Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Architecture, Auburn University
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Auburn University
David Hinson has been a member of the faculty of the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture since 1997. After serving as School Head for more than 10 years, Prof. Hinson returned to teaching in 2017. His teaching focus includes design studio, lecture courses in professional practice, and seminars on leadership and collaborative practice. In addition, he is actively engaged in research into the evolving challenges of architectural practice and how higher education can best prepare students to succeed as professionals and as community leaders. Hinson is also active in the award-winning DESIGNhabitat Program, an ongoing collaboration between the School of Architecture and Habitat for Humanity that focuses on innovative strategies for affordable housing design and construction, which Hinson began in 2001. He is the co-author of Designed for Habitat: Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity, published by Routledge in 2012.
Hinson's efforts in the studio and classroom have earned him regional and national acclaim, including election to the AIA College of Fellows (2008), the AIA Education Honor Award (2008), the AIAS National Educator Honor Award (2007), two ACSA Collaborative Practice Awards (2002 & 2007), a national AIA Housing Award (2007), an AIA Alabama Honor Award (2006), and a HUD Secretary's Silver Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing (2002).
Before beginning as a full time educator, Hinson practiced for 15 years in Philadelphia. His work in the Philadelphia community earned Hinson a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship (1991), and the Philadelphia Young Architect Award (1993). Hinson has sustained an active design practice since coming to Auburn, and has earned numerous state and local awards for residential design.
Prof. Hinson holds a Master of Architecture (1983) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture (1982) from Auburn University.