"The pendulum swing between architects seeing themselves as artists or as technicians exacts a high price on the profession. Architects do architecture, which is a very complex thing in itself." - Rafael Viñoly
"My design philosophy is rooted in the development of architectural ideas that are powerful, distinctive, and relevant to the specifics of both program and context." - Rafael Viñoly
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David Hodge is currently the project director of the Mina Zayed Waterfront Development, a 5,000,000 sqft mixed-use project in Abu Dhabi for which he manages the day-to-day project operations, coordinating the consultant team through the schematic design stage. Previously, he was the project manager for enclosure systems and fenestration on both phases of a new healthcare and research facility for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the West Research Tower. On this project, he focused on the design and detailing of all exterior glazing and cladding, in addition to site landscaping and contractor coordination through construction.
He also has extensive on-site experience, first for the John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland, where he worked on integrating the project’s structural, waterproofing, and civil engineering criteria with the building design. He put together early foundation bid packages, ensuring early fast-track scheduling of the building core and shell.
Mr. Hodge subsequently worked as a project architect at the site office for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Due to the large scale of this research campus, his key role was organizing the information that shaped the overall campus design, from the original architectural concept through construction. He led the design, contractor coordination, and construction oversight for the structural, civil, waterproofing, and landscape roof systems, helped achieve the creation of one of the largest green roofs in the United States. He was also responsible for the campus site planning as it related to the project’s expansive 689-acre site.
He also assisted the 2005 Rafael Viñoly Research Fellow, Joe Hagerman, in the development and design of a modular green roof system, which they jointed presented at a keynote address in Boston. Mr. Hodge is continuing to help manage the Rafael Viñoly Architects Training and Research program as the firm expands its offerings to commemorate its twenty-fifth year in business.
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (Architectural Theory concentration), 2001
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10th International Architecture Exhibition of Keynote Address, “Optimizing the Building Envelope Using Green Roofs: A Discussion of Architectural and Energy Performance Requirements,” 11 May 2006 (Boston, Massachusetts)
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