The Selective Eye

An Architect's Notebook


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SpecificationsBinding: Hardbound ISBN: 978-0-9985298-1-3 Pages: 208pp Publication Date: Publication date forthcoming Size: 10″ x 12″ Landscape World Rights: Available

In Selective Eye: An Architect’s Notebook, David Martin takes us along on a life-long journey of discovery that begins with his distinguished architectural legacy, and his early personal family and educational influences. Sharing his memorable visual and verbal impressions of his wide-ranging travels, through Asia, Europe, the American Southwest, Mexico, the Middle East, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean, David’s journey concludes with valuable insights into the conception, design and realization process in architecture, the MADWORKSHOP Foundation, his distinguished career as a teacher, and his plans for the future. A testament to the fact that David is an extremely talented watercolorist and photographer with a not-so-secret passion for automotive and furniture design, his watercolors have been exhibited throughout the United States and are presented here, for the first time, as a collection in print form.


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 Master of Architecture from Columbia University. Upon completing his formal studies, Martin spent four months on a Traveling Fellowship researching the great urban spaces of the world. David was Design Principal for AC Martin Partners, a 110-year old architecture firm founded by his grandfather and noted for its historic and contemporary landmark projects. An award-winning designer, David has been recognized for his innovative, inspirational, and cutting-edge projects that transformed neighborhoods, academic institutions, and cities. Currently, David along with his wife, Mary Klaus Martin, have established MADWORKSHOP, a foundation that endows innovative designers with the opportunity to freely explore their ideas from inspiration to reality.







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