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David Ling

Visiting Associate Professor

Interior Design
School of Design

Informed by a multi-cultural background, nurtured in the United States, formed in Europe and with an umbilical cord still attached to China, David Ling founded David Ling Architects in 1992. Ling established an international practice in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Composed of exhibition spaces, creative offices, high-end retail, high-end residences and institutional spaces Ling’s work has received numerous international awards such as the Interiors Magazine’s Annual Awards for Best Retail Design and again for Best Office Design, Interior Design Magazine’s Future Furniture Award, Best of Year Award and Kitchen and Bath Designer Leader Award, Municipal Arts Society’s National Design Award, Architectural Bienal Miami + Beach Gold and Silver medals, Benjamin Moore’s Hue Awards for Best Residential Interiors, New York Magazine’s Top 100 Architects and Decorators, London’s Design Partnership Award for Best Retail Design and Best Exhibition Design from ICFF and London’s Grosvernor House Antiques Fair. Ling’s international press includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Netflix, HG TV, Dwell Video, Interior Design, Interiors, Dwell, House and Garden, Elle Décor, Metropolitan Home, Wallpaper, Arte, Casa da Abitare, Interni, Architektur und Wohnen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, VM+SD and Burlington Magazine. Ling’s client list includes The Guggenheim Museum, Ford Models, Tina Brown, Alberta Ferretti, Steve Wynn, Sotheby’s Aaliyah, Blue Man Group, G E Smith, De Menil, Todd Levin art advisor and the SOFA Art Fair as well as retail environments for Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, Narciso Rodriguez. Ling has held teaching positions at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, University of Oregon and University of Nuremberg. The Essence of Ling’s Architecture is the artistic integration of space, form, light and function enriched by materiality. As all projects are treated as unique, so too is Ling’s creative vocabulary, tailored to diverse clients, sites, budgets and programs. Ling’s approach is a sculpted choreography of opposites, forming a dialogue of interlocking spaces and forms articulated in a crafted use of materials, ennobling space and form through materiality and light.
David Ling’s ultimate goal is to create something never said before, in a timeless manner.

Undergraduate: BARCH Illinois Institute of Technology
Graduate: Dipl. Ing./Masters Universität Stuttgart