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David Hertz
Architect, Founder & President
Skysource,  Studio of Environmental Architecture

David Hertz,  FAIA LEED. AP

Architect / Founder S.E.A. Studio of Environmental Architecture


Architect David Hertz is the founder and president of David Hertz FAIA Architects,inc. and S.E.A., the Studio of Environmental Architecture, which he established in 1984.


David graduated  with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1983 and worked in the office of Architect, John Lautner FAIA for several years. After travel and study in Europe, David returned to serve his internship in the office of Frank O. Gehry and Associates FAIA before opening his own firm in 1984. Having won most of the Young Architects Awards early in his career, a few more recent highlights include winning the Distinguished Alumni award from SCI-ARC in 2007 and in 2008  was elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows as one of it’s youngest member in it’s over 155 year history.


David Hertz’ award winning work has been widely published and exhibited internationally and are too numerous to list, some highlights include exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),The Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and the National Building Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as inclusion the Venice and Istanbul Architectural biennale’s, having won the American Architecture Award in 2009 and 2012 respectively.


The work of S.E.A has been included in over a hundred books and periodicals world wide. Key highlights include two covers of Dwell, included in Met Home’s Design 100 and in 2009 was featured in a profile in Vanity Fair Magazine. Recently, Hertz’ 747 Wing House won a 2012 Record Houses award and a Special  Acknowledgement accommodation from the AIACC American Institute of Architects California Council Residential Design Award for 2012.


David is a founding member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as well as the USGBÇ United States Green Building Council and was involved in the first LEED Platinum Commercial and Residential Projects in the U.S.  Since 1990 David has been on the  Academic Advisory Committee and  the faculty of the UCLA Arc- ID  Program teaching sustainable design courses. David has also taught at the USC School of Architecture, SCI-ARC and Art Center College of Design. David  has been serving on the Task Force of the Environment for the City of Santa Monica for over a decade, and is involved in numerous social and environmental non- profits worldwide.

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