After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Graduate School of Design, David Gauld worked for Japanese architect Arata Isozaki on the design of several museums, including the Guggenheim Museum SoHo. Since founding his own office, Gauld’s award-winning projects include retail stores, a synagogue, apartment remodels and houses. He is currently working on a new mountainside house in Asheville, North Carolina, and a museum expansion in Miami Beach.
Approach to residential design
Gauld does not start with a preconceived idea, but considers the client, program and site conditions to arrive at a unique solution for each project. He has worked in a range of architectural styles from Arts and Crafts to contemporary, depending on appropriateness or the client’s preference, but bringing to it a sensibility of our time. He strives to create a simple elegance in terms form, space and details. His comprehensive drawings and specifications anticipate the vagaries of the construction process, and he works closely with builders, drawing on their knowledge and abilities to achieve the finest end result.
Gauld’s work is distinguished by his ability to create dramatic but charming spaces that enhance enjoyment of a variety of intended uses throughout the cycle of the day and year.
Gauld’s work is most influenced by Arata Isozaki, the well-known Japanese architect who was Gauld’s teacher at Harvard and then employer. The many museum projects Gauld worked on with Isozaki are reflected in his serene spaces and clean detailing. Gauld and Isozaki have continued to collaborate on projects since Gauld started his own office