David Michael Harper is an American architect, business leader and sustainable energy advocate. He is the Global Higher Education Practice Leader for HKS, Inc. He is responsible for the work involving 24 office locations worldwide. He has previously been the Managing Director of the HKS Miami office which now serves as the Global Design Center.
Harper is the recipient of over a dozen architectural design awards including the 2015 AIA COTE Award for his Domus Alba Residence. His work has been featured in a variety of media outlets for over 25 years including the 2016 publication in Ocean Drive Magazine and Miami Home and Design Magazine.
In February 2015, Harper presented "Walking-the-Talk", initiative beginning with a lecture at the 2015 Miami Green Exposition and conference, linking architects and the public to lead by example and adapt to sustainability. Other lectures included the Miami Architecture Center on the topic of architects who have achieved LEED Certification in the design of their own homes.
In November 2012, HKS announced the acquisition of Harper’s Miami-headquartered education design firm, HADP Architecture, Inc. The two firms had been working together on educational projects for more than 15 years prior to the merger, and wanted to expand their national education portfolio as well as increase resources and capabilities in the HKS Florida office locations
In 2016, AIA Florida named HKS Architects as the Firm of the Year- the most prestigious award for the region's architectural industry- recognizing outstanding achievements in design, community service, education and services to the profession. With projects ranging from health care, transportation, commercial, education, entertainment, hospitality, retail and housing, HKS, Inc. has been an integral part of every dimension of Florida’s diverse growth, helping to position the state for sustained success.
Soon after HKS acquired HADP Architecture, The Ohio State University selected HKS Inc. as the architectural firm to lead the $370 million Project revitalizing the campus’ North Residential District to accommodate a 3,872 student housing complex, two new dining facilities, recreation facility and more involving 12 new buildings and renovations to existing. Harper stated "HKS is proud to be taking the leadership design team role on the project." In 2016, the OSU North District Transformation Project was completed with eight additional new buildings. The new dorm rooms encourage interaction in common areas to promote socialization and connections rather than individual luxury perks.
Since founding his own practice in 1979, Harper's architectural business development and designs have focused on the sectors of Educational, Airports, Military projects, Correctional facilities, and Multi-Family Housing.
Harper is recognized by industry professionals such as the American Institute of Architects, as well as by universities and community organizations for his work (see Awards section below). He was recognized in 2012 in Architecture Leaders Today magazine for his design of three student housing projects, and in Habitation Design Magazine for Best Conceptual Student Housing Design. In June 2012, industry publication Architectural Record recognized Harper's former firm HADP Architecture in their annual Top 250 Architecture Firms list.