Summer Design Studio 2022

David Curtis, principal at Pi-Des, leads a studio this Summer from Portland, OR.

An anticipated focus will be de-mountables.

Primitive Hut © 2022 Pi-Des

David shares some lessons learned from his 4 year development of Primitive Hut. There will likely be offshoots that focus on global just-in-time delivery system collapse responses, and 10-20 year pattern based projections that hope to best influence current design practice decisions.

The structure of the studio will be remote collaboration, and some on site work, if needed.

The Pi-Des studio is based in NE Portland, OR in the Summer, and Desert Center, CA in Winter.

Participating students may have introductory to advanced design experience, adequate sketching and or digital modeling ability. It is ok if you are a complete beginner, but you must be open to learning critical thinking, and design language.

David has 33 years of professional design experience, and is a graduate of the Knowlton School of Architecture. He has been in solo practice since 2007.

In addition to his architectural work, he has run several art galleries, most notably a four year stint with the former artist-run Contemporary Arts Collective in the Arts Factory, downtown Las Vegas, NV. He also founded Apparatus studio on Commerce street, and the David S Curtis studio where he was a gallerist.

David was a lead project architect for the Stubbins Associates on the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, and a Design Director for the design architect on the Nevada State Museum, Clark County, NV.

David typically initiates brainstorming sessions that grow into student led, community projects that David guides and mentors.

He has taught Community Design at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, Residential Architecture at The Community College of Southern Nevada, and Architecture at The Meadows School. He has been a guest critic at Parsons School of Design, and at UNLV. He was a Gallery Educator for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum.

For more information please contact David at Pi-Des studio, 971 331 9699 mobile, or email:

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