David runs an architecture studio and workshop in the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand that he established with his late partner Im Sarasalin Schafer (CAPLA BArch 2003). Their collaboration started in the dry heat of Tucson where they both received their Bachelor of Architecture degrees before returning to David's home town of San Diego. There they worked in several significant architecture offices while earning their licenses in 2007, after which they promptly went to art school. At Cranbrook Academy of Art they spent two intense years in the Methalsmithing and Ceramics studios cutting, casting, carving, machining, lathing, construction and construing. Upon graduation in 2009 they returned to Im's hometown to continue this momentum and establish Studiomake.