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David R Messersmith FAIA

Name

[Messersmith FAIA, David R]
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture
  • Lecturer

Biography

David Messersmith, FAIA relocated to Dallas in 2004 after more than 25 years as an owner and principal of MWM Architects, Inc. with offices in Lubbock and Midland, Texas. Licensed in Texas since 1980, his experience in managing his own regional practice gives David a broad professional foundation.

Since his relocation to Dallas, he has been Associate Vice President in the Dallas office of HLM Design, Vice President at Rees Associates, Inc., and Senior Project Manager at Jacobs (formerly Carter & Burgess). He is currently a self-employed consultant, offering to select firms, a variety of professional services.

He is a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs, School of Architecture, where he teaches the Professional Practice course to graduate students in the Architecture Masters degree program and to undergraduates in the Interior Design program.

David brings refined and specialized skills in communication and facilitation to his professional roles in project and client management. He is experienced in facility programming and master planning for many project types. In addition, he has been responsible for budget and schedule oversight for numerous projects throughout his career.

Because of his focus on project and client management, David has experience in administering working relationships with facilities planning groups at public institutions. He has an insightful understanding of the professional services procurement and delivery processes for public institutions

Throughout his career, David has been active in service to his community, his alma mater, Texas Tech University, and to the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has participated in leadership development programs and served on charitable, civic, and governmental boards. In 2009, he was named the 29th Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Architecture of Texas Tech University.

He led the Texas Society of Architects as its president and served on the national AIA Board of Directors. David was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 1999 for outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture.

David’s perspective of the profession of architecture is shaped by his years of practice in small and large firms and enhanced by his leadership in the AIA at the local, state and national levels.

Professional Preparation

    • 1973 Barch in ArchitectureTexas Tech University

Appointments

    • Jan 2013 to Present Adjunct Instructor
      University of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

  • Professional
    • 1980 to Present American Institute of Architects  Texas Society of Architects  AIA/Dallas
    • 1977 to Present National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Awards and Honors

    • Dec  2015 President Texas Architectural Foundation sponsored by Texas Architectural Foundation
      Achievements: 2015-2016
    • Dec  2009 Distinguished Alumnus Texas Tech College of Architecture sponsored by Texas Tech University College of Architecture
    • Dec  1999 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects sponsored by American Institute of Architects
    • Dec  1994 President Texas Society of Architects sponsored by Texas Society of Architects
    • Dec  1977 American Institute of Architects National Board of Directors sponsored by American Institute of Architects
      Achievements: 1977-2000

Other Activities

    • Uncategorized
      • Tau Sigma Delta
      • College of Architecture Texas Tech University
      • College of Architecture Texas Tech University
      • American Institute of Architects

Research and Expertise

  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE)
    Registered Architect
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
    Certificate Holder

Courses

      • ARCH 5331-001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

        This course, for graduate students who will soon be entering the profession, is an introduction to the tenets and standards of architectural practice. The course surveys the administrative functions, ethical and legal responsibilities of the individual architect and architectural firms. The course presents an overview of the architect’s professional relationships and leadership positions with other business entities within and related to the profession of architecture.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 5331-001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

        This course, for graduate students who will soon be entering the profession, is an introduction to the tenets and standards of architectural practice. The course surveys the administrative functions, ethical and legal responsibilities of the individual architect and architectural firms. The course presents an overview of the architect’s professional relationships and leadership positions with other business entities within and related to the profession of architecture. The course materials are presented in an interactive fashion with emphasis on increasing the students’ exposure to, and skills with, oral and written communication. Students are asked to complete writing and speaking exercises both in class and outside of class.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • INTD 4332-001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE: INTERIOR DESIGN

        This course, for senior Interior Design students, is an introduction to the tenets and standards of practice. The course surveys the administrative functions, ethical and legal responsibilities of the individual interior designer and design firms. The course presents an overview of the interior designer’s professional relationships and leadership positions with other business entities within the design community. The course materials are presented in an interactive fashion with emphasis on increasing the students’ exposure to, and skills with, oral and written communication. Students are asked to complete writing and speaking activities inside and outside of class.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours
      • ARCH 5331-001 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

        This course, for graduate students who will soon be entering the profession, is an introduction to the tenets and standards of architectural practice. The course surveys the administrative functions, ethical and legal responsibilities of the individual architect and architectural firms. The course presents an overview of the architect’s professional relationships and leadership positions with other business entities within and related to the profession of architecture. The course materials are presented in an interactive fashion with emphasis on increasing the students’ exposure to, and skills with, oral and written communication. Students are asked to complete writing and speaking exercises both in class and outside of class.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2018Contact info & Office Hours

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • Aug 2016 Private Practice