David Maestres

David Maestres

Principal
Associate ASLA + AIA

David Maestres, RELM Principal and Director of Design, enjoys an extensive background creating international public spaces. He champions landscapes that invite clients, and their respective cities, to reimagine the interplay between planning, policy, ecology, optimal site performance, and public enjoyment. David was trained in architecture and pivoted to landscape design, desiring to activate public realms that seamlessly integrate street and building edge conditions into a cohesive and beloved social environment. David’s command of contemporary academic theory along with his business acumen have led to a distinguished career. Since joining, David has led the studio in securing high profile commissions including: LAX’s new Consolidated Car Rental Facility, DGS’ New Natural Resources Headquarters Building in Sacramento, Crenshaw Crossing, and two multi-million dollar modernization efforts for LAUSD, Polytechnic High School in Sun Valley and John Burroughs Middle School in Los Angeles. As Director of Design, David looks to grow RELM’s expertise in 3D modeling, visual communications, and spatial design.  

Education

Master in Architecture with Distinction (MArch II), Harvard University Graduate School of Design, 2002

Professional Degree in Architecture, Universidad Simon Bolivar, 1997

‘Spatial and sensory experience are paramount for me. How people viscerally relate to the physical and natural environment is what drives me as a designer.’