David Herd is a partner at Buro Happold with experience in sustainable, integrated building design and master planning. His philosophy is that successful design is achieved through influencing the architectural language, form, function and fabric of a building, master plan or landscape to minimize the environmental impact of energy, water, material, and waste.
Over a 25 year career, David’s willingness to involve himself and collaborate during each project phase from conceptual design to construction has continually aided his teams in achieving the highest levels of sustainability through consistently innovative solutions tailored to each project’s unique challenges.
David is a member of the California Congress of the Institute for Living Futures and on the core advisory panel for the Thom Mayne NOW Institute. He has lectured at the Calpoly School of Architecture and lectured at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
His views on social, economic and environmental issues associated with sustainability are regularly published including articles on the benefits of California High Speed Rail in the Architects Newspaper and KCRW Which Way LA.
Speaking engagements include the 2016 Greenbuild Conference: “Blue is the New Green: Designing Towards Net Zero Water”; 2014 SCUP Pacific Conference: “Emerson College – Live, Work, Learn, Plan – a 24/7 Hollywood Campus”; 2014 Facades Design and Delivery West Conference: Facing your Challenges Head-on”; 2013 AIA National Convention: “The Architect, Urban Design and Transport Engineer as Civic Leaders – The LA Union Station Master Plan”; and 2011 Design Future Council – Leadership in Sustainability Conference.