David Waggonner, FAIA
Waggoner and Ball, Architects


Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
6:30 PM
Wyly Auditorium
Louisiana Tech University
School of Architecture

David Waggonner
was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and Yale University with a Master of Architecture in 1975. Employed previously by the Architect of the Capitol, Bechtel Corporation, and DMJM/Curtis and Davis, he has been principal in the present firm and its predecessor since 1981. He has taught Architectural design at Tulane University and the University of Oregon, is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology and the Society of Architectural Historians.

Located in New Orleans’ historic Garden District, the eighteen person firm of Waggonner & Ball Architects has authored award winning designs in the educational, retail, office, religious, government, residential and planning categories. The firm has designed numerous institutional and municipal master plans, and was a key participant in the Unified New Orleans Plan for District 2 and the post-Katrina Recovery Plan for St. Bernard Parish.

According to the firm’s profile, “While maintaining a historical restoration specialization and expertise as the bedrock that informs and raises the quality of our practice, we have over the years shifted our emphasis and moved towards new construction in which contemporary design idioms are prevalent. The development of a current day architectural language for use in historical, traditional or well-established settings has been a firm concern since the beginning. In concord with each client’s mission and program, belief in the primacy of site and the land, and respect for the importance of context and culture influence in basic ways the architectural form developed. Techniques of construction and the nature of materials available in the particular locale appropriate to the project are criteria precedent to design. The combination of an understanding of history with a rooted yet critical appreciation of regional vernaculars has resulted in our work becoming focused on concerns more fundamental than style. Employing a modern sensibility, our attempt is to get to the essence of true architecture, which is timeless.”

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