Design Department

Meet our Faculty and Staff

Paul Clarke

Paul Clarke - Department Chair, 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.

David Parker

David Parker - 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.

Prof. Parker teaches fulltime in the department covering most of the architecture curriculum for the program, but will be on sabbatical during the Fall'16 semester.

Robert Christopher Boehm

Robert Christopher Boehm - Instructional Associate

Robert Christopher Boehm graduated from UC Berkeley in 1993 with a BA in International Economics.  After working in production and sourcing for a Fortune 500 company 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 rapid prototyping blossomed.  He is a Certified SolidWorks user. Since 2009, Chris has been a Design Department Tutor, Lab Assistant, Co-Advisor to the Design Club, Instructional Associate, and Associate Faculty, teaching DESN 101, DESN 203 and DESN 204. He is now the full-time Instructional Associate of the department.


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, and will be adding 3D Modeling and Prototyping to her porfolio this semester.

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 also herded cattle on horseback in Sonora, Mexico, during a bucket-list/City Slickers vacation.


Thanh Du - Associate Professor

Associate faculty member Thanh Du grew up in San Diego and attended local community colleges. He holds a BSME from SDSU and an M.Sc.Eng from UCLA. Mr. Du has worked for power supply and technology companies in San Diego, has 10 years' experience in the semiconductor industry, and has been a SolidWorks user since 2004. He enjoys camping, tinkering with electronics, programming, running, and driving his tractor.


Tony Trousset - Associate Professor

Associate faculty member Tony Trousset started teaching at MiraCosta in the spring of 2016. Tony is an Oceanside High School alum., and graduated from MiraCosta in 1967. After earning his BA in Industrial Arts at San Diego State University, he started working for the Vista Unified School District in 1971. Tony trained in the earliest versions of VersaCAD in the late '80s, and started teaching AutoCAD to his high school students in 1990. He began teaching at Palomar College in 1995, in addition to his day job at Vista High School. In 2010, he was asked to develop a Mechanical Drafting and Design Program at Rancho Buena Vista High School where he taught Revit, SolidWorks, Mechanical Drawing, and AutoCAD. Upon retiring from the Vista Unified School District in 2015, Tony fulfilled his lifelong dream to return to his alma mater to teach Advanced AutoCAD.

Tony has six children and four grandchildren. On any given day, he can be found on the beaches of Oceanside and Carlsbad where he has been surfing for over 50 years. He also loves working in his garage, and coaching his youngest children in basketball.