David Witte moved to Seattle after two years of working in Peru with the Peace Corps. While there, he worked on projects that were prioritized, designed, and built with the community to promote ownership. David's connection to Peru continues through his participation with Architects Without Borders.

David believes strongly in the participatory design process. His passion for public interest design brought him to the University of Washington, where he is currently finishing his Masters of Architecture. In his studies, the Neighborhood Design/Build Studio with Steve Badanes strengthened David’s design sensibility, and he continues to build at various scales. David helped create The Design Activist Collective, a student group focused on promoting design as a tool for activism, and co-taught a seminar where local designers and organizations shared their work, demonstrating the multitude of ways one can translate their passion from academia to practice.

At Schemata, David continues to use design as a means to improve community, both in the office and in the field.