Sunset Consultants

Sunset Consultants

24350 N Whispering Ridge Way, Unit 38 Scottsdale, AZ 85255

About the Expert

David J. Brotman FAIA is an accomplished Senior Executive with a proven career and solid experience in all aspects of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. Mr. Brotman's services include report preparation, mediation, and trial testimony. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects with over forty-five years of experience.

Areas of Expertise

  • Architecture
  • Construction Claims

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Expert's Profile

Founder and Principal at Sunset Consultants, Mr. Brotman provides strategic planning and management consulting services for various entities, including those that need help with planning or architectural projects. He also serves as Planning Commission for the City of Malibu, where he advises on land use matters including the local coastal program, specific plans, zoning, conditional use permits, and subdivisions.

Mr. Brotman spent 25 years with RTKL Associates Inc., one of the World’s largest Architect and Engineering Firms where he eventually served as its Vice Chairman.

Litigation Support - David Brotman provides expert witness services to attorneys representing Plaintiff and Defense. His skills include all facets of Architectural practice. His worldwide, multi-million dollar project experience includes retail, office, hotel, institutional, and mixed-use. Mr. Brotman's services include affirmative and rebuttal report preparation, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony.

Personal Achievements


  • Licensed Architect: Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Texas
  • Registered Architect, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Registered APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Architect


  • Professional and Community Affiliations
  • Chairman, City of Malibu Planning Commission, 2014-2015
  • Vice-Chairman, City of Malibu Planning Commission, 2013-2014
  • Planning Commissioner, City of Malibu, CA, 2012-2017
  • aecKnowledge Editorial Board, 2010-present
  • Advisory Council of the School of Architecture, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 2011- 2014
  • Adamson House, Malibu, CA,
  • > Docent, 2010-2015
  • Urban Land Institute
  • > Urban and Mixed-Use Development Council, 1997-2001
  • International Council of Shopping Centers
  • > Centerbuild Program Committee, 1995-2000
  • American Institute of Architects
  • > AIA Leadership Institute Planning Committee, 2016
  • > Regional Representative, The College of Fellows, 2015 - present
  • > AIA California Council Regional Director to the National Board of the AIA, 2005-07
  • > Board Advocacy Committee, AIA National, 2005-07
  • > Global Strategies Task Group, AIA National, 2005
  • > President, AIA California Council, California, 2004
  • > First Vice President, President Elect, AIA California Council, California, 2003
  • > Monterey Design Conference Committee, AIA California Council, California, 2003
  • > Desert Practice Conference Committee, AIA California Council 2002, 2004
  • > Certified Development Strategist Committee, AIA California Council, California 2002-2004
  • > Interim Dean, AEC Integration Task Force, 2002-03
  • > Vice President, Regulation and Practice, AIA California Council, California, 2001-02
  • > Co-Chairman, Advocacy Advisory Committee, AIA California Council, 2001-02
  • > Chairman, DGS Liaison Committee, AIA California Council, 1999-2002
  • > Advocacy Advisory Comm., AIA California Council, 1998-2002
  • > Large Firm Roundtable, AIA National, 1997-99
  • > Trustee ARCPAC, AIA California Council 1996-2002, Chairman 2000-02
  • > Director, Los Angeles Chapter, 1996-98
  • > International Committee, AIA National 1992-94
  • > Chairman, Large Firm Roundtable, Los Angeles Chapter, 1990
  • > Chairman, Office Location Committee, Dallas Chapter, 1988
  • > Texas Architects Committee, Texas Society of Architects, 1986-90
  • > Public Policy Task Force, Baltimore Chapter, 1977-79
  • > Practice Management Committee, AIA National, 1976-78
  • > Liaison Committee, Baltimore Chapter, 1977-79
  • > Project Procedures Task Force, Baltimore Chapter, 1976
  • > Project Procedures Task Force, Baltimore Chapter 1976-77
  • > National Capitol Committee, AIA National, 1972-74
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • > Chairman, National Awards Committee, 1985-87
  • > Chairman, National Convention, 1983-84
  • > President, Dallas Chapter, 1983-84
  • > Vice-President, Dallas Chapter, 1982-83
  • > Treasurer, Dallas Chapter, 1981-82
  • > Chairman, Program Committee, Dallas Chapter, 1980-81
  • > President, Baltimore Chapter, 1978-1979
  • > Vice President, Baltimore Chapter, 1977-78
  • > Secretary, Baltimore Chapter, 1976-77
  • Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Baltimore, MD,
  • > Board of Governors, 1976-79
  • Goals for Dallas, Dallas, TX, 1982-86
  • Baltimore County Architectural Review Board, 1973-76
  • World Affairs Council
  • The Asia Society
  • U.S. - China Business Council
  • National Association of Corporate Real Estate Executives
  • National Association of Industrial Office Parks
  • Professional Services Management Association
  • Australian - American Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
  • Central City Association, Los Angeles, CA
  • Los Angeles Headquarters Association
  • Arbitrator, The New York Stock Exchange
  • Arbitrator, The American Stock Exchange
  • Arbitrator, National Association of Security Dealers (NASD)
  • Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)


