David Plumton graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Manitoba School of Architecture in 1955. Over his years of work, Plumton worked as part of the firm Schaefer Plumton and Nipper, alongside fellow University of Manitoba architecture graduates Boyle Francis Schaeffer and Thomas Nipper.
Plumton was a contributor to mid-century Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) books of small house designs, where his designs stand out as resolutely modern architectural presence. Many of his home designs are characterized by such modernist residential design features as post-and-beam construction, open floorplans, flat or low-sloping A-framed roofs, glass transoms and clerestory windows, carports, skylights, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Among the Winnipeg homes built to Plumton’s CMHC designs are 42 Armour Crescent.
In the late 1970s Plumton was also the architect of the Reh-Fit centre building on Taylor Avenue in South River Heights.