David Epstein, AIA, LEED AP
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Education and Workplace
Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
University of Connecticut, College of Engineering, Honors Program
NCARB; Registered Architect in Vermont, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Florida
Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility
Chair, Board of Directors, 2022
Board of Directors, 2012-present
AIA Vermont President, 2005
Vermont Foodbank, Board of Trustees, 2001-2009
Shelburne Historic Preservation & Design Review Commission
LEED Accredited Professional
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in School Design, ACX 2022: Modern Learning Environments: Schools, Universities & Workplaces, Vermont 2022
Planning Our Future: School Facilities Planning, Vermont Superintendents Association Conference, November 2019
21st Century Learning in 20th Century Buildings: Ways To Improve Your Current Classroom, Vermont Superintendents Association Conference, May 2015
Lead Presenter at International Facilities Management Conference, Bangkok, Thailand, 2014. Talks on sustainability, security, and preconstruction planning.
Digital Crayon Series
It wasn’t until college that I developed an interest in architecture. In my first art class, my professor was an architect who had a great passion for controversial works — his enthusiasm was infectious. One day I spoke with friends about my growing interest and how fascinating it would be to be an architect. They challenged me to pursue that course – and I am still challenged today.
I enjoy practicing an art that has profound social relevance and technological sophistication. Architecture represents a synthesis of competing forces and, at its best, inspires and challenges the way we live and think about our world.
Perhaps the biggest and best surprise about architecture is the highly collaborative nature of making places. As architects, we work at the crossroads of the owner, builder and consultants and our role in the process is not unlike conducting an orchestra. This interaction is most effective and rewarding part of creating great buildings.