David J. Elliott & Associates is a professional service organization dedicated primarily
to its client's needs while striving for design and management excellence in planning,
architecture, and interior design.
In the beginning
David J. Elliott is the founding Principal of the organization following a brief
internship with Salinas architectural firms upon graduating from California Polytechnic
State University-San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture in 1974. Following
graduate studies concentrating in Design Methods of Problem Solving, David began
his career in Monterey County. David interned with Salinas architectural firms until
earning a partnership in the well established firm of Richard Murphy and Associates
Serving the Central Coast - 30 Years
The firm was founded in 1979 following the transitional partnership with the retiring
partner Richard Murphy, his former employer since 1976. David established his practice
offering design services for exclusive homes on the Monterey Peninsula. After completing
private residence commissions for celebrities such as Alan Jardine (Beach Boys)
and Paul Anka (My Way) David quickly became popular serving an exclusive custom
home clientele. The firm expanded to produce a wide variety of work including planning,
architectural, and interior design services for government, industrial, commercial,
multi-family as well as single family residential projects. Today David is most
often seen at public hearings before planning commissions, city councils, and supervisor
boards assisting clients through the time consuming and often difficult approval
Professional & Public Service
David J. Elliott has made a substantial contribution to his community by assuming
leadership roles in his profession as well as his community.
David served five (5) years, three (3) as Chairman, on the Governance Council for
Liberty Family Academy Charter School, an elected position. Liberty Family Academy
was a California public benefit non profit corporation. David oversaw a Five Million
Dollar ($5,000,000) annual public school budget with its highest population reaching
over 900 students served by over 50 employees.
He served on the executive board of the American Institute of Architects Monterey
Bay (AIAMB) for five years including its President in 1986. He served for two years
on the California Council of the American Institute of Architects.
David has served on the Economic Council of the Salinas Area Chamber of Commerce
representing the construction industry by authoring quarterly economic publications
as well as guest speaking public events.
David has developed communication and leadership skills through Toastmasters International
at the Salinas Sunrise Toastmasters Club. He was Club President, Toastmaster of
the Year, Area Governor, and Area Governor of the Year as well as participant in
numerous speech contests. He has been the moderator of two public political debates
and the speech coach of the Miss Salinas Valley Pageant. David has chaired or participated
in numerous speaker's bureaus including the Steinbeck Festival, the United Way,
as well as the California Rodeo Association.
David volunteered over 200 professional meeting hours, one of three public representatives,
serving the Monterey County Zoning Ordinance Task Force.