David Harper Joins Zyscovich to Lead Higher Education Studio

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April 12, 2024

Miami, Fla. – ZYSCOVICH, an award-winning, internationally recognized architecture, planning, and interior design firm with offices throughout the East Coast, is pleased to announce that David Harper, FAIA, a University of Miami alumnus, has joined the firm as Higher Education Practice Director, Executive Vice President.

Extensive Experience and Proven Leadership

As the youngest architect to be named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Harper brings more than four decades of knowledge and expertise to Zyscovich. Throughout his career, he has overseen hundreds of school projects, from K-12 to higher education, with a particular focus on fostering student interaction and connection through thoughtful design. This commitment aligns perfectly with Zyscovich’s vision of lifelong learning, encompassing educational environments at all scales. Harper’s proven track record of building strong client relationships, delivering exceptional value, and fostering collaborative design environments ensures Zyscovich will continue creating inspiring spaces that spark student imagination and promote learning beyond the classroom.

Strengthening Client Relationships and Market Share

In this new role as Higher Education Practice Director, Harper will spearhead Zyscovich’s growth in the higher education market by fostering strong client relationships, building new connections, and guiding the education design practice. A dedicated listener and collaborator, Harper views himself as a co-author, working alongside institutions to create customized design solutions that celebrate the unique character and culture of each college or university. His proven leadership and commitment to exceptional service ensure Zyscovich delivers solutions that meet the evolving needs of public and private institutions.

“We’re thrilled to have a design industry leader like David join Zyscovich,” said Zyscovich President Jose Murguido. “His renowned expertise in crafting innovative higher education spaces, combined with his commitment to client service and sustainability, makes him an ideal fit. David’s knowledge will undoubtedly propel our growth in this burgeoning market and expand Zyscovich’s footprint within the higher education sector.”

Design Excellence and Sustainability

Harper is recognized throughout the industry for design excellence. He is a LEED-accredited professional with a strong dedication to sustainable design practices. Notably, he served as Principal-in-Charge for the largest LEED platinum university project ever built and was recently recognized as the 2019-2020 AIA Miami Sustainable Architect of the Year.

Harper’s visionary approach to sustainable design dovetails seamlessly with Zyscovich’s renowned design philosophy. His expertise promises to be a game-changer for the firm’s higher education portfolio, propelling them to the forefront of innovation in this critical sector.

About Zyscovich

Zyscovich is an international design firm specializing in master planning, architecture, and interior design. Our unique Real Urbanism® approach integrates a community’s character and economics into inspiring visions that enhance value and quality of life. We offer expertise across diverse project types, including education, mixed-use developments, and transportation. As part of the Stratus Team network, Zyscovich collaborates with leading engineering and consulting firms, providing innovative solutions throughout a project’s lifecycle. Learn more at https://www.zyscovich.com.