David will play an important role with you, the Owner. Mr. Wallace will be your initial contact and will be preparing the proposal of services and fees as well as contract negotiation and considers customer satisfaction a number one goal. David has an extensive background in hospitality Architecture, through his many years working in the firm. His experience will help with any initial questions you may have, along with guiding your project through the development process. Combined with this knowledge is a detailed understanding of the owner experience, as Mr. Wallace has been involved in the development, ownership and operation of several hotels. His understanding of the financial principals of operations can help in planning your successful hotel development.
Bachelor of Architecture University of Arkansas
Urban Studies Program Rome, Italy
National Council of Architectural Registration Board
Charter Member – Oldsmar Cultural Arts Foundation
Member - AIA
With a history spanning over five decades of Design, Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Development, Mr. Wallace brings incredible depth and creativity to the development team for any type of project. His long-standing reputation for honesty, integrity and commitment have contributed heavily to bringing projects in on-time and on-budget, all of which has earned him the respect of the global development community.
Starting in September 1965, David L. Wallace went to work for the world-renowned, award-winning hotel architecture firm of William W. Bond and Associates. While working with Bond, Mr. Wallace was involved with nearly every franchise in the industry and built a professional, one-on-one relationship with the famous hotelier and founder of Holiday Inns, Kemmons Wilson.
In 1975, David L. Wallace, along with eight other employees of William W. Bond, assisted William Bond in closing the architectural and engineering offices so that Mr. Bond could pursue new endeavors. These nine former employees formed a new corporation of which Wallace was a minority owner. This organization continued the rich heritage of the Bond firm and went on to perform Architectural and Engineering services on innumerable resort, hotel and motel projects worldwide.
In April 1981, David L. Wallace resigned and sold his interest in the corporation to his partners. Through hard work and dedication, he started what is today one of the largest and most respected hotel architectural firms in the United States, David L. Wallace & Associates, P. A. Mr. Wallace continues working in the hotel and hospitality arena where he has proven to be a leader as well as a respected and knowledgeable resource for the industry at large, both as an Architect and as a Developer.
David L. Wallace & Associates, P. A. grew from a two man office in 1981 to a 38 member staff in two locations in Memphis, Tennessee and Tampa Bay, Florida in 1996. Continuing today, under his combined leadership with his son, David L. Wallace, Jr., David L. Wallace & Associates creates Architecture for a wide range of customers and project types, including every major franchise and in geographic locations around the globe. Combined the Wallace’s are licensed in approximately forty states and both continue to be speakers and technical experts to the industry.
Practicing architecture for over fifty years, David L. Wallace has been involved with the design and development of countless buildings and structures, including resorts, hotels, casinos, motels, office parks, retail, restaurant, government work and civic projects. His work overseas on various European and international projects has given him unique understanding, enhancing his ability to adapt to new locales, new sites, new clients and cultures and myriad requirements. Mr. Wallace feels that the ability to work at every level of development –from programming to schematic design to accurate construction documentation –is an important skill in architecture, necessary in creating a successful development team. He is also a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.