David Bruce joined Telluride Foundation staff on October 1st to manage our Rural Affordable Housing Initiative. This Initiative will strive to build housing projects in neighboring communities to support teachers and the workforce. David will staff local community committees and serve as a liaison between the developer, Foundation, and communities. David is a recent graduate of a joint degree in Architecture and Environmental Management (M.Arch/M.E.M) at Yale University. During his four year masters program, he was involved with the design and construction of affordable housing for families who had previously experienced homelessness and became interested in the environmental and ecological benefits of timber construction. Last summer (2019), he worked with Peruvian Architects, Barclay Crousse Arquitectos on a competition winning proposal for a center for water management in the Sacred Valley of Peru.
David became interested in the confluence of the built and natural on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a yearlong independent study after he graduated from Bowdoin College. He traveled to Rotterdam, Mumbai, Kolkata, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh drawing and painting cities vulnerable to sea level rise. Before enrolling in Architecture School, he worked for Winter Swell Construction, a small general contractor in Maine. He hopes to leverage his interests in innovative fabrication processes and sustainability towards the development of housing.
David grew up in small town New Hampshire and is excited to partner with the Telluride/ San Miguel County Community. He joins us through Enterprise Community Partners‘ Rose Fellowship, a program that matches early career designers with community organizations working to tackle pressing questions of equitable housing and healthy communities.