David Ertz

Principal
David Ertz

A strong architectural planner with expertise in multi-family residential, commercial, and hospitality markets, David Ertz brings a pensive efficiency to the projects and teams he leads. His skills encompass broad design concepts and precise detailing.

David’s primary strength is in the conceptual design phase, during which he quickly develops well-thought-out programs and plans. His ability to home in on salient issues and vet options leads to process efficiency and solutions consistent with client objectives. In particular, David excels at architecture within the urban context, where he weighs decisions about context, scale, and adjacencies with thoughtfulness and creativity.

A patron of history and the arts, David holds memberships at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Barnes Foundation, Museum of the American Revolution, and the National Constitution Center. David’s gardens at his home in the West Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia have been on several tours and received recognition from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In addition to global travel to visit architecture and historic gardens, David spends time at his vacation home in Vermont, where he is designing a meadow garden as a feature landscape element.

David holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Arch from Washington University. He is registered in Neb., N.J., and Pa, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, and Society of Architectural Historians. David joined CLA in 1984.

Cope Linder Architects merged operations with NELSON in 2017.

FOCUSING ON Architecture in the Bay Area

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After a string of recent national moves, NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with WK design group.

FOCUSING on doing good deeds  

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Core to NELSON’s mission is our commitment to partnering with the communities where we work and live to sustain them, as well as creating positive change through civic engagement and socially responsible behavior.

FOCUSING on Architecture in healthcare design  

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In a move that will significantly expand architectural services in the southeast, global architecture, design, and consulting services firm, NELSON, is merging operations with Miami-based architecture firm, MGE Architects. The deal is effective immediately.

FOCUSING ON Design From the Outside In 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON DESIGN FROM THE OUTSIDE IN 

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In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.

FOCUSING ON Cloud-Based DatA

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To stand out from competitors, attract and retain top talent, and reflect their culture, cloud-based data company, Civis Analytics, retained NELSON to design their new 29,000 SF space.

CREATING New Solutions

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Tactix retained NELSON to provide interior design services for their new location in Center City Philadelphia. The team worked closely with executives to develop new design solutions to fit their needs.

 
 

FOCUSING ON TAMI Solutions

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NELSON announced its intent to launch TAMI (Technology, Advertising & Media, and Information Business) Practice Area. 

 

CREATING innovative design

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Capital One selected NELSON to help them design their Rolling Meadows location. The NELSON team worked with Capital One’s Design Team and Key Leaders to create their vision of an urban chic work environment.