David Hacin, FAIA, Founding Principal and President, Hacin + Associates

David J. Hacin FAIA is the founding Principal and President of Hacin + Associates.

Mr. Hacin founded H+A in Boston in 1993 after practicing architecture and urban design in a number of well-known firms including SOM/Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the Office of City Planning for New York City [Manhattan], Gwathmey Siegel Associates, CBT Architects, and his father’s architecture firm, Hacin and Associates, in Geneva, Switzerland. More recently, David also served as a principal at Sasaki Associates, an internationally acclaimed inter-disciplinary design firm with which H+A continues to collaborate on a wide range of projects.

Born in Geneva, David received his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University summa cum laude in 1983 and his Masters of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1987. He has lectured and taught architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Northeastern University, where he currently serves on the School of Architecture’s Advisory Council. David Hacin has participated in numerous symposia in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East and is a frequent guest critic at many other schools of architecture around the country, including the Harvard GSD, the MIT School of Architecture, the University of Virginia and others. He has lectured widely on urbanism, design and the work of H+A to a broad range of audiences in the United States and abroad, including events sponsored by the Boston and New York chapters of the American Institute of Architects, Swissnex San Francisco, and at schools of architecture and interior design across the country.

Named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010, David Hacin is a member of the Boston Civic Design Commission, the city’s design review panel for significant projects that impact the public realm, and was a founding co-chair of DIGMA [Design Industry Groups of Massachusetts], a design industry initiative that seeks to raise the profile of design as an important economic sector of the regional economy. A long-time member of the Boston Society of Architects, David has served on the Board of Directors of the BSA as Commissioner of Urban Design; as chair of both the Honors and Awards Committee and the Urban Design Awards Committee; and, as the Jury Chair for the Harleston Parker Award, the BSA’s most prestigious award for a work of architecture in the Boston area. Most recently, David served as the first Guest Editor of a special issue on innovation and change for ArchitectureBoston magazine, the quarterly journal of the Boston Society of Architects. David is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB].

David Hacin is also active in a number of charities and non-profit organizations focused on working to strengthen the connection of the arts to community. He has served as a Board Member and Chair of the Boston Center for the Arts; in 2008, he was honored for his service with a Mayoral proclamation by the City of Boston and named an ‘Arts Champion’ by the BCA, an award previously given only to Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. A recipient of Residential Architect Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’ award for leadership in residential design practice in 2005, David Hacin has since received a number of awards for his contributions to the profession and the community, including his 2009 induction into the New England Design Hall of Fame for Architecture. In 2012, David received a ’50 on Fire’ award from the online innovation news site Bostinno for his “outstanding contribution to raising Boston’s visibility as a global design and architecture hub”. Most recently, David joined the Board of Directors for Historic Boston Incorporated, a non-profit organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston.