David Hacin, FAIA


David J. Hacin FAIA is the founding Principal and Creative Director of Hacin + Associates, a multi-disciplinary architecture and design firm that has received regional, national, and international recognition for its broad portfolio of architecture, interior design, graphics, and branding. Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked in his father’s architectural practice, Mr. Hacin has long been influenced by history, craftsmanship, and a strong sense of a region’s evolving design identity. Driven by a dual interest in international trends and the desire to create authentic places and spaces, David has developed a philosophy that marries these local and global influences to promote a design expression that unapologetically reflects its own time and place. H+A’s projects have often been described as catalytic – whether in style, program or place. The firm’s dedicated team of architects and designers seek a wide variety of projects, believing that the studio’s multi-disciplinary work is enriched from tackling diverse challenges of type, scale and audience.

As an adopted Bostonian and civic activist, David is an outspoken advocate for enhancing the city’s public realm and design identity, particularly in the city’s vibrant South End neighborhood where he has lived and practiced for three decades. He has been a member of the Boston Civic Design Commission since 2003, was a founding co-chair of the Design Industry Groups of Massachusetts and serves on the Board of Directors for Historic Boston Inc., a non-profit organization that rehabilitates historic and culturally significant properties in Boston. David was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010 and has served on the Board of Directors of the Boston Society of Architects as Commissioner of Urban Design; as chair of both the Honors and Awards Committee and the Urban Design Awards Committee; and, as the Jury Chair for the Harleston Parker Award, the BSA’s most prestigious award for a work of architecture in the Boston area. David’s contribution to the profession and the community has made him the recipient of awards and honors such as Residential Architect Magazine’s ‘Rising Star’ award, Bostinno’s ’50 on Fire’, induction into the New England Design Hall of Fame for Architecture, a Mayoral Proclamation by the City of Boston, and being named an ‘Arts Champion’ by the Boston Center for the Arts for his service as the organization’s Board Chair during the construction of the Calderwood Pavilion, Boston’s first new theater complex built in over 100 years.

David received his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University summa cum laude and his Masters of Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has lectured and taught architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Northeastern University, where he currently serves on the School’s Advisory Board. He has participated in lectures and symposia across the US and abroad, including a recent TedX talk, and is a frequent guest critic at many other schools of architecture around the country, including the Harvard GSD, the MIT School of Architecture, the University of Virginia and others. David is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards [NCARB].