  • > Honors and Awards - representative list, complete list available upon request <
  • Adamson House Drawings, California State Park Superior Achievement Award, 2013
  • Adamson House Exhibits Committee, California State Park Superior Achievement Award, 2013
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA, Urban Land Institute, 2011 Global Awards for Excellence
  • LA Live, Los Angeles, CA, 2010 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA, 2009 International Commercial Property Awards
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), “Best-of-the-Best”, 2009
  • Westfield San Francisco Centre, San Francisco, CA, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Design and Development Awards, 2008 Design Award
  • Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District, Focused Issue Planning, Special Award Of Merit, 2002
  • Desert Passage at Aladdin, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, Placemaking Award of Merit, 2002
  • Desert Passage at Aladdin, Superior Achievement in Design and Image, Shopping Center World, Honorable Mention, 2001
  • Desert Passage at Aladdin, Themed Entertainment Association “Thea” Award for Outstanding Achievement, 2001
  • Sydney Central, Golden  Nugget Grand Award, 2000
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai Ministry of Science and Technology, First Place Design Competition, 1998


  • > Publications - representative list, complete list available upon request <
  • “The Future is Now, Architectural Industry Undergoing Dramatic Changes,” California Architect. Summer 2004
  • "Branding.” Shopping Centre News. August 2000. Sidebar to feature on Food Court Trends
  • "East Meets West:  Merging Philosophies Through the Design Process.” Asian Building & Construction. March 2000
  • "The Mouse That Roared.” Real Estate Forum. May 2000. Joseph Cavaluzzi, Author.  Feature on Internet retailing with David Brotman quotes
  • "Shanghai Scienceland.” Asian Building & Construction. January 2000. Zheng Biyu, author.  Comments by David Brotman
  • "Travel Abroad is Becoming a Survival Strategy.” ENR Sourcebook. November 1999. Quotes by David Brotman
  • "An Arena Fit for Kings, Staples Center Entertainment District.” Hockey Business News. October 1999. Mike Scarr, author.  Comments by David Brotman

Prior assignments

  • > Project Experience - representative list, complete list available upon request <
  • Victoria Gardens, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  • Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai, China
  • LA Live, mixed-use, Los Angeles, CA
  • 835 Market Street, mixed-use, San Francisco, CA
  • Sydney Central, mixed-use, Sydney, Australia
  • Cairns Central, retail, Cairns, Australia
  • Entertainment Center at Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA
  • Janss Marketplace, retail, Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Pattaya Festival Center, retail, Pattaya, Thailand
  • Sun DongAn Plaza, mixed-use, Beijing China
  • Eastland Shopping Centre, retail, Melbourne, Australia
  • The Galleria Morley, retail, Perth, Australia
  • Paramount, retail, Manila, Philippines
  • Brea Mall, retail renovation and expansion, Brea, CA
  • Tower City Center, mixed-use with retail, office, transit, and museum, Cleveland, OH
  • St. Andrews Old Course Hotel, renovation and expansion, St. Andrews, Scotland
  • Frankfurt Intercontinental, hotel refurbishment, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Tysons Corner Center, retail renovation and expansion, McLean, VA

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