David Ross Scheer Author of Evaluating Organization Development

David Ross Scheer

David Ross Scheer, Architect

I received my Master of Architecture degree from Yale in 1984. Since then I have practiced and taught architecture in a variety of settings. I opened my architectural practice in 1994 and have designed many award-winning building and urban design projects. I've taught architectural design, history and theory at several schools of architecture around the country. My firm adopted building information modeling in 1996 which lead to a strong interest in computation in architecture.


I received my Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1984. I bring a broad background in practice, teaching and research to my work on the effects of digital technologies on architecture. My firm pioneered the use of building information modeling (BIM) which has been central to my practice since 1996. My firm's award-winning work includes a variety of building types as well as urban design projects. I've lectured and written extensively on BIM with particular emphasis on its use in small firms and its impact on architectural education. I've been a member of the national advisory group of the AIA Technology in Architectural Practice Knowledge Community (TAP) since 2007 and was its Chair in 2012. Through TAP’s activities I've gained a broad awareness of the evolving uses and effects of BIM and computation throughout the building industry.
I've taught architectural design, history and theory at the University of Cincinnati, Arizona State University, Miami University (Ohio) and the University of Utah. While at Utah, I founded the Center for Integrated Design and Construction which carried out research in the adoption of BIM in architectural education and developed a variety of innovative applications.
In spite of my interest in digital design tools, I've maintained a strong affinity for the tradition of architectural drawing in which I was trained. This dual allegiance led me to think about the effects of the transition from drawing to digital tools, particularly on how architects think and design. This is the subject of "The Death of Drawing".

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Architectural design, architectural history, architectural theory, media studies, simulation

Personal Interests

    Music, drawing, photography, cycling, skiing, hiking