Design Department

Meet our Faculty and Staff


David Parker

David Parker - Department Chair, Professor

Professor Parker received his Master of Architecture degree from The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA and his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA.  He has been a registered architect in the state of California since 1993.

Before joining MiraCosta College’s Design Department, Professor Parker taught and practiced architecture both locally and overseas.  He taught architecture, design and drawing courses in the United Arab Emirates at the American University of Sharjah’s College of Architecture and Design as well as the American University of Nigeria.  Professor Parker has 15 years of architectural practice in the industry working for firms in Washington D.C., Kuwait, Irvine and San Diego.

He currently teaches fulltime in the department covering most of the architecture curriculum for the program.

 

 

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke - Professor

Paul Clarke joined MiraCosta College in 2003 as lead instructor of the architecture, drafting, and engineering program.  In addition to teaching fulltime, he has served the college in various leadership roles and governance committees including Academic Senate Council, Collegial Negotiations, Budget and Planning, Student Learning Outcomes, Sustainability, Professional Growth and Evaluation, and as Chair of the HAAT and Design Departments.  Prior to MiraCosta, Mr. Clarke worked in industry for many years and taught in the Design Department at Long Beach State University.  He holds bachelors and masters degrees in engineering and design from Cal Poly Pomona and Long Beach State, an MBA from USC, and professional certifications and licenses from Autodesk, the US Green Building Council, and the California Board of Registration for Professional Engineers.  His teaching and research interests include computer-aided design (CAD), STEM education, 3D printing and rapid prototyping, and project management.  In collaboration with the Business Department, Mr. Clarke recently developed a new project management certificate and course offered for the first time in Spring 2015.  Outside the classroom, he enjoys doing triathlons, riding motorcycles, playing guitar, and watching his kid’s athletic competitions.

 

 

Robert Christopher Boehm

Robert Christopher Boehm - Instructional Associate, Associate Professor

Robert Christopher Boehm graduated from UC Berkeley in 1993 with a BA in Economics of Developing Countries.  After working in production and sourcing for a Fortune 500 corporate retailer for nearly a decade, he relocated from San Francisco to Encinitas to pursue his passion of working with orchids.  Chris began attending school at MiraCosta in 2007 where he completed Certificates of Achievement in Landscape Architecture and Drafting and Design.  It was during this time that his interest in 3D modeling and prototyping blossomed.  Since 2009, Chris has been a Design Department Tutor, Lab Assistant, Instructional Aide and Associate Faculty, teaching DESN 101, DESN 203 and DESN 204. 

 

 

Fox Sutton

Fox Sutton - Associate Professor

Fox Sutton received his Master's in Education in 2014, and his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Design in 1992. His career encompasses over 20 years of experience as a designer using AutoCAD, Photoshop, SketchUp, and other applications working with architectural, engineering, interior, and retail design firms.  He is also the owner and lead designer of his own freelance design firm specializing in Graphic Design and Architectural Visualization.  He has taught courses in Fundamentals of Design, Observational Drawing, Construction Documents, Architectural Detailing, and 3D Visualization and Rendering for the Art Institute of California - San Diego and the Art Institute of California - Orange County, Cuyamaca College, and Ramona High School.

Fox has been teaching for the MiraCosta Design Department since 2007, and currently teaches the DESN 201 and DESN 204 courses.

 

 

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Jeanette Cunningham - Associate Professor

Jeanette Cunningham is an Associate Faculty member of 14 years at MiraCosta College in the Design Department teaching a variety of architectural and mechanical engineering courses ( DESN 101, DESN 102, DESN 103, DESN 110 and DESN 111).   In addition to teaching, she was a CAD Lab assistant for the department.

Prior to entering her teaching career, Jeanette worked for a number of architectural firms (both commercial and residential) as a drafter, renderer, designer, and project manager.  She also worked part-time as a drafter, park designer and artist for the City of Loma Linda while earning her Associate of Science degree with emphasis in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art.

Jeanette’s interests in the design fields are complimented by her love for the arts (drawing, painting, intaglio etching and stone lithography).  Other interests include traveling, camping, hiking, bicycling, gardening and cooking. Jeanette and her husband Keith, 2 rescued dachshunds and 2 adopted tortoises live on a half-acre property with a garden of succulents, native plants of California and an organic garden of fruits and vegetables.

 

 

Tom V

Tom Vorkoper - Associate Professor

Tom Vorkoper earned his B.A. in Architecture in 1991 and his Masters of Architecture in 1998, both from U.C. Berkeley. He has been a licensed architect in California since 2001 and obtained his Idaho State license in 2012. With more than 18 years of architectural experience, Tom brings a unique combination of practical experience and design emphasis to his classes at MiraCosta.

Tom has worked in Architecture firms in San Francisco and San Diego. When he was an associate in one of the larger architectural offices in San Diego, Tom became involved with the B.I.M. Team and headed the implementation of Revit into the firm. It was during this time that he partnered with MiraCosta and began teaching Revit in the DESN 207 class. Tom has headed up his own architectural practice since 2007.

 

 

Jeannie Reilly

Jeannie Reilly - Associate Professor

Jeannie Reilly has extensive technical experience working with CAD systems in major industrial enterprises, such as; IBM, Hughes Aircraft (Space and Communications Division), Dassault Systems and architect: Frank Gehry and Associates.  Among her accomplishments was the implementation of  solid modeling CAD systems  that enabled the production of the first solid modeled telecommunications satellite.  She has been a consultant with the military and various high tech businesses.  She has additional experience as a partner in a private research and development company.

Her teaching experience spans many years training within industry, and at the Community College and University levels. At MiraCosta College, she has taught; Manufacturing Materials and Processes, Basic and Advanced AutoCad, and Engineering Design and Drafting.

 

 

David Titus

David Titus - Associate Professor

Associate faculty member David Titus has been teaching at MiraCosta since 2005 and also at other colleges in California since 1976.  He had several years of experience in industry, as a young adult, doing both mechanical and civil engineering drafting work.  He earned A.A, B.A and M.A. degrees in technology, along with both secondary education and community college teaching credentials.  He is an AutoCAD specialist, with over 20 years of familiarity with the software.  Mr. Titus enjoys sailing and his 2 young grandchildren in his spare time.  He herded cattle on horseback this past January, in Sonora Mexico, during a bucket-list/City Slickers vacation.

 

 

David Garcia

David Garcia - Instructional Assistant

I came to MiraCosta College in 2005 as a student and have been helping students in the lab since 2006.  I have a degree in Computer-Aided Design and Drafting and in Communication.  The main thing I love about design and drafting is the places it takes you, I've seen and experienced so many things I'd never have gotten to see without CAD (construction sites, manufacturing plants, behind the scenes, etc.)  It's a great field to be working in and I hope to encourage and help others succeed in it as well.