David Gerber

Associate Professor of Practice, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Architecture

Doctor of Design, Harvard University Graduate School of Design Master of Design Studies, Harvard University Graduate School of Design M.Arch, Architectural Association DRL in London BA in Architecture, University of California Berkeley

Dr. Gerber holds a joint appointment at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Architecture as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice and of Architecture. Dr. Gerber is also the program Director for the Civil Engineering Building Science undergraduate program and teaches in both the Viterbi School of Engineering and the School of Architecture.

Dr. Gerber's professional experience includes working in architectural, engineering and technology practices in the United States, Europe, India and Asia for Zaha Hadid Architects in London, England; for Gehry Technologies in Los Angeles; for Moshe Safdie Architects in Massachusetts; The Steinberg Group Architects in California; and for Arup as the Global Research Manager. Dr. Gerber’s research has been industry, fellowship, and NSF funded and is focussed on the development of innovative systems, tools, methods for design of the built environment. He currently advises, and co advises PhD students from Architecture and Engineering on topics that integrate computer science, robotics, engineering, with architecture.

David Gerber received his undergraduate architectural education at the University of California Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 1996). He completed his first professional degree at the Design Research Laboratory of the Architectural Association in London (Master of Architecture, 2000), his post professional research degree (Master of Design Studies, 2003) and his Doctoral studies (Doctor of Design, June 2007) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Currently Teaching
  • 305bL
    Building Science II
    Building Science II
    Prerequisite(s): ARCH 305aL During this course, students will explore design alternatives of various architectural structures using wood, steel, masonry, and concrete materials with emphasis on lateral load design using Rigid Diaphragms. Sufficient overview of the wood, steel, masonry, concrete designs and detailing would be provided to the students during the course for them to complete required engineering task. In addition, wind and seismic provisions from current building code would be presented during the course to help students to apply theory to practice.
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