David Yocum

Director, Master of Architecture Program; Professor of Practice


Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA, Master of Architecture, 1997
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Bachelor of Arts, 1992


Practice, Design Excellence, Critical Design Thinking, Architecture in the Public Realm


David Yocum is Professor of the Practice in Architecture at the College of Design where he teaches advanced design studios for graduate-level students. His academic focus is the training of students in critical design thinking with particular emphasis on the challenges of architecture in the public realm.  Yocum has been teaching at Georgia Tech since 2005 and has also taught as the Paul Rudolph Visiting Critic at Auburn University.

Yocum is a registered architect in the State of Georgia, an NCARB Certificate holder, and a member of the American Institute of Architects. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, with majors in History and Studio Art, and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Yocum is co-founder and principal of BLDGS, with Brian Bell, AIA. The firm is a full-service architectural practice dedicated to the creation of inventive and enduring works of architecture and civic design. Current projects include academic buildings for the University System of Georgia, museum facilities and art galleries, corporate workplaces, private residences, and a conservative Jewish synagogue.

Recent awards include the 2017 Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York, a 2017 Georgia AIA Design Award for the Georgia Tech Caddell Building, and the 2016 Atlanta AIA Silver Medal Firm Award, the highest recognition given to a firm for design excellence and community leadership.  The work of BLDGS has been published in architectural periodicals, the New York Times, and presented at national and international conferences.

Previously, Yocum practiced for 8 years with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects where he was a Senior Project Architect for distinguished projects such as the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University, the Mountain Tree House in Dillard, GA, and the New United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas, all recipients of National AIA Honor Awards.

2017 Emerging Voices Award, Architectural League of New York

2017 AIA National / Design Intelligence Report: “10 Under 10”

2017 AIA Georgia Merit Award, Caddell Building

2016 AIA Atlanta Silver Medal Firm Award

2016 AIA South Atlantic Region Honor Award, Congregation Or Hadash

2015 AIA Georgia Honor Award, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center

2013 AIA Georgia Honor Award, Congregation Or Hadash

2013 World Architecture Festival Finalist, Congregation Or Hadash

2010 AIA Georgia Honor Award, Ansley Glass House

2010 AIA Georgia Honor Award, Burned House

COA 6027: Architecture Core II Studio: Architecture in the Public Realm
COA 6052: Architecture Options Studio II: Portman Prize Studio
COA 6053: Architecture Options Studio III: Design & Research Studio
COA 6051: Architecture Options Studio I: Architecture and Urban Design
COA 3012: Architecture Design Studio IV: VELUX Prize Studio