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  • David Leven

    Associate Professor of Architecture


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    David Leven


    David Leven is a partner at LEVENBETTS, an award winning New York City based architecture practice, and a tenured Associate Professor at Parsons School of Constructed Environments. David holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University, a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and attended the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

    David’s professional practice, LEVENBETTS, was founded with Stella Betts in 1997 and focuses on projects at all scales of urban design, public buildings, houses and housing, workspaces, exhibitions and furniture. The office employs investigation based in art practices and visual culture, interrogation of spatial, programmatic and site givens and a deep knowledge of building systems to make architecture. LEVENBETTS has won several NYC AIA awards (2015, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2005, 2004, 2003), a New York State AIA Award (2015), a Chicago Athenaeum Award (2015), the Architectural League’s Young Architects Forum and Emerging Voices Awards (2009), Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard (2007) award, I.D. Annual Design Review Award (2004). The work of the office has been exhibited at Parsons, University of Texas at Austin, the Aedes Foundation in Berlin, the Center for Architecture in New York among other locales. The work of LEVENBETTS has been published in design magazines and books, and Princeton Architectural Press published a monograph on the firm’s work in 2008, called Pattern Recognition.

    David has lectured widely and has an been an invited juror and lecturer at such schools as Columbia, Yale, Princeton, Harvard and University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, University of Illinois Urbana – Champagne, University of Nebraska, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Hong Kong University and School of Architecture at the University of Limerick; and at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AK, the Center for Architecture in New York, the Chengdu Arts and Design Biennial – Get it Louder - in Chengdu China.

    David has served on advisory panels at the Architectural League of New York, the New School, the Forum for Urban Design, the Van Alen Institute, the New York City Housing Authority Design Excellence program and Civic Consulting USA and holds architectural registration in New York and New Jersey.


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    Construction Technology 2: Rec

    Design Studio 2

    Design Studio 6 (Spring 2020)

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