David Turturo

Enrolled Program


Second Year

David Turturo studies design and the city. His research focuses on how creativity in cities can constitute a body politic, much as architects incorporated social critique into their practice and pedagogy after the 1960s. It is an interest that springs from a decade-long search into the work of the American architect John Hejduk, who famously declared, “architecture is a social contract.”

Before coming to Yale, David practiced and taught in New York City, Boston, and San Francisco. His recent teaching includes the graduate research studio “Tall Buildings in Historic Centers” (Northeastern University), the history/theory seminar “The City as Social Contract,” and the comprehensive design studio “Wilderness Urbanisms” (Boston Architectural College). In practice, David’s experience similarly focuses on sites of historical significance. This includes adaptive reuse work for three Jose Lluis Sert complexes along the Charles River; working drawings to mine and re-clad the Verizon Tower at the Brooklyn Bridge, plus a variety of other retrofits for schools and institutions. David completed an M.Des.S. in architecture theory with distinction at Harvard University and a B.Arch. at Syracuse University where he was awarded the Britton thesis prize for the design of a hospice in Venice Italy.