David A. Price

David A. Price has provided architectural and planning services to a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors, including cities, counties, and other governmental agencies, major corporations, retail, commercial and office building developers, recreational facility and resort operators, land owners, investors, and other professional service firms.

Themed Entertainment: TEA’s Mr. Mission Control – Buzz Price (1921 – 2010)

Related: "All that’s left are Patterns in the Grass" : The Magic of the Carnival

david price theme park designBy Architect David Price, TEA Western Division Board Member

In a very personal way, the stories helped turn our loss into a very sweet journey.  Many of these recollections were set against the backdrop of a campaign by the Themed Entertainment Association Foundation to raise funds for a scholarship in dad’s name – The Buzz Price TEA Ryman Arts Endowment – which to date has raised over $70,000.  

The success of that effort reflects the tremendous respect and admiration that friends and colleagues felt for Buzz.  It also reaffirms TEA’s own commitment towards creating opportunities for talented high school students who represent our industry’s next generation of artists and creative thinkers.  

Many of the stories about dad come from friends that knew dad professionally through a lifetime of collaboration and shared experiences.  Both Nick Winslow and Bob Rogers fit that mold well.  Nick’s career in the entertainment business spans over 30 years.  He began as a research associate with Economics Research Associates in the company that dad started (with the encouragement and support from Walt Disney).  Nick specialized in theme parks, tourism and market research studies.  His background in the industry today is widely known and highly respected.  Bob Rogers is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer for BRC Imagination Arts.  No other experience design firm has as much experience and success as BRC in designing and building space-based projects, including several attractions for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.
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 Nick was rummaging through project boxes recently and found a photo (above) of Buzz circa 1987 standing at the original historic mission control (not the current one) at Johnson Space Center.  Bob Rogers states that Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and most of Shuttle were run from this location.  Buzz is standing next to the Flight Director’s desk, right where Gene Krantz sat while calling the moon landings.  If you remember the old NASA films, or from Apollo 13, Gene was the guy with the flat top hair cut who always wore a vest.  Gene was Mr. Mission Control making all the decisions during flight.  Nick and Buzz were escorted through the facility by an astronaut; saw the collection of moon rocks, visited the centrifuge trainer and sat in the space shuttle simulator.  The rest is history. 

“All that’s left are Patterns in the Grass” : The Magic of the Carnival

By David A. Price 

Over the years, local civic organizations have raised thousands of dollars to benefit a wide variety of local needs. What’s special about it for me is that it unfolds outside the second floor offices of David A. Price Architects, Inc. on the sports field of a middle school located across the street.

It starts Monday morning when workers begin to mark the fields for the location of rides and the overall layout of the carnival. On Tuesday trucks with rides and crates arrive and begin to park in designated areas. On Wednesday and Thursday through the day and into the evening the carnival begins to unfold in a chorography that has gone on for hundreds of years in similar ways in countless other places. The technology has changed but the magic is the same – transforming what was once familiar into an insubstantial architecture of striped awnings, flamboyance and colored lights. For centuries these creations have given delight to thousands.

At Tustin Tiller Days, the people and families begin to arrive on Friday in the late afternoon and continue in full force through the weekend until it closes late Sunday afternoon. When it’s over, the lights go out, and by daybreak Monday morning all that is left are patterns in the grass.