David Taber

 

Education

Registered Architect #10892, State of Washington, 2014

Registered Architect #024890, State of New York, 1994

M.A. Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1992

B.S. Architecture, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1988

State University of New York at Alfred, 1986

 

Employment

Neiman Taber Architects, Principal: 2012 - Present

Taber Studio, 2005-2012

Gluckman Mayner Architects, 1999-2005

Mitchell/Giurgola Architects, 1995-1999

Fellows/Martinez Architects, 1993-1995

Robert Eggleston Architects, 1988-1990

SELECTED PROJECT EXPERIENCE

Single Family Residential

  • Loholt Residence:  219 Lake Avenue Blvd Seattle, WA2015-Present

1,500 SF addition to a 1970’s single story home

  • Villa Apartments Addition:  938 10th Ave E Seattle, WA2014-Present

Two unit, 1,600 SF 3rd floor addition to a two story multi-family apartment building

  • Strong Run Development:  10202 Rainier Ave Seattle, WA2013–Present

Three new single family waterfront residences with shared beach and docks

  • Haberzetle Cabin:  Orcas Island San Juan County, WA2013 – Present

Two story 2,800 SF cabin on a 5 acre waterfront property at the north end of Orcas Island

  • Beach Drive Residence:  West Seattle, WA2014             

This 2,800 SF two story home is located on a long, narrow waterfront property overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain range.  The open plan of the Kitchen/Living/Dining on the main level maximized water views, with large sliding glass doors and open up to a partially covered mahogany deck. 

-          5 Star Built Green Certified

-          Winner of the NW Green Home Tour 2014 “Visitor’s Favorite” Award

  •  Limpe Residence:  Greenwich, CT2012

A gut renovation and addition to a 5,000 SF 1903 Mediterranean style home overlooking Indian Harbor and Long Island Sound.  The design focused on re-directing the orientation of the interior outwards while creating a new string of exterior spaces to further entice inhabitants towards the water.  Both interiors and exteriors were re-interpreted while maintaining the original grandeur of the home.

  • Lewis Residence:  Saratoga Springs, NY 2011

Modern two story addition to small, traditional early 1930’s cottage

  • Hotchkiss/Kobori Residence:  Saratoga Springs, NY2008

A new, 2,800SF modern home on a rural 16 acre wooded property

  • Sanger Cottage:  Montauk Association, Montauk NY2006

Renovation and addition to a historic cottage originally designed by McKim, Meade and White in the early 1880’s

  • Benton Residence:  Bridgehampton, NY2006

This gut renovation transformed a traditional 1930’s summer retreat into a modern year round residence.  With a secluded property overlooking Georgica Pond and the Atlantic, an open floor plan was created by removing walls and introducing sliding wood/frosted glass pocket doors to maximize views, natural light and flow.  Original details were reduced to complement the more modern interior vocabulary. 

  • Noguchi Sculpture Garden Pavilion:  Bridgehampton, NY  2005

Inspired by the purchase of 11 Isamu Noguchi stone sculptures, this pavilion was commissioned to mark the entry of a new minimalist garden for viewing the new acquisitions. The 800 SF open-air wood structure was constructed using traditional Japanese joinery.  The cantilevered, terrazzo ground-concrete slab contains discreet, custom light fixtures that illuminate the frosted glass roof.  Stainless steel column bases, rafter caps and a rain gutter were delicately        introduced to complement the integrity and beauty of the wood.

-          Winner of the AIA-New York Design Merit Award 2005

  •  Deforest Cottage:  Montauk Association, Montauk, NY2004

Renovation to a historic cottage originally designed by McKim, Meade and White in the early 1880’s

  • Beach House Restoration:  Montauk, New York 2003

After several unfortunate renovations to this historic weekend retreat, new ownership sought to restore the 1960's Peter Blake design back to its original splendor.  The new design will once again express the simplicity of the building structure and incorporate expansive fixed and sliding glass panels.  Two small guest bedrooms replace the original carport and a portion of the existing deck will accommodate a small dining area and powder room.  

