David Spillane, AICP, RIBA
Principal - Planning & Urban Design
David is the firm’s President and leads our Planning and Urban Design Practice. As President, he has overall responsibility for the Goody Clancy’s design direction, strategic focus and business performance. His planning and urban design work helps communities transform themselves to better meet rapidly accelerating social, economic, and environmental challenges
His projects include plans for the future of center cities, waterfronts, urban neighborhoods, campuses, and large development projects. This work has been recognized through more than a dozen national awards from the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Waterfront Center, including recognition in 2013 by the American Planning Association with its National Planning Excellence Award for a Firm. His work – including planning in Mississippi and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, replacing an aging interstate highway in Hartford, Connecticut, and redefining Boston’s Fort Point Channel waterfront – involves shaping plans that are both inspiring and achievable, developed in collaboration with diverse stakeholder groups and the wider public.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, where he has been an active participant in promoting public access to a cleaner and more vibrant Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay. He has also served as a member of Boston’s Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee and is a Design Advisor to the Capitol Center Commission in Providence, Rhode Island. He speaks frequently about the firm’s work, and he teaches, most recently as a Design Critic in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
B. Arch., University College Dublin (Ireland)
M. Arch., Harvard University