David Clinton, AIA, NCARB, REFP


David Clinton, AIA is a Recognized Education Facilities Programmer and one of three principals at Szostak Design. In his 40 years of professional practice, he has led the development of educational projects in the public and private sector, and provided programming, design and project management services to more than 75 PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities in North Carolina. He is committed to client service and has maintained strong, long-term relationships with many repeat clients, several of whom have hired him for multiple projects over more than a decade. His experience spans project types including student centers, administrative offices, laboratories and technology centers, athletic facilities and student housing.

David has demonstrated his commitment to environmental responsibility throughout his career. In the early 1990s he helped to promote sustainable design in North Carolina by hiring an architect from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development who subsequently became of the state’s first LEED APs. He also worked with the State Construction Office to develop the protocol for following LEED design and building standards at community colleges, and was responsible for the first two LEED-certified projects at Wayne CC and Carteret CC.

David has served the profession as an AIA/ACEC Peer Reviewer and as a past member of the AIA North Carolina Continuing Education Committee, Government Affairs Committee and the Special Task Force on School Facility Needs. He is a past member of the North Carolina School Boards Association, the Alliance for Community College Innovation and the North Carolina Association of School Administrators. Currently, he sits on the Town of Carrboro Planning Board and the Board of the Universal Design Institute which is dedicated to the pursuit of seamless integration of accessible design in the built environment.