David Mohney


  • Princeton University, Master of Architecture, 1981
  • Harvard University, A.B. magna cum laude in Fine Arts, 1977
  • Cranbrook School, diploma, 1971; co-recipient, Faculty Senior Medal (highest student honor)

Academic Experience

Michael Graves College, Kean University and Wenzhou Kean University: 2014-present

  • Acting Dean: 2014-2015, Dean: from 2015

College of Design, University of Kentucky: 2007-2014

  • Dean Emeritus, Professor of Architecture, Curry Stone Chair in Design: 2008-2009

SCI-Arc: Visiting Lecturer, Spring 2010

College of Architecture, University of Kentucky: 1994-2007

  • Dean and Professor of Architecture

Graduate School of Design and Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University

  • Visiting Lecturer: Fall 1993, Visiting Critic for Design: Fall 1985

Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), New York, NY

  • Associate Director, Lecturer and Fellow: 1983-1985, Lecturer: 1981-1983

Professional Activities

  • Curry Stone Design Prize, Founding Secretary: 2007-2010
  • Chan and Mohney Architecture, New York, NY: from 1988
  • Joan Chan, Architect, New York, NY: 1985-1988
  • William Kinsinger Associates Industrial Design, New York, NY: 1981-1983
  • Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York, NY: 1979-1981

Major Publications

  • “Rotterdam Rising: AIR’s First Decade,” reprinted in Solomon Frausto, ed., The Berlage Survey of the Culture, Education and Practice of Architecture and Urbanism, NAi Publishers, 2011.
  • “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.
  • 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.)


  • Election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, January 2012.
  • World Monument Fund Watch List 2005: The 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.
  • “The Flood: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam,” 2005.  The submittal, a model of the Chicago waterfront in 1930 for the “Water Cities” section of the Biennale, received an Honorable Mention in the Biennale Awards, one of only three awards for over 100 submittals.
  • AIA / Kentucky Distinguished Service Award, November 2004.
  • ACSA Service Award, 2004.
  • Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation Special Award, 1996.
  • Bluegrass Tomorrow Service Award, 1995.
  • Citation for Excellence at the International Architecture Book Awards by the American Institute of Architects for Seaside: Making a Town in America, (with Keller Easterling, Princeton Architectural Press) 1992.

Exhibitions And Media

  • Invited “Influencer” for the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, “Design for the Other 90% – CITIES” exhibition at the United Nations, New York City, October 2011.
  • Co-Executive Producer for a series of videos about the 11 Curry Stone Design Prize winners and finalists from 2008-2010, in collaboration with Room 5 Films, New York City, 2010 (www.currystonedesignprize.com/videos).
  • Curator and designer, “Dreaming Landscapes: The Designs of West 8,” Louisville, 2006.
  • Invited participant, The Flood: International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam,” 2005:  Model of the Chicago waterfront in 1930 for the “Water Cities” section of the Biennale (Honorable Mention).
  • Curator and designer, “21st Century Speed: The Transformative Power of Architecture,” held at the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, 2003.
  • Exhibited submittal, Municipal Arts Society competition for the Hudson River waterfront: “Greed City,” The Urban Center, New York, October 1987.
  • Co-curator for the exhibition, “Seaside: New Architecture for a New Town,” held at The Urban Center, New York, NY, in 1985. The exhibition was sponsored by The Architectural League of New York and traveled to Boston, New Haven, Charlottesville, Portland, Eugene, and Miami.
  • Exhibited submittal, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy: “The Squares of Palmanova,” summer 1985. The exhibit also traveled to Palmanova, Italy.

Current Research

  • “Rising on AIR: The Role of Architecture International Rotterdam (AIR) in Elevating Public and Professional Expectations about Design in the Netherlands, 1979-2003”:  Research grants have been received from the Sutherland Foundation and the Graham Foundation for this book project.
  • “Eisenman and Graves: Beginnings”: Research interviews and archival work in New York, Cambridge and Princeton continues for this book project.

