David Sassano – Resume

ARCHITECTURE REGISTRATIONS: Virginia (Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, New York – inactive). NCARB Certified.


1980-1985 University of Notre Dame , Notre Dame, IN
– B.A., Architecture.
Junior Year Rome Studies Program


2013-Present, Herring & Trowbridge Architects, Herndon VA
2009-2013, Xicon Solutions LLC, Falls Church, VA
2000-2009, Architect David J. Sassano, South Bend, IN
1995-2000, DLZ Inc., South Bend, IN
1994, 1995 Ellerbe Becket, New York, NY
1989-1994, Acheson Thornton Doyle, New York, NY
1988-1989, Cooper Robertson and Partners, New York, NY
1986-1988, Hirsch/Danois Partnership, New York, NY
1985-1986, Cole Associates, South Bend, IN


1925 South Michigan Avenue
Private Developer, Chicago IL.
3-Story, 24,000 s.f., Building Renovation
Budget: +/- $3million
The project is a local landmark building in the City’s Historic Motor Row District. The City is also filing to have the building designated as a national landmark. It was designed by Christian Eckstorm as the BF Goodrich Tire showroom and opened in 1911. Near complete architectural services were provided for a gut renovation including a duplex living unit for the owner. (The owner has since modified his scope, and is working with a potential museum gallery tenant and their architect.)

Gillespie Conference Center
Holladay Development Corp. South Bend, IN
17,000 s.f. $2.3 million, New Building
Completed: February, 2008
The Gillespie occupies a site on the edge of the Campus of Saint Mary’s College. Includes 3,000 s.f. lobby/pre-function space and 8,000 s.f. ballroom space that can be fully opened or divided into multiple configurations. Full architectural services were provided.

Huron Building
Holladay Development Corp., South Bend, IN
150,000 s.f. $3.7 million, New Building
Completed: Spring, 2007
The first building to be completed in the 400 acre Portage Prairie Development in South Bend, IN, the Huron sets the standard for modern design inspired by the open prairie site. The 150,000 square foot flex building is based on the prototypical tilt-up concrete box, but with a simplicity and elegance that makes the project part building, part sculpture. The curving, projecting, and cantilevered panels provide an ever changing array of light, shadow and reflection, giving this utilitarian building more esthetic appeal than one might expect from a speculative project. Full architectural services were provided

Howard Park Master Plan
Howard Park Neighborhood Association, South Bend, IN
12-block Neighborhood revitalization proposal
A proposal for the revitalization of a downtown neighborhood along the Saint Joseph River. The site has been occupied by industrial buildings and a scattering of homes.Recently, several of the industrial buildings were vacated, including the City’s public transit bus facilities. Being adjacent to the River, the land is prime for re-development. The Howard Park Neighborhood Association asked me to prepare a counter proposal to the City’s initial redevelopment plan. The proposal calls for a new housing development modeled after the adjacent Sunnymede neighborhood; one of the cities most successful neighborhoods. This proposal was widely presented and discussed, and the City eventually scrapped its original proposal and developed a new plan based on the concepts of my proposal.

Palais Royale Ballroom
Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, IN
30,000 s.f. , $6.2million, Building Renovation and Restoration
Architect: Kessler Francis Cardozza
Completed: December 31st, 2002
The Palais Royale Ballroom was built in 1926 directly adjacent to the Palais Theater. (Now the Moris Performing Arts Center.) I was the local architect working in association with Detroit based Kessler, Francis, Cardozza. The project was for the complete restoration and renovation of the building. This involved restoring the severely damaged 8000 s.f. ballroom and lobby, replacing the windows, repairing the terra cotta brick and panel exterior, new restrooms, kitchen and offices, capturing new space in the basement, and all new services.

Mishawaka North Wellfield Water Filtration Plant
Mishawaka Water Department, Mishawaka, IN
20,000 s.f., $2.5million, New Building
Architect: DLZ in Association with Malcom-Pirnie Engineers
Completed: Summer 2000
As Project Architect and Project Manager while employed by DLZ, I completely revised the engineers floor plan to reduce the building size and better accommodate the Owner’s desire to use the building as an educational facility. The resulting floor plan allows for a single point group viewing station, and architectural expression of the functions of the plant both inside and out.

