David Riz

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David Riz

David Mark Riz is a principal at Ballinger, a leading national firm in the areas of academic, research, healthcare and corporate planning and design. Prior to this position, Riz was with KieranTimberlake, a practice recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise and innovative design. In nearly 20 years at KieranTimberlake, David created carefully crafted, site-specific architecture that enriched human interaction, responded to the environment, and artfully celebrated the everyday. He continues to engage clients on a broad range of topics including integrated project delivery, new materials, optimal living and learning environments and environmental stewardship. David has led many award-winning projects, several of which have been featured in publications including Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, TIME, The New York Times, and Wired. His current projects include the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and a new Student Innovation Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a contributing writer to Taiwan’s Interior Magazine, has had his writing published in architectural journals and books, and is a frequent lecturer and juror at universities and conferences, where he has spoken about the integration of research and design, advocating for excellence in architecture that inspires new models of practice. David earned his B.Arch. from Temple University in 1985 (where he received the Thesis Prize) and his M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Prior to joining KieranTimberlake, David practiced architecture in Japan and taught design in Taiwan. He was inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 2016. Riz currently serves as the chair of the Board of Visitors at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture.