green design in Marin, Sonoma and beyond
Dave’s Bio • Awards • Trainings

marin green architect



Dave’s life work is designing environmentally-friendly homes, businesses and landscapes. He has created numerous transformative buildings full of heart, soul and spirit.


Early work

First work after architecture school (B. Arch., Penn State) was on the founding staff which built Elizabeth Wright Ingraham’s (Frank Lloyd Wright’s granddaughter) legendary environmental institute on the Colorado High Plains.


At age 26

Project Director for the architect (Malcolm Wells) for the largest privately- funded solar building in America (at the time) – the Cary Arboretum of the New York Botanical Gardens.


Major roles with pioneers in the sustainable design field:

Malcolm Wells in New Jersey

EHDD in San Francisco

Vice president of Van der Ryn Architects in Sausalito


Family home focus

Dave has designed environmentally-friendly new homes, remodels, and additions in California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, ranging from urban to off-grid rural.


Years of complex projects

Ranging from major aquariums, to the highest elevation U.S. embassy in the world (La Paz, Bolivia) to laboratories libraries, educational, child care, churches and spiritual centers, commercial and retail facilities, restaurants, land master planning (Turtle Bay Discovery Park in Redding) and wellness centers.


Some of the more unusual ventures

1. Designing functional Flying Buttresses to save the Gothic revival St Dominic’s Church in San Francisco after the Loma Prieta earthquake (at EHDD)

2. Land planning for organic burial (with Ecological Design Institute)

3. In three weeks – transforming San Francisco rowhouses (originally built circa 1965) from a rundown condition to bright, welcoming and efficient thru the strategic design/build of new finishes, colors and plantings.


Trainer and Teacher

Dave trains other professionals and students in innovative approaches in green building, healthy homes and environmental design.

Dave provides courses and workshops offered through De Anza College in Silicon Valley, San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Dominican University of California (San Rafael), the University of California at Berkeley extension in San Francisco and others.

Trainings Listing



Certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Licensed Architect, multiple states

LEED Accredited Professional


Awards (partial list)

First-ever “Livable Building” Award by the nation’s premier organization of building scientists (the Center for the Built Environment) – for both energy innovation and actual user’s satisfaction. Other awards include AIA San Francisco, Environmental Design + Construction, ASHRAE Technology Award Region 10, Silicon Valley Water Conservation Award, GRHC Green Roofs of Excellence, Columbia Solar Energy Association (Pacific Northwest), Passive Solar Home competition winner Portland General Electric, etc.


Media on projects (partial list)

New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset, People Magazine, Yoga Journal, Environmental Building News, Green Source, Marin Independent Journal, Denver Post, Portland Oregonian, Willamette Week, Cupertino Courier, Environmental Design + Construction, Landscape Architecture, Chronicle of Higher Education, Engineering News Record, Organic Gardening, Architectural Record, etc.


Talks on green design (partial list)

Commonwealth Club of California, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, UC Merced, Planning Cultures of Wellness Conf. (SCUP in Long Beach), Packard Foundation, Green Tech Workshop (Foothill-De Anza), City of Cupertino, Healthy Homes Clinic (San Rafael), Solfest of Real Goods Solar Living Center, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Humanities, HOPES Conf. (Univ. of Oregon,) Umpqua Community College, League of Women Voters conference (Reading, Penna.), Designed Collective of Loczi Design (San Francisco), Osaka Global School (sessions in Cupertino) Ecological Society of America national conference, Point Reyes Books, etc.



Energy Management and Building Science adjunct faculty, De Anza College Environmental Studies Department

Wildlife Corridor team for Coyote Valley Landscape Institute

Ecological Design Collaborative

Deep nature connection movement of Jon Young, 8 Shields Institute and allied organizations

US Green Building Council, Redwood Empire Chapter (USGBC-REC)

Pattern Language Association




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