Lake Michigan College at Bertrand Crossing
Lake Michigan College, Niles, MI
30,000 s.f., $2.2million, New Building
Archtiect: DLZ
Completed: June 1997
As Project Architect and Project Manager while employed by DLZ, I was responsible for all design and project management. The building features a 7,000 s.f. CNC lab, two science labs, a computer lab, and classrooms. The building is constructed of load bearing exterior brick masonry. It was constructed in 1997 for approximately $75/sf. The project received an Honorable Mention Award from AS&U magazine.

Club Quarters Midtown Manhattan
Club Quarters, NY, NY
90,000 s.f., $10 million, Building Renovation and Restoration
Architect: Acheson, Thornton, Doyle Architects PC
Completed Spring 1994
As Project Architect I was responsible for coordination of a team of up to 4 other architects as well as all consultants. I was also responsible for a good deal of project management and client coordination for  this 13-Story renovation and restoration of the 1906 Webster Hotel building. Upon completion the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and qualified for the 20% federal tax credit.

Stuyvesant High School
New York City Schools, Battery Park City, NY
400,000 s.f., $80 million, New Building
Architects: Cooper Robertson and Partners in association with Gruzen Samton Stienglass
Completed: 1989
As one of several architect interns involved through design development phase, I was responsible for the design of the cafeteria overlooking the Hudson River, as well as many of the schedules and details during the construction drawing phase.

Hostos Community College
Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, The Bronx, NY
90,000 s.f., $24 million, New Building Addition and Renovation
Architects: Voorsanger &Mills in association with Hirsch/Danois
Completed: 1988
As one of several architect interns involved through design development phase, I was responsible for developing and maintaining the large-scale design model, as well as various tasks during the construction documents phase.


University of Notre Dame

Adjunct Asst. Professor, Building Technology 245.
Fall Semester 2001, Spring Semester 2003, Fall Semester 2004
Developed curriculum for introduction to building technology for second year architecture students. Class focused on introduction to materials, and basic construction technologies.

Adjunct Asst. Professor, Professional Practice 546
Spring Semesters 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Developed curriculum for Professional Practice Class for 5th year and graduate students. Class focused on five areas: Office Practices, Project Delivery, Contracts, Codes, Construction Administration. Students used their thesis projects as the basis for assignments.

Visiting Asst. Professor, Downtown Design Studio 426
Spring Semester 2003
Organized the Downtown design studio for 12 fourth-year students. The first segment of the studio involved studying the history of South Bend and developing two comprehensive urban proposals. One being a projection of the City based on the multiple previous plans for revitalization over the previous 40 years, and the other being a plan assuming South Bend had not torn down 2/3 of it’s buildings as part of the urban renewal process of the 70’s. The second segment of the studio required each student to develop a comprehensive building design proposal including a presentation of financing. Throughout the semester projects were reviewed by City officials including the Director of Development, the Board of Public Works Director, and the Mayor. Professor Steven Hurtt, from the University of Maryland, provided the final review.

Invited Juror

August 1995-Present
Invited Jury Member for numerous Undergraduate, Thesis, and Graduate Design Studios

Andrews University

Visiting Asst. Professor, 4th year Integrative Design Studio
Spring Semester 2005
The Integrative Design Studio involved detailed development of the first semester fourth year project. One of the changes I introduced from previous studios, was having the students work for the first two weeks on someone else’s project. This offered a more realistic experience of the professional work environment, as well as providing some fresh perspective to the projects they had worked on the previous term. The remainder of the semester involved developing code summaries, mechanical systems, building sections, and large scale models.

Invited Speaker, Women’s Art League of South Bend, South Bend IN. September 2002,

Presentation on my work and personal experiences of architecture, titled : “From South Bend to New York and Back; Finding Architectural Relevance in a Culture of Decreasing Marginal Utility.”

Invited Moderator, TRANSPO, South Bend IN. March 2004,

Leader of toundtable discussion with FTA Administrator Jenna Dorn and US representative Chris Chocola about the role of Transit in the history and the future of South Bend. Attended by approximately 40 people. Included presentation of several Notre Dame Downtown Design Studio projects relating to transit.


Historic Landmarks Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County, IN.
Architectural Historian, February 2009 – Present

City of South Bend Board of Zoning Appeals
Member, August 2001 – January 2008

South Bend Downtown Partnership
Member, Committee for Design, Landscape, and Transportation, 1999-Present
Developed draft document for Downtown Design Guidelines; Chairman, Subcommittee for award of Façade Grant Program funds; nominated Mayor for Mayors Conference on Design

Michiana Youth Ministries
Board Member, August 2004-Present

Adams High School
Assistant Football Coach, 2006, 2007, 2008