Profile

David Greenbaum, FAIA

Vice President,
SmithGroup

Contact Details

SmithGroup
Washington, DC

Bio

David Greenbaum creates memorable architecture of proud civic presence and a strong sense of place. His projects frequently involve the adaptive reuse of historic structures adding a richness and creative complexity. Many of his projects have large-scale interior spaces providing a welcome opportunity for pause.

Greenbaum’s work has won numerous design awards and has been published frequently. His work has often undergone the rigorous design review of The Commission of Fine Arts and the Historic Preservation Review Board of the Federal City and has been consistently seen as exceptional. Greenbaum’s recent work includes the new Normandy American Visitor’s Center (Normandy, France); The International Spy Museum; the renovation of the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Pavilion; the National Museum of Natural History Discovery Center; Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center; Science City at Union Station (Kansas City, MO); and master planning for Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT).

Contextual in the broadest sense and driven by site and client mission, Greenbaum’s work applies his philosophy of amplifying an institution’s mission by creating powerful and memorable places. Most of his projects are public in nature and require interaction and collaboration with numerous stakeholders. Through design leadership and education of the project’s participants, Greenbaum creates a compelling expression of the project’s spirit and its goals.


A member of the advisory group of the National AIA Committee on Design, Greenbaum has served as co-conference chair for the committee’s Washington Conference. He is a member of the planning committee for MAAM “Building Museums” Conference. He also has held teaching positions at The Catholic University of America, University of Maryland and the University of the District of Columbia.

Education

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
M'Arch., 1986
Architecture
1984 To 1986

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
B'Arch., 1980
Architecture
1975 To 1980

Job History

SmithGroup
Vice President
January 1997 - present

Keyes Condon Florance Architects
Principal
Washington DC, DC, United States
April 1987 - January 1997

Centerbrook Architects
Part-time staff architect
Essex, CT, United States
June 1984 - August 1986

Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
Staff Architect
Washington DC, DC, United States
June 1980 - August 1984