David Poorman’s childhood was a blend of farm and beach, having moved at an early age from Ohio to Naples, Florida in 1972. He interned in carpentry while in high school, then worked as a carpenter for two years before enrolling in the architecture programs at St. Petersburg Junior College and the University of Florida. After receiving a Bachelor of Design at University of Florida, David earned his Master’s in Architecture from Princeton University. He lived for ten years in downtown Chicago, working and travelling for Perkins and Will and then for David Woodhouse Architects. A design project for an internationally known Illinois arboretum convinced him that the indigenous Southwest Florida landscape was personally more inspiring, and he returned to his Florida roots in 2001.
In 2010, David established David Poorman Architect LLC (DPA) in Naples, an award winning firm specializing in small scale residential and commercial projects. His work continues to be inspired and informed by Florida’s natural resources, climate, and immemorial beauty. He still enjoys growing things and marathon swims in the Gulf.
Each unique project at DPA maintains these core principles: a fundamental love for the craft of architecture; the belief that the soul of any project is manifested through its attention to and expression of detail; responsible, meaningful and fulfilling design is a result of the collaborative and non-dictatorial effort with the client - listen first, speak through design.