Our practice is comprised of development, design and operations experts from the real estate and hospitality industries.
David is a Philadelphia-based hospitality and real estate executive with twenty-three years of experience spanning hotels, leisure, fitness and real estate. Inspired by his world travels and passion for fitness, David founded Fitler Club, a private lifestyle club that opened in Philadelphia in 2019. Fitler Club is the first club of its kind to combine world-class entertainment, social, wellness and business offerings under one roof.
David’s career began at Goldman Sachs, where he spent ten years focused on advisory, finance and private equity investment in hotels, gaming and leisure. David then went on to run Morgan Stanley’s hospitality advisory business followed by two years with Lubert Adler Partners overseeing hotel investment and asset management.
In late 2012, David was recruited by Equinox Fitness and the Related Companies to oversee the development of a new luxury lifestyle hotel concept now known as Equinox Hotels. As Related’s Managing Director of Hospitality and the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Equinox Hotels venture, David was the key person responsible for all aspects of the development of this new company – from creating the brand vision and writing the business plan, to sourcing and executing agreements for six ground-up hotels, to programming, branding, design and operations.
David graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in economics. He resides in Center City Philadelphia and is an avid triathlete, marathon runner and former collegiate tennis player.
Amanda studied architecture but her nearly twenty year career spans a multitude of design related facets, from interiors, to creative direction and branding, to real estate planning and leasing, to project management and execution. Amanda’s early work in New York included a variety of project types and scales ranging from high end residential projects to institution and corporate work. Amanda’s now deep expertise in wellness and hospitality began with her experience at Equinox, which she joined in 2010 to lead design for all renovations and capital improvements. Amanda transitioned within the company in 2013 to Director of Planning, where she oversaw all feasibility, real estate coordination and leasing, and preliminary design and concepting for all new Equinox Fitness locations. It was there at Equinox where Amanda met David in 2012 and the two began collaborating on design and planning for Equinox Hotels.
In late 2017 Amanda joined David in Philadelphia to lead design and development for Fitler Club, which earned Surface Magazine’s Best Private Members Club in 2019.
After completing Fitler Club, Amanda founded Good City Studio in 2019 with a mission to bring a rare combination of design savvy, development expertise, operational know-how, and project execution to clients in the hospitality industry and beyond. Amanda is passionate about seeking collaborators and clients who like her are focused on making projects with a “net good” societal and cultural impact – and who like to have fun along the way.
Daniel is a 30-year hospitality leader based in Philadelphia whose career has taken him to Orlando, Toronto, and Boston. Daniel has led teams at some of the finest and most innovative hospitality companies in the world including Four Seasons and Walt Disney World Resorts; and has extensive experience operating private members clubs.
Beginning his career in food and beverage operations for standalone restaurants, Daniel transitioned into hotels, first working at the famed Hotel Del Coronado. With roles overseeing fine dining restaurants, banquets & events, and front desk operations, Daniel later expanded on this experience transitioning into catering sales and group sales and marketing.
More recent roles have extended his experience to Conference Center and Private Club Management, with leadership roles at the Chubb Hotel & Conference Center and The ACE Golf Club and he was a part of the opening team at Fitler Club, a private luxury lifestyle club in Philadelphia. As VP of Operations and Sales at Fitler Club Daniel was responsible to lead the clubs Food & Beverage Operations, Member Services, Private Events, Hotel, Membership Sales, Programming, and Fitness & Wellness. He was instrumental in developing the club’s operating procedures, recruiting for key leadership roles, and developing membership guidelines.
Daniel served as National President for NACE, the National Association of Catering & Events. As a thought leader in the events industry, Daniel has been quoted in several hospitality industry publications, Time Magazine, and CNN.
Daniel joined Good City Studio reteaming with his colleagues from Fitler Club, bringing years of experience leading in the Hospitality community.
Katie’s expertise is project conceptualization, space planning, and design strategy. Katie trained as an architect and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley with a concentration in Urban Design. This degree has impacted the ways in which Katie approaches her design thinking; she carefully applies the larger process of ‘place-making’ to meaningfully impact a much bigger project, district or neighborhood.
Katie began her career in 2015 in New York working with Amanda at Equinox, where along with Amanda, Katie led space planning, feasibility studies, and coordination with various landlords, architects and development professionals. In addition, during her time at Equinox, Katie worked with David on space planning and concepting for the fitness and public spaces of Equinox Hotels.
In 2017, Katie went on to work for Ollie, a start-up coliving company that aimed to disrupt the multifamily residential real estate industry. Katie led feasibility analysis for expanding Ollie’s footprint by studying more than 150 potential locations. Katie crafted functional micro apartments and concepted ample amenity spaces to encourage social interaction among residents and shape the community.
In 2020, Katie joined the real estate team at Convene to determine deal viability through spatial studies of the meeting focused hospitality brand. Katie was responsible for design and coordination of various program elements including meetings, events, workplace, club, and wellness.
Katie is a founding member of Good City and plays a critical role as Studio Director, leading all space planning, real estate research, and design coordination. Katie is currently based in San Francisco where she is pursuing a masters in Urban Planning at Berkeley.
Good City provides an integrated suite of strategy, design, development and management services that does not exist in the market today - a trusted partner to oversee clients’ most important projects from concept to fruition.
- Concept brainstorming
- Mood boards & project vibe
- Concept sketches & layouts
- Branding direction
- Development budgeting
- Design development & management
- Construction documentation
- Vendor selection & coordination
- Concept development
- Programming & test fits
- Bidding & negotiation
- Value engineering
- Construction administration
- Punch list & handover
- Initial budgeting
- Feasibility & market studies
- Financial modeling
- Investor materials
- Org charts
- 3rd party management
- Interim CEO / board oversight
- Asset management