Lectures, Symposia And Other Presentations

  • “Using Western Campus Planning Strategies in China” – Lecture to the Society of Campus and University Planning, Regional Meeting, Princeton, April 2017.
  • “Deans’ Discussion” – Presentation at NJ/AIA Newark and Suburban meeting, January 2017.
  • “On Campus Planning in China” – Presentation at AIA/Shanghai panel, Shanghai, China, September 2016.
  • “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change-VII” – Invited participant at conference held at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, August 2016
  • “Western Campus Planning in China: Wenzhou Kean University as a Case Study” – Lecture in Professional Workshop series, Kean University, Union, NJ, April 2016
  • “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change-VI” – Invited participant at conference held at SCAD, Savannah, GA, August 2015.
  • “Architecture, Urbanism and the Public: Emerging Places for People” – Lecture sponsored by the Wenzhou Architects Association, Wenzhou, China, January 2015.
  • “Past as Prologue: Michael Graves” – Panelist for conference sponsored by The Architectural League of New York, held at the New School, New York City, November 2014.
  • “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change-IV” – Invited participant at conference held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, August 2013.
  • “Quality in an Age of Quantity: A Critic Sorts Through the Noise” – Host and moderator for the inaugural ideaFestival University public course, a discussion with Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times and 21c Hotels’ Steve Wilson, Louisville, September 2012.
  • “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change-III” – Invited participant at conference held at Yale University, New Haven, CT, August 2012.
  • “Preservation in New York: The Evolving Conversation” – Panelist at The Green Space-WNYC Radio/New York; with Paul Goldberger, Bonnie Burnham, and Kurt Andersen, April 2012.
  • “Sustainable Health Enterprises” – Host and moderator for a presentation by 2010 CSDP Winner Elizabeth Scharpf of S.H.E. at the 2011 ideaFestival, Louisville, September 2011.
  • “Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change-II” –  Invited participant at conference 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.
  • “Informal Settlements” – Invited speaker and session moderator, 361 Conference, Mumbai, India, October 2010.
  • “Curry Stone Design Prize: 2010 Winners” – Host and moderator for awards presentation at the Google’s offices, New York City, October 2010.
  • Curry Stone Design Prize presentation, Iberia-Americaniano Bienal (Medellin, Colombia), October 2010.
  • “Urban Transformation: Medellin” – Host and moderator for a presentation by 2009 CSDP Prize Winner Alejandro Echeverri at the 2010 ideaFestival, Louisville, September 2010.
  • “Using Art to Change Communities” – Moderator for discussion at the Creative Cities Summit, Lexington, April 2010.
  • “Curry Stone Design Prize: 2009 Winners” – Host and moderator for awards presentation at the ideaFestival, Louisville, September 2009.
  • “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.
  • “Curry Stone Design Prize: 2008 Winners” – Host and moderator for awards presentation at the ideaFestival, Louisville, September 2008.
  • “ExperimentaDesign’08” – Invited presenter for organizing think tank, Lisbon, September 2008.
  • “75th Anniversary of the Taliesin Fellowship” – Moderator for a symposium: November 2007.
  • “Michael Graves: 25th Anniversary of the Humana Building” – A public conversation with Michael Graves, Louisville, May 2007.
  • “Lucky 13: Reflections on 13 Years at the University of Kentucky” – Lecture at the University of Kentucky College of Design, Lexington, 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, Lexington, 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, Lexington, October 2004.
  • “The New American City” – Lecture for the 2004 ideaFestival, Lexington, 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 2004 ideafestival, Lexington, 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, Salvisa, Kentucky, 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, Louisville, 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.
  • ‘New Urbanism, Old Urbanism” – Panelist at Congress for the New Urbanism VII, Milwaukee, June, 1999.
  • “Smart Growth” – Respondent and session moderator for symposium organized by Bluegrass Tomorrow, Lexington, October 1998.
  • “New Urbanism in Kentucky: A Review of Norton Commons” – Colloquium at The Bluegrass Area Administrative District – October 1997.
  • “Revitalizing Kentucky’s Downtowns” – Keynote address for the Kentucky League of Cities Convention, Lexington, September 1997.
  • “Mayors’ Institute on Urban Design Regional Meeting” – Invited participant, August 1997.
  • “Review of ‘Building Community,’ the Boyer/Carnegie Endowment’s report on professional architectural education” – Panelist at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, June 1997.
  • “The Future of the City” – Lecturer and panelist at the Monterey Design Conference, Pacific Grove, California, April 1997.
  • “Beyond the Glass House: The Residential Architecture of Philip Johnson” – Lecturer at the University of Kentucky College of Architecture Spring Lecture Series, April 1997.
  • “The Legacy of Seaside on American Urban Design” – Moderator and panelist, Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Boca Raton, Florida, October 1996.
  • “Present and Futures/Architecture in Cities” – Lecturer at the XIX Congress of the International Union of Architects, Barcelona, Spain, July 1996.
  • “Core, Fringe, Hinterland” – Lecturer and panel moderator for a symposium organized by Auburn University School of Architecture in Birmingham, Alabama, February 1996.
  • “Rural Development Conference” – Panelist and moderator for a conference organized by Congressman Scotty Baesler at Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, June 1995.
  • “Stewardship of the City” – Lecturer and panelist for a symposium organized by Auburn University School of Architecture in Birmingham, Alabama: February 1995.
  • ”Urban Patterns and Prototypes in Central Kentucky” – Speaker at Congress for the New Urbanism III, San Francisco, California: February 1995.
  • ”Traditional Urbanism in Kentucky” –Speaker at Congress for the New Urbanism II, Los Angeles, California, May 1994.
  • ”First Thoughts from a New Arrival in Kentucky” – Lecture at the Speed Museum, Louisville, KY, February 1994.
  • ”Yorkship Village:” –Lecture at the First Congress for the New Urbanism, Alexandria, Virginia, October 1993.
  • “In Any Event: The Real World and Seaside” – Moderator for a debate on contemporary urban issues, at the Dia Center for the Arts in New York, NY, with Peter Eisenman, Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Mark Linder, Neil Smith, and Diane Ghirardo, in April 1993.
  • “Remembering a Forgotten History: The New Town of Seaside” – Lecture for “The Art of City Building” symposium and exhibition, Portland, Oregon, March 1986.
  • “Life after Utopia: The Legacy of Broadacre City” –Lecture for the “Design of the Suburb” conference, Miami, Florida, October 1985.
  • “Seaside: Ideals and Precedents, Architecture and Development” – Moderator for a symposium sponsored by The Architectural League in connection with the Seaside Exhibition at The Urban Center, New York, NY, August 1985.

