David Hotson Architect is a full-service architectural design firm based in New York City.
The office has extensive experience with all types of residential architecture, including new houses, house additions and renovations, co-op and condominium apartment and loft renovations, adaptive reuse and infill projects, and renovations and enlargements of historic townhouse buildings. The firm also specializes in offices and studios for creative companies and projects in the art world --including museums, galleries, alternative art spaces, and studios and residences for artists and collectors.
Biography: David Hotson was born in Pennsylvania and raised in rural Colorado and southern Ontario Canada. After completing a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Waterloo, where he was awarded an Ontario Association of Architects Prize, David received a Master of Architecture degree from the Yale University School of Architecture.
In his second year at Yale, David was selected by the faculty of the School of Architecture to represent Yale in the annual competition for the Skidmore Owings and Merrill Foundation Traveling Fellowship, and was ultimately selected by the SOMF jury as one of three graduate architecture students nationwide to receive the fellowship. The fellowship provided for a year of independent travel around the Mediterranean, from Turkey to Portugal.
After completing the architecture program at Yale, David moved to New York City and established his private practice shortly thereafter in 1991.
Early Work and Collaborations: In the first years of independent practice David Hotson began a long period of collaborations with Yale classmate Maya Lin, acting as the executive architect on a series of projects that she attracted as her Vietnam Veterans Memorial –designed while she was an undergraduate at Yale- was completed to wide acclaim. Early projects included the Museum for African Art in SoHo, a suite of offices and galleries for the Asia/Pacific-American Institute at New York University, and an apartment for software entrepreneur and art-world philanthropist Peter Norton.
From these early collaborative experiences the office has developed an extensive track record of working in association with artists, designers, and other architects to execute projects with demanding detailing and progressive design values. The body of collaborative work undertaken by the office has included projects with noted architects such as David Adjaye of London, Santiago Calatrava of Valencia and Zurich, Hayaki Kita of Osaka, and Ricardo Legorretta of Mexico City, and other architects, artists, and designers based in the US, the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Armenia, and Japan.
Among these international collaborations was the renovation of the Offices of the Secretary General of the United Nations, for which David Hotson was the executive architect.