David McCullough, AIA, PE

Principal / Senior Lab Planner 202.909.4900

Areas of Expertise

David has over 25 years of science facility design experience with a passion for enabling complete research environments that extend well beyond the lab bench. Over his career he has collaborated with many leading designers to shape world-class science facilities. A skilled communicator, David excels at conceptual planning and programming and is an effective facilitator of a design process, translating abstract ideas into clear statements and ultimately into plans that perform.
David’s project experience ranges from life sciences to aerospace engineering and product development.  He has been a participant in the growth of the Kendall Square area of Cambridge as a lab planner for multiple projects at MIT, as well as projects for many other institutions such as Brown University, Johns Hopkins, Virginia Tech, the SUNY system, and leading technology companies and national laboratories. 
David has also been a leader in developing STEM learning environments.  Just as in research labs if not more so, it is essential that STEM labs are responsive to the context of campus and support a meaningful sense of inclusiveness and respect.  David has worked with architects to achieve exemplary learning environments, such as the Greer Environmental Sciences Center at Virginia Wesleyan University, the transformation of the undergraduate biology in Derring Hall at Virginia Tech, or a re-envisioned Dana Hall at Hollins University.
David is sensitive to the economics of building science facilities and is a strong proponent of cost-effective buildings that are efficiently occupied and economically supported. Recent projects include several commercial R&D labs for confidential clients requiring ISO 6 clean room spaces & advanced machining & reliability testing or BSL-3 labs for major medical research centers.  David believes that even the most technical lab spaces do not exist in a vacuum.  In the best projects, these spaces are part of a holistic design that meets owner and user aspirations at many levels.