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David Mohney

David Mohney is a Professor of Architecture in the College of Design.  He served as Dean of the College from 1994-2007.  Mohney has also taught at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City, the Graduate School of Design at Harvard, and SCI-Arc in Los Angeles.  He was educated at Cranbrook School in Michigan, Harvard College and Princeton’s School of Architecture.  As a practicing architect, Mohney has designed projects for clients such as SPY Magazine in New York City and the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey.

Mohney is the co-author of three books: Seaside: Making a Town in America; The Houses of Philip Johnson, and The Louisville Architecture Guide.  Seaside was awarded a Citation for Excellence in International Book Publishing by the American Institute of Architects. He is presently working on a book on contemporary design In Rotterdam, with support from the Graham Foundation and the Sutherland Foundation.  He has also curated and contributed to exhibitions in Rotterdam, New York, and Louisville.

Mohney was the Founding Secretary of the Curry Stone Design Prize, a global award for design ideas that promote a better world.

Office:  Miller Hall 203

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Phone: +1.859.333.0101



Princeton University
Master of Architecture

1971-1973, 1975-1977

Harvard College
A. B. magna cum laude in Fine Arts


Cranbrook School

Co-recipient, Faculty Senior Award


Publications and Awards:

“Rotterdam Rising: AIR’s First Decade,” in HUNCH, Summer 2010, Rotterdam, 2010.
“The Place of the Public in Architectural Education: A Case Study in Kentucky,” in Dana Cuff and John Wriedt, editors, Architecture: From the Outside In, Princeton Architectural Press, 2010.

“Anatomy of Our City,”  a review of Samuel Thomas, The Architectural History of Louisville 1778-1900 (Louisville, 2009), in Louisville Courier-Journal, October 11, 2009.

World Monument Fund Watch List 2005: Our nomination of the Inner Bluegrass region of Kentucky by the UK College of Design to the WMF Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites was accepted through a juried process.  It was one of eight sites in America chosen in 2005, and only the second American cultural landscape selected in the history of the WMF Watch List program.

AIA / Kentucky Distinguished Service Award, November 2004

The Louisville Guide, with Greg Luhan and Dennis Domer, Princeton Architectural Press, 2004

The Houses of Philip Johnson, with Stover Jenkins; essay by Neil Levine; Abbeville Press, 2001

Guest editor, ANY Magazine, No. 1, 1994, “Seaside and the Real World”

Seaside: Making a Town in America, with Keller Easterling, Princeton Architectural Press, 1991. (Seaside was awarded a Citation for Excellence at the International Architecture Book Awards by the American Institute of Architects in 1992)

Additionally, numerous op-ed essays have appeared in the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Lexington Herald Leader, and Business Lexington newspapers from 1995-2009.

Guest Lectures, Symposia and Public Presentations:

Invited speaker, “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Engagement,”
Held at Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT, August 2011

“The Legacy of Buildings: Learning from Historic Structures,” conference moderator at the Filson Society, Louisville, May 2011.

Invited speaker and session moderator, 361 Conference (Mumbai, India) on “Informal Settlements,” October 2010.

Curry Stone Design Prize presentation, Iberia-Americaniano Bienal (Medellin, Colombia), October 2010.

“Using Art to Change Communities,” moderator for discussion at the Creative Cities Summit, Lexington, April 2010.

“Reflections on Beginnings:” moderator for a discussion between Peter Eisenman and Michael Graves, Philadelphia University, May 2009.

“Rising on AIR;” lecture at Philadelphia University, March 2009.

“75th Anniversary of the Taliesin Fellowship:” moderator for a symposium: November 2007

“Michael Graves: 25th Anniversary of the Humana Building:” a public conversation, May 2007

“Lucky 13: Reflections on 13 Years at the University of Kentucky,” April 2007

“OMA and Louisville” – Moderator for a public symposium on the selection of OMA for a riverfront tower project in Louisville, November 2005

“4th Summit on Leadership in Sustainability” – Respondent to presentation by Arthur Gensler at Design Futures Council Conference, San Francisco, November 2005.

“Leadership through Design –Campus” – Panelist for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Administrators’ Conference, Baltimore, November 2005.

“Places and the Public” – Moderator for lecture in the University of Kentucky Preservation symposium, October 2005.

“Trends in Contemporary Campus Design” – Lecture for the Association of University Interior Designers annual conference, Lexington, October 2005.

“Sustainability in Architecture” – Moderator for a panel discussion at the AIA / Kentucky Annual Conference, October 2004.

“The New American City” – Lecture for the Lexington ideaFestival, September 2004.

“East Asia: Experiments in Architecture and Urbanism” – Moderator for a panel discussion on practice in Asia, and closing speaker for the symposium.  Sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Design, the University of Kentucky Asia Center, and the Lexington Ideafestival, September 2004.  (Participants included Akbar Abbas, Mario Gandelsonas, Jeffrey Inaba, Paul Waley, Kristin Stapleton, Don Choi, Akiko Takenaka-O’Brien, Carolina Hein, Donald Knapp, Vimalin Rujivacharakul, and Lu Hongyi.

“Architecture’s Transformative Power – Redrawing the Visual Landscape” – Co-organizer, speaker, and respondent at a symposium sponsored by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, March 2004.  (Participants included Daniel Libeskind, Kurt Andersen, Lisa Phillips, Emily Pulitzer, and Charles Desmarais)

“The Architectural Bienal/Biennale: A Framework for Cross-Cultural Disciplinary Dialog” – Co-chair and moderator, Special Focus Session, 2004 ACSA Annual Meeting, Miami, March 2004

“The Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy” – Panel member at Build Boston, November 2003.  (Panelists included Peter Steffian, Janet White, and Michiel Bourdrez)

“Clay Lancaster’s Architecture”—Moderator for panel at the Warwick Foundation Launch event, September 2003.

“Precedent and Innovation in Contemporary Housing” – Lecture to the Kentucky Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Bardstown, Kentucky, May 2003

“Creating a City” – Moderator and co-organizer for a symposium sponsored by the Louisville Development Authority and the Glenview Garden Club, March 2003.  (Participants included Barry Alberts, Alex Castro, Michael Rotondi, and Bill Streuver)

“The Transformative Power of Architecture” – Lecture presented at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, February 2003

“Design and Public Health” – Invited participant at a symposium sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Seaside, Florida, February 2003

“On Authenticity” – Lecture at the 10th Herbsakademie, Neukloster, Germany, November 2002.

“Beyond the Glass House: The Unknown Residential Architecture of Philip Johnson” – Lecture presented at the Filson Historical Society, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2002; University of Tennessee School of Architecture, April 2002; University of Kentucky College of Architecture, March 2002.

“A New Urban Paradigm for Design Education” – Invited participant (and inadvertent speaker), The Windsor Design Forum, Windsor, Florida, April 2002
“Seaside and the Media” – Panelist at 20th Anniversary symposium sponsored by the Seaside Institute, Seaside, Florida, December 2001

“The Real World and Seaside: A Reappraisal” – Keynote speaker at the AIA Regional Convention, Cincinnati, October 2001

“A Day of Architecture” - Co-chair and moderator for symposium on architecture and the arts at the Festival of Faith, Louisville, KY, November 1999.  Panelists included Robert A. M. Stern, Richard Moe, Michael Rotondi, and Sam Mockbee.

David Mohney

School of Architecture