Highrise Networks | David Herd

BuroHappold Engineering

800 Wilshire Blvd #1600

Los Angeles, CA 90017


d. (310) 945-4898








David Herd

Managing Partner



David Herd is managing partner of BuroHappold’s California region with significant experience in high-performance building design and sustainable master planning. David believes in achieving successful design through influencing the architectural language, form, function, and fabric of a building or landscape to minimize environmental impacts of energy, water, material, and waste. Over a nearly 30-year career, David’s collaborative involvement in every project has aided his teams in achieving the highest sustainability levels using innovative solutions tailored to each project’s unique challenges.


He is currently leading the BuroHappold California business, operating from Los Angeles and San Francisco. His current project portfolio includes:

  • The delivery of the Santa Monica City Services Building, a highly sustainable net zero energy and net zero water building that will be the first Living Building Challenge certified project for a municipality in California.

  • The new LACMA museum with Swiss Pritzker Prize Winning Architect, Peter Zumthor

  • The Academy of Motion Pictures Museum with Italian Pritzker Prize Winning Architect, Renzo Piano

  • The Emerson College in West Hollywood with LA based Pritzker Prize Winning Architect, Thom Mayne, Morphosis

  • The LA County Sustainability Plan – the largest plan of its kind in the country for circa 11M people of LA County


In all he has led the California team in the design of over 250 prominent projects across all sectors in the U.S., including its own Los Angeles office that is LEED Platinum certified, a JUST label recipient, and registered to receive WELL certification. David is a member of the California Congress of the Institute for Living Futures and a member of the core advisory panel for the Thom Mayne NOW Institute. He has lectured at the Calpoly School of Architecture and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management

Highrise Networks, Inc.

800 S. Figueroa, Suite 925

Los Angeles, CA 90017



(213) 712-9080