David Kelman has over 10 years of experience designing a broad range of architecture and planning projects. David has utilized his talents as designer, technical architect, and manager to positively affect large scale projects that improve the life of cities and their people. He believes that truly great architecture balances breathtaking design, with visionary functionality, and an active stewardship of the environment. David’s dedication to fully realizing these ideals, while responding the individual needs of each client is what has defined his projects around the world.
Prior to joining MANICA Architecture, David began his career as a Designer at HOK Sport Venue and Event (now Populous), where he made large contributions in designing world class stadia, arenas and convention centers. His experience ranged from early concept design through construction documentation on major facilities, including Amway Center in Orlando, FL; Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena in Beijing, China; Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL; and Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. While there, he helped realize well over 1 billion dollars worth of construction worldwide.
In addition to his contributions at HOK, David honed his technical and management skills with Lickel Architecture. While there, David led a team in creating innovative approaches toward reinvention of the cinema experience and while maximizing profitability. He was also responsible for designing and certifying the Midwest's first LEED Certified Silver cinema in suburban Chicago - a project that has changed the industry's approach to sustainability.
As a Director at MANICA Architecture, David has led the design and documentation of projects big and small, including one of the largest and most complicated sports projects in Europe. Located in Moscow, Russia, the mixed-use arena, stadium, and retail center represents a truly revolutionary approach to stadium design, stacking both outdoor and indoor sport and entertainment venues atop a shopping center. The concept results in minimal land use in a congested urban site and highly activated site 365 days a year. He led the design and construction of MANICA Architecture’s new headquarters in Kansas City and is currently involved in the design of the new arena for the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco.
David has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas where he graduated having received multiple awards and fellowships. He periodically returns to campus as a guest critic for the young architecture students. He holds active licenses as an architect in the states of Missouri, and Kansas. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB), is a certified Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), and is an accredited LEED professional in sustainable design (LEED AP BD+C).
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