David Allen Bushnell (1957-2018)

December 8, 1957 – March 9, 2018

David Bushnell passed away suddenly on Friday, March 9. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and dear friend of so many. David was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up in Ithaca, New York, where he spent his summers sailing and his winters ski racing. David’s love of nature can be traced to countless hours enjoying the great outdoors to the fullest. David’s enthusiasm for life, care for people, love for art, the environment, social justice, and culture were an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

As co-founder and principal of 450 architects in San Francisco, David was responsible for the design and construction administration for a variety of projects including educational, residential, institutional, industrial and commercial buildings. David’s work has been recognized with regional and international awards. Over the years, he practiced in San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Malaysia, and Switzerland.

David served on the Board of Directors of Architects Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility, working to support environmental protection, ecological building, social justice and the development of healthy communities. He passed on his passion and knowledge to students at the ETH in Zurich, and mentored countless young architects. David earned a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree at Cornell University where he formed the most amazing life-long friendships.

David is survived by his loving wife Laurence Jaquet, his beloved daughters, Léa and Lola, parents Ruth and Allen Bushnell of Ithaca, NY, brothers Peter (Cynthia) Bushnell of Cazenovia NY, and Paul (Laurie) Bushnell of Kalamazoo, MI, nephews and nieces Mark, Eric, and Virginia Bushnell, and Julia (Randy) Sivley, great-nephew Koda Sivley.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the San Francisco Waldorf High School Home Court Campaign for the new Center for Athletics and Community, an important project that David had been working on, and that is nearing construction phase. To contribute please follow this link: https://www.sfwaldorf.org/bushnellmemorial