David McCullough, PE, RA, is a new principal in the firm’s Washington DC office specializing in laboratory programming, planning and design for academic, government and pharmaceutical clients. One of David’s key responsibilities at Page will be elevating and expanding Page’s dedicated laboratory planning and design services.
As both an engineer and an architect, David insists that “the science will drive the architecture” of the laboratory under design. All his projects share a characteristic recognition that science is a community endeavor and that all science buildings, whether learning labs for undergraduate students or research labs for Nobel Laureates, should fulfill their role as contributors to that remarkable community.
Examples of his work include laboratory planning and design for the Cell Sciences Institute at the University of Connecticut Health Science Center in Farmington, a project that won national Renovation of the Year Award from R&D Magazine.
David also played key roles in programming and planning for projects at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), including both the Brain and Cognitive Science project and the Koch Institute for Integrated Cancer Research. David continues to provide planning services to MIT on a regular basis for many of their specialized research facilities.
For the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School building in Houston, David led programming, planning and laboratory design for a 203,000 gsf addition that greatly expanded the capabilities of this important research institution. Another pivotal project was the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center, Building 40 in Bethesda, MD. The project required programming, laboratory planning, and laboratory design support and has been visited by two U.S. presidents. He has led numerous other specialized renovation projects for institutions such as Brown University and George Washington University.
Critical to all David’s work has been his efforts to develop reliable planning metrics for university research space allocation, an important part of developing new research facility programs. David has also been very active in the design of STEM teaching spaces for small colleges, developing new models for enabling active-learning, most recently for Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, as well as many other projects for small colleges.
David joined Page as the result of a merger with his previous laboratory design firm, SST Planners, where he had spent almost two decades, rising to the level of principal. Prior to that, David worked as a project designer for several award winning university projects at prominent design firms. It was working on one of those projects that he was introduced to his future partners at SST Planners.
He received his Masters in Architecture from MIT after working as a graduate engineer for several years, with a Masters and Bachelor of Science in Engineering from North Carolina State University.