David Riz puts theories about design, construction, and collaboration into practice, creating carefully crafted, site-specific architecture that enriches human interaction, responds to the environment, and artfully celebrates the everyday.
David practiced architecture in Japan and taught design in Taiwan prior to joining KieranTimberlake in 1999. He has led projects that employ experimental construction methodologies with radically altered supply chains and lofty sustainable goals. These include the recently completed Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, as well as Cellophane House™, a fully recyclable, energy-gathering dwelling exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, and Loblolly House, an off-site fabricated house that proposes a new, more efficient method of building enabled by building information modeling and integrated component assemblies. He is currently in charge of the Folger Shakespeare Library master plan, the North Campus Housing project at the University of Washington, and a Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University.
Focusing on promoting open, collaborative exchanges that foster design, David has significant experience with the large-scale integration of architecture, landscape, and the public realm. He was responsible for several campus projects such as the Northwest Campus Housing Infill at University of California Los Angeles; a master plan for a new Liberal Arts Campus for Yale University and the National University of Singapore; and the West Campus Residential Initiative at Cornell University.
He has led numerous award-winning projects, including 1315 Hill Street Apartments in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Durham Academy Lower School in Durham, North Carolina; and the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Projects he has led have been featured in Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, TIME, The New York Times, and Wired.
David is a contributing writer to Taiwan's Interior Magazine, and his writing is published in architectural journals such as Design Intelligence as well as books including The Owner's Dilemma: Driving Success and Innovation in the Design and Construction Industry and Designing Relationships: The Art of Collaboration in Architecture. He is a frequent lecturer and juror at universities and conferences, where he has spoken about the integration of research and design and has advocated for excellence in architecture that inspires new models of practice. He has also served on local, state, and national design juries including the 2009 AIA Gold Medal and Architecture Firm Award and was the jury chair for the AIA New York State and AIA Iowa Design Awards.