David M. Smallets

David M. Smallets


Associate Principal

"I listen to the client to understand their needs, establish mutual goals for the project, and then propose design solutions that are not only beneficial to the client but the community as a whole. As architects, we have a responsibility to adapt to the changing environment and societal shifts, to propose solutions for the greater good, for our children, and our children’s children for generations to come."

David always had an interest in the arts growing up, but he just didn’t quite know what to do with it. During his junior year of high school, however, he attended a class trip to Italy with his industrial-arts class, where he discovered his passion for architecture and thus cemented his desired career path.

David started working as an intern architect for BLTa—A Perkins Eastman Studio shortly after graduating from Philadelphia University, and has risen to an associate principal after more than twenty years there. He is now heavily involved in recruiting and training the next generation of architects. When not mentoring in studio, David can often be found on the soccer pitch, having coached both of his kids and served as an executive board member in his township’s youth soccer program, teaching life skills of teamwork and collaboration both in the studio and on the field.

Our Perkins Eastman

David is a dedicated problem solver who enjoys managing large-scale, complex, mixed-use projects, where his judgment and quick decision making are an asset to the project coming to fruition. David embraces new technologies, sustainable design, and collaboration with design professionals, engineers, owners, and contractors to deliver a contextual design that often includes placemaking to benefit the larger community beyond the project alone.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (215) 563-3900 ext. 150
  • Email:

  • Linkedin:

  • Education

  • Jefferson University; B.A.
    (formerly Philadelphia University)
  • Associations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • U.S. Green Building Council: LEED AP
  • Building Industry Association
    of Philadelphia