Prest-Vuksic Architects

About Us

Dave Prest, AIA
Dave Prest, AIA
Principal

David Prest has lived and practiced Architecture in the greater Palm Springs area for more than 30 years.

He has been responsible for the design of many successful and award winning commercial and residential projects.

Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona, where he was a 3 time All-Conference Baseball player.

Dave believes that each project he takes on is unique with its own set of specific and unique problems and opportunities. From taking full advantage of the site, to meeting or exceeding the expectations of the client; Dave ensures that the final result is accomplished through a high level of creativity and professionalism.

He and his wife Michaeleen have 3 children.

John Vuksic
John Vuksic
Principal

John Vuksic received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Southern California in 1985.  He received his Architect’s license in 1988 and has been practicing architecture in the Coachella Valley since 1989.  Since that time, he has been involved in many organizations including AIA Desert Chapter (Past President), Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce (Past Board Member), Palm Desert Rotary Club, Desert United Soccer Club (Vice President), Palm Desert General Plan Committee, Palm Desert Art in Public Places Commission (ARC Liaison) and the Palm Desert Architectural Review Commission.

John’s main focus during the design process is to design a project that takes full advantage of the site, and has a layout that flows well.  These are the most important elements in design and often require creative design solutions. 

In both residential and commercial projects, John enjoys the interaction with the Owner as well as other team members.  John’s favorite part of the process is to see the Owner’s vision transformed into an attractive and sophisticated design.

In his leisure time, John enjoys time spent with his wife, Leigh Ann, and their four children. He also enjoys playing soccer and hiking.

Christopher Mills
Christopher Mills
Project Architect
Chris graduated from Arizona State University in 1970.  After obtaining his license in 1977, Chris founded Christopher S. Mills Architects in Palm Springs. Chris is a highly diversified architect, specializing in Medical, Educational, Office and Multi Family projects.   

Chris currently sits on the City Council for the City of Palm Springs as well as the Coachella Valley Mountain Conservancy and the Coachella Valley Conservation Commission.

Frank Rodriguez
Frank Rodriguez
Sr. Project Manager
Frank Rodriguez graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Neuvo Leon in 1975 at the top of his class. His curriculum specialized in Architectural Studies.  In 1979, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from U.A.N.L. Faculty of Architecture.  Frank’s first job in the field of Architecture was with M. Rosenblatt & Sons, Inc. in San Diego, California.  Frank worked as a Mechanical Designer on ships for the United States Navy.  Frank has been a Sr. Project Manager Prest Vuksic since the firm’s inception. 

In Frank’s spare time he enjoys off-roading, rebuilding hot Rods and spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids.
David Drake
David Drake
Sr. Project Manager
David Drake attended the University of Oregon and received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1977.  

His career includes working with Skidmore Owning and Merrill. David also worked with highly recognized architect William Fletcher, known for cultivating Northwest Regional Style of architecture

He has a vast experience and is well versed in Health Care Architecture, Commercial, Residential, Religious and Community Architecture.  In 1990, David was the principle designer and project manager for the UCDMC Cancer Center and received an American Institute of Interior Design award for his design efforts.   
In 1999, David moved to the desert and joined Prest Vuksic Architects in 2000.

He is currently the Chairman of the City of Indian Wells Architectural Review Commission.

David’s favorite activities include cycling, golf and swimming.

Nicole Cuneo
Nicole Cuneo
Architect
Raised in the Coachella Valley, Nicole is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Upon graduating in 2004 she returned to the desert and joined Prest Vuksic Architects as a designer. Nicole became a licensed Architect in 2010 and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Design at the College of the Desert.

In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga and hiking near her home in La Quinta with her husband and son. 
John Greenwood
John Greenwood
Project Manager
John graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2004.  Upon graduating, he returned to his hometown of Palm Desert to work for Prest Vuksic Architects.  John is LEED Accredited and is passionate about sustainability.  He sits on the Sustainability Commission for the City of Palm Desert and is on the board for the USGBC Inland Empire.  John is in the process of obtaining is California Architectural License.

In his spare time John enjoys his time with his wife Heather and two beautiful boys.
Enrique Delgado
Enrique Delgado
Job Captain
Tania Sumano Romero
Tania Sumano Romero
Draftsman
Tony Zavala
Tony Zavala
Draftsman