David Hertz

Studio of Environmental Architecture / Skysource

Architect David Hertz is the founder and president of David Hertz FAIA Architects, inc. and S.E.A., the Studio of Environmental Architecture, which he established as Syndesis in 1984 and skysource.org in 2016.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC) in 1983. In 2006 David was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Sci-Arc. In 2008 David was elected to the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows as one of it’s youngest members in it’s over 155-year history.

David Hertz’ award-winning work has been widely published and exhibited internationally some highlights include exhibitions in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA),The Smithsonian Museums of Natural History and the National Building Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Museum as well as inclusion the Venice and Istanbul Architectural biennale’s, having won the American Architecture Award in 2009 and 2012 respectively.

David is a founding member of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as well as the USGBÇ and was involved in the first LEED Platinum Commercial and Residential Projects in the U.S. Since 1990 David has been on the Academic Advisory Committee and the faculty of the UCLA Arc- ID Program teaching sustainable design courses.
David has also taught at the USC School of Architecture, SCI-ARC and Art Center College of Design.

David has been serving on the Task Force of the Environment for the City of Santa Monica for over 20 years co-authoring the cities Green Building Ordinance, David serves on the board of directors of Heal The Bay and is involved in numerous social and environmental non- profits profiting pro- bono services, including founding the GO Water Initiative with the Go Campaign where he is bringing Skywater atmospheric water generators through skysource.org to address water scarcity and water quality worldwide.

In 2018 David, led Skysource to the Grand Prize in the Water Abundance XPRIZE out of a field of 98 teams from 27 countries to make 2,000 liters of water from air in 24 hours using 100% renewable energy at a cost of less than 2 cents/ liter. In 2019 Skysource’s WeDew was awarded the General Excellence award for Developing World Technology in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards which drew over 2,000 applicants.