David Herd is the managing partner of Buro Happold’s California region with significant experience in high performance building design and sustainable master planning.
David believes in achieving successful design through influencing the architectural language, form, function and fabric of a building or landscape to minimize environmental impacts of energy, water, material, and waste.
Over a nearly 30-year career, David’s highly collaborative approach and distinct leadership skills have enabled his teams to achieve the highest levels of sustainability with unique innovative engineering solutions, tailored to each project’s unique challenges. He recently led the California team in the delivery of the Santa Monica City Services Building, a highly sustainable net zero energy and net zero water building that is the first Living Building Challenge certified project for a municipality in California. David also led the Los Angeles Countywide Sustainability Plan – the first countywide sustainability plan for the 88 cities and nearly 11 million residents of Los Angeles County which seeks to balance the environment, equity, and the economy.
Having been at the forefront of over 250 prominent projects across all sectors in the U.S., David is proud to walk the talk with our own Los Angeles office, which is LEED Platinum certified, a JUST label recipient, and WELL CertifiedTM Gold. David is an Industry Advisor for the USGBC-LA Accelerator program and a member of the core advisory panel for the Thom Mayne NOW Institute. He has lectured at the Calpoly School of Architecture and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.