  • Pinault Apartment:  515 Park Avenue New York, NY2002

An elliptical steel staircase became one of many distinguishing design elements in this art collector's spacious Manhattan apartment.  White plaster walls serve as a backdrop to the   sculptural staircase and the extensive contemporary art collection.  The interior partitions were held off the exterior walls to maintain sight lines from one end of the residence to the other, while further inviting views out on all four sides of the 14st and 42sn floors of the penthouse.  

Institutional & Commercial

  • Bruce Weber Photography Studio and Archive loft:  New York, NY2011

A 10,000 SF renovation within an existing concrete industrial building in SOHO, containing a photography studio, equipment storage, model lounge, workspace and an environmentally controlled space for book, photo and exhibition storage.  Finishes consist of unfinished concrete floors and ceilings, white painted walls and columns, clear coated hollow metal doors and frames, and unfinished cast iron radiators.

  • NOMAD at the Tang Museum Skidmore College Saratoga Spring, NY2008

A collaboration with NYC artist Fred Wilson for a custom furniture and art display system. NOMAD is a modular, mobile environment to be used as a complement to the exhibitions on view, and will also make The Tang a regular destination for the Skidmore community beyond openings, lectures and class visits.  NOMAD can remain ‘crated’ and left on display as a piece of sculptural or can be ‘uncrated’ and reconfigured to suit different areas in the museum. It  includes seating, tables, book display, computers, monitors, 2D and 3D art storage and display space and an espresso bar.        

  • Kobo Candles Showroom and Café Schuylerville, NY 2006

A 750 SF storefront renovation within a 1900’s Masonic Lodge building.  The café occupied the center of the storefront space while thickened perimeter walls created display niches for the candles.  After a coffee or snack at the café, visitors would be invited to tour of  the well-preserved lodge and witness the candle production process.     

  • PS192 Elementary School Library New York, NY  2005

 This project was 1 of 56 elementary schools included in the Robin Hood Foundation Library Initiative program targeting schools in high poverty neighborhoods.  The 2,400 SF library fit-out    was carved out from 2 existing classrooms.  Direct access to an existing courtyard inspired the selection of environmentally friendly finishes, including grass green carpet tiles, wheat board millwork, sky/cloud wall and ceiling graphic wallpaper and custom birds in flight  light fixtures.    

-          Winner of the AIA American Library Association Library Buildings Award 2007

  • Front Street Galleries:  111 Front Street, (DUMBO) Brooklyn, NY2005

David Walentas, founder of DUMBO and Two Trees Management Company sought to create an  art gallery destination within his new Brooklyn neighborhood.  The program consisted of a 12,000 SF second floor master plan for 14 galleries and 1st floor gallery storefront entry.  By carving out a brightly colored double height space within regimented, massive 10 story concrete warehouse facade, first time visitors could locate the entry from either end of the long, narrow  cobblestone street.

  • Washington Street Condos:  70 Washington Street (DUMBO) Brooklyn, NY2004

Assisted Two Trees Management Company in the fit-out for the condo units, designing and specifyingbathroom and kitchen layouts, interior finishes, plumbing and lighting fixtures, doors and door hardware and hot water heating elements 

  • The Standard Hotel:  New York, NY2001 (unbuilt) 

A new 12 story, 140 room boutique hotel in Lower Manhattan containing lounges, conference   rooms and a rooftop restaurant and bar.  Each room was to be sculpted from continuous, free-forming solid surface material, forming built-in furniture, closets and bathrooms while the  beds were built within the curtain wall system, which overlook the city heightening the visitor’s experience of New York.  The project was terminated after 9/11 and was later reconceived as luxury condominiums.

  • Hortense Powdermaker Hall Queens College, NY  1999

214,000 SF gut renovation of a 1960’s concrete framed classroom office building 

  • Mathematics Building:  State University of New York at Buffalo, NY1998

34,000 SF Classroom Office Building

  • Marsh and McClennan Companies:  Avenue of the Americas New York, NY  1995

A 18,000 SF Ground Floor Lobby and Courtyard Renovation

  • Stribling & Associates, LTD:  Madison Avenue  New York, NY1995

7,000 SF Lobby and Real Estate office renovation within an old Madison Avenue brownstone