With a Master of Architecture degree, David chose to practice in Utah—a place of rapid growth and urbanization, intimately connected to the diversity of the Wasatch Mountains, the Great Basin and the Colorado Plateau.  For him, skiing, sailing, biking, exploring the desert high country is the greatest place in the world to practice, thrive and raise a family. 

In 1983, David created David Brems and Associates—a practice based on Design Excellence and Environmental Responsibility.  In 1986, David merged his young design practice with Abe Gillies and Mike Stransky to become Gillies Stransky Brems Architects, a great mix of ambition, talent and entrepreneurial spirit.  

David is a leader of the Sustainable Design Movement, helping establish an ethic that now runs deep in American Architecture.  He chaired the National AIA Committee on Design in 2006, uniting the AIA Committee on the Environment and the Committee on Design in a first ever collaborative vision, “The Architecture of Sustainability”.  He was elevated to AIA Fellowship in 2007 for his professional contribution to art of Design. 

Recently David mounted an exhibition at the Alta Club in Salt Lake City called, “Zero in 10”.  The exhibition showcased the sustainable work of GSBS beginning with the design of the 2002 Speed Skating Oval—one of the first LEED buildings in the World and still the World’s Fastest Ice—and culminating with the design of the Salt Lake Public Safety Building, one of the world’s first large “Net Zero” buildings.

He is actively involved in teaching and mentoring the next generations of architects as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, College of Architecture and Planning.  At the “U”, he teaches graduate classes in design and environmental responsibility.

David gives back to his community, serving as a director of Design Build Bluff, Advisory board of Envision Utah, Governors Clean Air Action Team and as Salt Lake County and Emigration Canyon planning commissioner.


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