science building at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Mr. Coon worked on one of four houses designed by the firm, a private residence in Livermore, California, set on 20 acres surrounded by vineyards.
Outside professional work, David is deeply involved in New Haven and has volunteered with several community organizations. He is the former PTA President and current middle school basketball coach at the public Worthington Hooker School, which his children attend. David is also a longtime volunteer for local arts organizations such as Artspace, the Ely Center of Contemporary Art and Intercambio.
David lives in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven and also volunteers for IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services).
David is married to Aicha Woods, also an architect, and they have two sons, Cody, 13, and Marlon, 11.