David Lever, AIA, D.Arch

Adjunct Instructor

B.A., Cornell University

M.Arch., Harvard

D.Arch, Rice University

B.A., Cornell University

M.Arch., Harvard

D.Arch, Rice University

Dr. David Lever has taught urban design at the WAAC since 1993. His courses include Theory of Urban Form as well as seminars on city form in its relation to political culture, the public realm, the environment, and urban symbolism. Theory of Urban Form addresses crucial urban design paradigms, from the Parks Movement to New Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism, examining the influence of theory on the making of urban elements at the scale of the city and the detail. In the targeted seminars, students undertake research on specific topics in pursuit of a valid approach to 21st century urban design, particularly as applicable to the contemporary condition of low-density metropolitan dispersal. All courses involve exercises in the application of urban design principles and vocabulary to situations in the Washington Metropolitan area.

As principal of Educational Facilities Planning LLC since 2016, Dr. Lever has advised local boards of education, local and state governments, and private entities on a range of K-12 educational facility matters, including strategic master plans, project implementation, facility design, educational specifications, funding and financing, and organizational matters. As executive director of the Maryland Public School Construction Program from 2003 to 2016, he was responsible for the management of state funding for capital school projects throughout Maryland. His organization collaborated with three other state agencies to assist local school districts in the programming, planning, design, and construction of state-funded projects. Under his leadership, the state agency promoted high performance schools, innovative design and construction methodologies, alternative procurement and financing approaches, and the integration of school facilities with neighborhoods and community services.

Dr. Lever was Director of Planning and Architectural services for Prince George County Public Schools from 2001 until 2003, following four years as Capital Improvement Program Officer. Previously, Dr. Lever had 24 years of experience in private sector construction, architectural practice, and community planning. In addition to teaching at Virginia Tech, he has taught architectural design, urban design, and planning at the Boston Architecture Center, Rice University, and the University of Houston.

dlever@vt.edu