David Hacin, FAIA
President | Creative Director
David J. Hacin, FAIA is the Founding Principal and Creative Director of Hacin, an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded in Boston in 1993. Along with a 30+ person team dedicated to design excellence and client service, David has received extensive media coverage and over 80 regional, national, and international awards in recognition of the studio’s broad portfolio of architecture, interior design, graphics, and branding.
The son of an architect and born in Geneva, Switzerland, David received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University summa cum laude and his Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with distinction. David has served on the Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Board and as a guest critic and lecturer at design schools across the country, including Northeastern University, the Harvard GSD, MIT, the University of Virginia, Kansas State University, and the Boston Architectural College. David has participated as a member of numerous design juries and panels, given a TedX talk, recorded multiple podcasts, and guest-edited the journal ArchitectureBoston. He has led the firm in instructing a graduate architectural design studio at Roger Williams University’s School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation as a teaching firm in residence in 2018 and 2022.
David is proud to have served for nearly twenty years as a Mayoral appointee to the Boston Civic Design Commission, the City of Boston’s design review panel for significant projects that impact the public realm. Additionally, David has been an active volunteer on behalf of several community, professional and non-profit organizations, including the Boston Society of Architects, the Design Industry Groups of Massachusetts, Historic Boston Inc., and the Boston Center for the Arts, where he served as the Board Chair during a pivotal time of the organization’s celebrated rejuvenation.
In 2010, David was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. With more than 35 years of professional experience, he has been personally recognized for his public service to the City of Boston and received numerous awards for his contributions to design. When not in the studio, David and his husband, Tim, can be found road-tripping around New England with their indomitable miniature schnauzer, Walter.