Mr. David W. Hinson

Professor of Architecture & Head of School of Architecture
Auburn, Alabama
United States

Focus Areas

Economic Security
Community Development
Higher Education
Leadership Development


David Hinson serves as Professor and Head of the School of Architecture, Planning, & Landscape Architecture at Auburn University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1997. In addition to his role as School Head, Prof. Hinson teaches lecture courses in professional practice and seminars on collaborative process and leadership. Prof. Hinson 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. Prof. Hinson also leads the award-winning DESIGNhabitat Program, an ongoing collaboration with Habitat for Humanity that focuses on innovative strategies for affordable housing design and construction. He is co-author of Designed for Habitat: Collaborations with Habitat for Humanity, published by Routledge Press in 2012. Prof. 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/ACSA Housing Education Award (2010), 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). Prior to joining the faculty at Auburn, Hinson practiced for 15 years in Philadelphia. His work in the Philadelphia community earned a Kellogg National Leadership Fellowship (1991), and the Philadelphia AIA's Young Architect Award (1993). Prof. Hinson holds a Master of Architecture (1983) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Architecture (1982) from Auburn University.