Daniel Morales is an architect and urban planner licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Colorado, and Utah. Currently, he's the company architect for Parkwood Homes, a TND builder. He received his Bachelors in Architecture from Pratt Institute where he spent a semester abroad in his childhood home of Rome, Italy. This led him to pursue a Masters in Architecture from Syracuse University in Florence, Italy, where he came to appreciate the urban context as an extension of architecture. After working for a local architect in Florence, he took a job in the Town Architect's Office of Kentlands for Duany Plater-Zyberk CoDesign in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
For the next 15 years, Dan gained experience in various specialties such as urban planning, institutional, and high-end residential work. After getting married, he settled down for the next 10 years at a Design Build firm in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he focused on learning the nuts and bolts of residential construction. In 2017, he joined the New Urbanist home builder Parkwood Homes, as their in-house architect and planner. His responsibilities include the design of new architecture and planning, as well as supervising the work of local architects for TND developments in three states.
Closer to home, Dan was appointed to his local Citizens Advisory Board, leveraging his professional experience on behalf of his community. Working from his ever expanding architectural library, he began writing about the relationship between architecture and human nature, a subject that has interested him since his day's at Pratt Institute. This led him to present several papers to the Congress for New Urbanism, the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, and Greater Greater Washington, a local blog dealing with development issues in the Washington DC area. He's also a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.