David Hertz, FAIA

David has been working at the edge of sustainability and the forefront of regenerative architecture for over 35 years. As a systems thinker David engages a variety of fields through design and believes in expanding the conceptual limits of architecture.

Throughout his career, David has connected the art of building with responsible stewardship of the Earth. A LEED accredited professional, he serves on the board of Heal The Bay and is a member of the City of Santa Monica’s Task Force on the Environment. David taught sustainable design and mentored students at SCI-Arc, Art Center College of Design, and USC, and currently serves on the Academic Advisory Committee for UCLA’s Extension Program.

A lifelong passion for surfing has made David keenly active in issues regarding water quality and access. He and his wife Laura founded Skysource to develop and distribute atmospheric water generation technology, and their efforts culminated in winning the Water Abundance XPRIZE. Since then, they have focused on making communities more resilient through better design, planning, and products. Having been spared the devastation of the Woolsey Fire, David is committed to helping friends and neighbors rebuild their homes and lives.

David received a B.Arch from SCI-Arc, and worked for acclaimed architects John Lautner and Frank Gehry before founding Syndesis Inc. The company designed furniture, installations, and buildings in addition to inventing Syndecrete, a patented material made from recycled concrete and other industrial waste. Syndesis ultimately evolved into the Studio of Environmental Architecture, an interdisciplinary office located in the heart of Venice, CA. David’s diverse body of work includes the 747 Wing House and the ongoing restoration of the historic Tony Duquette estate.