David Heymann is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in the School of Architecture. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union, and a Master's Degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Heymann worked for Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, and I.M Pei and Partners, prior to founding his own firm. The focus of Heymann’s design practice, writing and research is the complex relationship of buildings and landscapes, particularly natural landscapes. His architectural work has been variously published and recognized with design honors, including selection for Emerging Voices by the Architecture League of New York. Heymann serves as a contributing writer for PLACES Journal. His book of short stories, My Beautiful City Austin, was published in November 2014. Excerpts from the book – and the book itself – are available at www.davidheymannauthor.com.
In addition to design studios, Heymann teaches two required courses – Site Design and Architecture Theory 1 – as well as the theory seminar Architectural Photography : Digital Potential. He has taught for the SOA program in Italy, and has taken students to study in Japan. Heymann’s teaching has been recognized with numerous awards, including the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, the Texas Society of Architects’ Romeiniec Teaching Award, the Friars’ Centennial Award, and the University of Texas Ex-student Teaching Award, among others. He is a member of the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teaching Professors, and an ACSA Distinguished Teaching Professor. Heymann served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs from 1998 to 2003. In 2014 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).