David Kratzer, AIA, NCARB

Associate Professor, Architecture

David Kratzer, AIA NCARB


Jefferson - East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Architecture & Design Center, Room 101
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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David Kratzer, AIA, NCARB

Associate Professor, Architecture

Areas of Specialization

Architecture, Technology and Design/Build


MArch, University of Pennsylvania
BArch, University of North Carolina


David received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Architecture from UNC Charlotte.  He completed foreign study programs in Mantua, Italy; Paris, France; and DIS Copenhagen for a full calendar year.  His undergraduate thesis project was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Leadership and Service Medal Prize.

An Associate Professor with Philadelphia University since 2009, David has taught architectural design, building technology and design-build courses since 1987 at numerous universities across the US and has presented and published his work widely at regional, national and international conferences.  His academic collaborations have included projects with the Occupational Therapy, Industrial Design and Physical Therapy Programs at TJU as well as annual global workshops with the Lecco Campus Architecture Programs of the Politecnico de Milano.  Awards include the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and The RHJ Associates P.C. Term Chair for Architecture, and the Thomas Jefferson University Faculty Award for Mentoring.

David has practiced since 1983 and is a founding principal of BAU Architecture, an award-winning architecture and interior design firm exploring community buildings which are respective of our natural and built environments.  The Norristown Farm Park Renovation Project garnered a Grand Jury Preservation Achievement Award from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia and entry for the Franklin Square Police and Firefighters Memorial Design Competition a second-place award.  His recent work includes historic adaptive reuse, indoor agriculture, commercial, retail and social service facilities including adult day care centers.

In both his teaching and professional work, David focuses on the dynamic collaborative relationships between architectural design and technology within the socio-political context of communities.   Current academic projects include real world studio and design-build courses for such clients as the Hedgerow Theater, Project HOME, SEPTA, and The East Falls Development Corporation.  Design-build projects include dorm stations for the Women of Change Safe Haven Homeless Shelter for Project HOME; a mobile sustainability lab & wildlife viewing blind for the SAVE Alliance/ Green Allies sustainability foundation; and the 2014 exhibition Single Bullet - Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination.