Joy Ride

David C. Martin


In Joy Ride, David C. Martin travels through Mexico, documenting his experiences in both words and illustrations, giving the reader a view of the Country from an architects perspective. 


7.5" x 6.25" (portrait)
Publication date: 
Spring 2017
Rights world: 

Tracey Shiffman, Alex Konhke, Stephanie Woodard


In this book, architect David C. Martin, reflects on and illustrates his visits to the ancient and colonial era places of Mexico. In Baja and on the mainland, Martin immersed himself in a millenia-old culture that has transformed over the centuries yet maintained an outsized and magical exuberance. Joy Ride is a journal of my travels through Mexico that uses my sketches, watercolors, photography, and observations recorded and gathered over an extensive sojourn across the country. I'm naitve Californian and itinerant traveler and the book chronicles Mexico's sophisticated cultural landscape through the yes of an architect. My quest began with Mexico's sacred Pre-Columbian cities in contrast to early Jesuit missions. I finally walked, mapped, and studied several colonial towns to understand how these urban centers shaped the placement of streets designed for pedestrian movement, sustainable planning, and the integration of public spaces with ritual. David Martin has produced most of his work in Southern California. No one can live in or visit Los Angeles without experiencing the myriad decisions he has made as materials, public access, interior fittings, and much more. His structures, along with the influence he and his family's firm have had on Los Angeles's developement as a pedestrain city, define friendly sequences of plazas so filled with bright flowers and art that the buildings themselves become a form of public art. 

About the author: 

David C. Martin, FAIA, a third-generation architect, continues his family's legacy of major involvement in the architectural planning and civic life of Southern California. Martin received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Southern California (USC), and his Masters of Architecture from Colombia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship, researching the great urban spaces of the world. David, along with his former business partner and cousin, Christopher C. Martin, FAIA, have received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter's Gold Medal of Honor, for their major contribution to the build environment of the City of Los Angeles.