School Lectures And Studio Reviews

  • Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Parsons, Pratt, Cincinnati, Auburn, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Skidmore College, Tulane, Kean.

Professional Architectural Registration

New York

Boards And Other Professional Service Activities

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation:

  • Board member, 2005-2015
  • Executive Committee, 2009-2014
  • Vice Chair, 2012-2014
  • School Committee chair, 2005-2009.
  • Archives Partnership Task Force: 2011-2012
  • Joint Archives Committee (with MoMA and Avery Library), member, 2012-2014
  • School Oversight Task Force, 2012-2013

Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture:

  • Founding board member, 2009-2017
  • Vice chair, 2009 – 2017

Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy:

  • Board member, 2003-2007

Knight Foundation:

  • Community Advisory Committee member, 2007-2009

Kentucky Science and Technology Council:

  • Advisor to the ideaFactory Project, 1998
  • Advisor to the ideaFestival, 2000-2013
  • Advisor to ideaFestival University, 2012-2013

Congress for the New Urbanism:

  • Member, co-chair of the Education Task Force, 1993-6

American Institute of Architects:

  • Member, 1994 – present

New Century Lexington:

  • Visions Task Force Member and Infrastructure Committee, 1995

Bluegrass Tomorrow:

  • Board member, 1994-2008
  • Executive Committee, 1998 – 2008
  • Community Design Committee, 1994-2008

Kentucky State Board of Examiners & Registration of Architects:

  • Member, 1994-2007
  • President, 1997-1998 and 1999-2000
  • Secretary, 2001-2003

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB):

  • Procedures and Documents Committee, 2005-2007
  • NCARB Prize Jury, 2002, 2003
  • Professional Development Task Force, 2001-2003 (The task force instituted the NCARB Prize)
  • Education and Professional Development Committee, 1999-2000
  • Professional Development Committee, 1996-7, 1997-8 (Chair). The committee led the standardization and expansion of the NCARB Education Monographs)
  • Session chair for East Central Regional Meeting on architectural education: March 1999
  • Panelist at the Southern Regional Meeting, Clemson, SC, February 1999

National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB):

