Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

David Kahn

Senior Instructor
(303) 499-9887
Office: 144


David Kahn's professional work, teaching, and research focus on the design of sustainable systems within site specific, neighborhood, and urban-scale projects. His background is in the visual arts, agriculture, and construction.  For 13 years he worked with the Costa Rican National Park Service, and the Prague City Council on community-oriented design assistance projects.  Along with partner, Michael Tavel, David Kahn Studio received a 2009 National ASLA Award for Planning for the Geos Net-Zero Energy Neighborhood.  His personal interests involve various manifestations of the great outdoors.


  • Masters of Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1991 Award: John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship in Architecture, 1991
  • Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of California at Berkeley, 1991 Awards: Thomas Church Award in Landscape Architecture,1988, 1989, 1990
  • B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1983

Research Interests

  • Integrating Sustainable Systems in Urban Design
  • Sustainable Neighborhood Design and Planning
  • Green Infrastructure and Public Stormwater Architecture

Courses Taught

  • Design and Planning Studios
  • Energy and Urbanism Seminar
  • Green Infrastructure Seminar
  • Materials and Methods Seminar

Selected Publications

  • "Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes Case Study", 2011 National ASLA Library and Education Advocacy Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts

  • "Greensburg Green Neighborhoods"; Architect Colorado Magazine, Fall 2011

  • “Geos Net-Zero Energy Neighborhood”, Landscape World, vol. 24, Seoul, Korea, 2009

  • “2009 National ASLA Awards”, Landscape Architecture, August 2009

  • "Open Contact: Phenomenal Experience and 'Natural' Processes", Nt’l. ASLA Annual Mtg. Colloquium on Ecology, Aesthetics, and Design. San Antonio, 1994