Samuel David Bruce
Samuel David
Telluride Foundation


David wants to investigate two questions of particular interest through his fellowship. First, how can an architect, serving as an interdisciplinary collaborator, community organizer and entrepreneur, creatively direct attention to causes and to places often neglected by the discipline and to design projects that aren’t just theoretical but necessary models for a sustainable future? Second, what is the role of the built environment and those who design it in addressing and even helping to solve the current climate crisis? 
Telluride Foundation is piloting a replicable model for building affordable housing in the Mountain West. David aims to establish a network of diverse voices—community residents, foresters, landscape ecologists, builders—to collaborate on a vision for an innovative solution to this housing problem. In his own practice, David hopes to continue to connect with a vast array of disciplines to add depth and insight into this work.  
David finds it exciting that the organization spearheading this effort doesn’t have a long history of developing housing. At the culmination of this experience, he hopes that the Foundation will always find room at the table for folks that think creatively and spatially. 
David earned his M.Arch and Master’s in Environmental Management from Yale. He was previously awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship.

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