David Childs

Architect CHICAGO / United States

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David Childs
David M. Childs is Chairman Emeritus of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He continues to serve as consulting designer on selected projects in SOM’s New York office. A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, Mr. Childs joined the Washington, D.C. office of SOM in 1971 after serving as Design Director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Commission under the leadership of Nathaniel Owings and Daniel P. Moynihan. In 1984, Mr. Childs relocated to SOM’s New York office, where he became the office’s Senior Design Partner. Mr. Childs has served as the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission and the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, both Presidential appointments. Among other institutions, he has been actively engaged on the boards of the American Academy in Rome (Chairman), the Municipal Art Society (Chairman), the National Building Museum (Chairman), the Museum of Modern Art, the Architectural League, and the National Housing Partnership Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Childs’ completed projects in Washington include the 1976 Washington Mall master plan and Constitution Gardens; headquarter buildings for the National Geographic and the U.S. News and World Report; the Four Seasons, Regent and Park Hyatt hotels; and the expansion of the Dulles Airport main terminal. In New York, a sampling of his diverse range of completed projects includes Worldwide Plaza (the subject of an 8-part television documentary); the New York Mercantile Exchange; the JFK International Arrivals Building; the Bear Stearns (now J.P. Morgan) eadquarters; the master plan for Riverside South; the renovation and preservation of Lever House; the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle; and 7 World Trade Center, the first tower rebuilt on Ground Zero after 9/11. Other major projects by Mr. Childs in the United States include the Swiss Bank Center in Stamford, Connecticut; a Natatorium and a Math, Science and Technology Building, both at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts; and the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia. Internationally, Mr. Childs has completed such projects as the new Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada; the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel; West Ferry Circus at Canary Wharf in London; the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; and Tokyo Midtown, a 5.4-million-squarefoot mixed-use development in the heart of the Roppongi District. Mr. Childs’ design of One World Trade Center (formerly named the Freedom Tower) at the World Trade Center at Ground Zero, is currently under construction. He is currently working on the new Moynihan Train Station in New York City, and a mixed-use tower of retail, specialty office, hotel and residential uses in the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. Mr. Childs has juried, often as Chairman, numerous local and national design awards; participated as a visiting critic or studio leader at leading professional schools of architecture; and has been a lecturer or panelist at numerous conferences and symposia. His design work has been widely published locally, nationally and internationally
David Childs
David Childs
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David M. Childs is Chairman Emeritus of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He continues to serve as consulting designer on selected projects in SOM’s New York office. A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Yale College and the Yale School of Art and Architecture, Mr. Childs joined the Washington, D.C. office of SOM in 1971 after serving as Design Director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Commission under the leadership of Nathaniel Owings and Daniel P. Moynihan. In 1984, Mr. Childs relocated to SOM’s New York office, where he became the office’s Senior Design Partner. Mr. Childs has served as the Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission and the Chairman of the Commission of Fine Arts in Washington, both Presidential appointments. Among other institutions, he has been actively engaged on the boards of the American Academy in Rome (Chairman), the Municipal Art Society (Chairman), the National Building Museum (Chairman), the Museum of Modern Art, the Architectural League, and the National Housing Partnership Foundation. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Childs’ completed projects in Washington include the 1976 Washington Mall master plan and Constitution Gardens; headquarter buildings for the National Geographic and the U.S. News and World Report; the Four Seasons, Regent and Park Hyatt hotels; and the expansion of the Dulles Airport main terminal. In New York, a sampling of his diverse range of completed projects includes Worldwide Plaza (the subject of an 8-part television documentary); the New York Mercantile Exchange; the JFK International Arrivals Building; the Bear Stearns (now J.P. Morgan) eadquarters; the master plan for Riverside South; the renovation and preservation of Lever House; the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle; and 7 World Trade Center, the first tower rebuilt on Ground Zero after 9/11. Other major projects by Mr. Childs in the United States include the Swiss Bank Center in Stamford, Connecticut; a Natatorium and a Math, Science and Technology Building, both at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts; and the U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia. Internationally, Mr. Childs has completed such projects as the new Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Canada; the Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel; West Ferry Circus at Canary Wharf in London; the United States Embassy in Ottawa, Canada; and Tokyo Midtown, a 5.4-million-squarefoot mixed-use development in the heart of the Roppongi District. Mr. Childs’ design of One World Trade Center (formerly named the Freedom Tower) at the World Trade Center at Ground Zero, is currently under construction. He is currently working on the new Moynihan Train Station in New York City, and a mixed-use tower of retail, specialty office, hotel and residential uses in the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. Mr. Childs has juried, often as Chairman, numerous local and national design awards; participated as a visiting critic or studio leader at leading professional schools of architecture; and has been a lecturer or panelist at numerous conferences and symposia. His design work has been widely published locally, nationally and internationally