After four years in the Navy, David earned a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. He returned to Kentucky to help the state develop master plans for its towns, then joined the U.S. State Department and worked on several projects in Chile, Guatemala, and Brazil.
In 1970, he joined the architecture school at the University of Maryland, where his reputation as an internationally acclaimed restoration architect was launched. Early projects included the Rossborough Inn (the university faculty club) and Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May. David and his students traveled to work on projects in Russia, Egypt, Mexico, and Spain. His work with students restoring Riversdale, the home of Lord Baltimore descendants, and England’s Kiplin Hall brought a letter of praise from then Prince Charles.
Upon retirement, David was a restoration adviser to the city of Annapolis, where he died on June 25, 2023.