  • Substantial Equivalency Team Chair, Dar Al Aloom University, Riyadh, November 2018
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Kendall College of Art and Design, November 2016
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Alfred State College, February 2014
  • Accreditation Team Chair Emeritus for University of Utah, February 2013
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Carnegie-Mellon University, February 2012
  • Accreditation Team Chair for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago: April 2011
  • Accreditation Team Chair Emeritus for Academy of Art University: March 2010
  • Accreditation Focused Team member for University of Hawaii: September 2009
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Montana State University: March 2008
  • Accreditation Team Observer for FLWSA:  March 2007
  • Accreditation Team Chair for SCI-ARC: November 2006
  • Accreditation Team Chair for University of Michigan: February 2005
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Savannah College of Art and Design: 2004
  • Accreditation Team Chair for University of Virginia: 2003
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Florida International University: 2002
  • Accreditation Team Chair for Northeastern University: 2000
  • Accreditation Team Member for University of North Carolina/Charlotte: 1999
  • Accreditation Team Member for the University of Idaho: 1999
  • Accreditation Team Observer for University of Miami: 1998
  • Accreditation Team Member for New Jersey Institute of Technology: 1997
  • Accreditation Team Member for the University of Hawaii at Manoa: 1996

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA):

  • Co-chair and host institution, 2003 ACSA Annual Meeting, “Recalibrating Margins and Centers,” Louisville, Kentucky:
  • Intercollateral Boyer Task Force, ACSA representative, 1997-9
  • Internship Summit, Group Leader, April 1999

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS):

  • Board member (ex-officio) as liaison to ACSA, 2004-2008

American Institute of Architects (AIA):

  • AIA Kentucky 50th Anniversary, Jury chair: “10 Best Buildings in Kentucky”
  • AIA Iowa Honor Awards Juror, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award (Kentucky Chapter), 2004

Peer Review Panels:

  • Temple University School of Architecture, February 2006
  • AAAS Program Review Task Force for Auburn Univ. School of Architecture, July 1998.

Sponsored Academic Design Projects

  • Lexington Downtown Master Plan: with Chan/Krieger Associates and ERA, 2000-2001
  • Kentucky Mayors’ Institute on Design: Founder and Chair, 1998-2001
  • Clark County: Cluster housing project leader, 1998
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Park DuValle consultant, 1997-1998
  • Frenchburg, Kentucky: Wellness Center consultant, 1997-1998
  • Louisville, Kentucky: West End project participant, 1997
  • Louisville, Kentucky: Norton Commons charrette participant, 1997
  • Paris, Kentucky: project leader, 1996-7 [$5000]
  • Lexington, Kentucky:
    1. Johnson School project team, 1997
    2. South Broadway/South Hill project leader, 1997 [$5000]
    3. Downtown charrette leader, 1995-6
    4. Esplanade project leader, 1996
    5. Miller Street charrette participant, 1996
    6. Triangle Park project leader, 1996
    7. Bluegrass Tomorrow charrette participant, 1995
    8. Wilmore, Kentucky: charrette leader, 1996

Selected Projects (Chan and Mohney Architecture)

  • Native Café, Michler’s Gardens, Lexington, KY (with David Biagi and Bruce Swetnam), 2013-5.
  • Global Housing Initiative (low cost housing prototype designed with Michael Rotondi), 2012-13.
  • Liberty Travel, assorted storefronts in Manhattan, 2000-2004.
  • Rain Film Television Media offices, 30 West 21st Street, New York City, 1999.
  • SPY Magazine offices, 9 Union Square West, New York City, 1991.
  • Koeppel & Koeppel offices, 25 Broadway, New York City, 1992 (project).
  • Rolling Stone Magazine offices, New York City, 1992 (invited competition, project).
  • SPY Magazine offices, The Puck Building, New York City, 1986.
  • Lawrenceville School Childcare Building, Lawrenceville, NJ (project)
  • Motor vessel “Our Toy,” in collaboration with Fritz de Voogt, naval architect, built at Feadship shipyard in La Kaag, the Netherlands, 1990-1992.
  • Restaurant Pavilion, Seaside, FL. 1990
  • Country estate in Stamford, CT. The project included renovations and additions to an existing estate house landscape pavilions, and farm buildings on 260-acre site. 1991-4
  • Apartment lobby at on Upper East Side, New York City, 1993
  • Various apartment and townhouse renovations from 1983-1993

Selected Publications And Other Media (Chan and Mohney Architecture)

  • New York Times Magazine
  • Architectural Record
  • Showboats International Magazine
  • New York Spaces
  • HGTV: “Top Ten Interiors” (6 segments),
  • NBC-TV: “Spy Magazine How to Be Famous” (pilot)
  • Connecticut Home and Garden Magazine
  • Interior Design Magazine, October 2012