Adjunct Associate Professor David Chamberlain is new to the RIT/GIS faculty this year. He holds degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Fine Arts from Princeton, the University of Colorado and the University of Pennsylvania. His senior Architecture design thesis, “The Design for an Arts Center and Program at the Purnell School”, was under construction when he handed it in, and he worked in the building for three years… discovering his mistakes firsthand - an educational experience he recommends for all emerging architects.
David has enjoyed a lifetime fascination with the human compositional process - how we perceive, think and make things. He believes that we are designed to create, and created to design: that building things is in our genes. The challenge, of course, is to build things beautifully and well… an valuable aspiration he feels can be taught, learned and applied.
In pursuing these interests he has collaborated with artists, architects, designers, poets, musicians, composers and dancers from many cultures and backgrounds. He has performed in over 700 concerts as a vocalist, and over 200 of his artworks appear in the collections of art museums and institutions around the world. He has built, flown (and landed) several award-winning ultralight aircraft.
Professor Chamberlain has taught at Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and Rivier College. He is a member of the ASLA, an Associate member of the AIA, and as a proponent of sustainability best practices and high performance design he hopes to earn his LEED AP credential in 2014.