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David Arkin

David is one of the founders and current Director of the California Straw Building Association (CASBA). He is past-President of Architects, Designers, and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADSPR) and served fror twelve years as a board member of the Solar Living Institute (SLI). He has taught and lectured on the subject of sustainable design for over twenty years. David is a native of Wisconsin and earned his B.Arch from the University of Minnesota. A licensed architect since 1991, he spent four years as project architect and planner with Van der Ryn Architects—most notably on the Real Goods Solar Living Center—and apprenticed with Obie Bowman at The Sea Ranch. While in graduate school at UC Berkeley he also worked with Peter Calthorpe and Dan Solomon, focusing on mixed-use, city and regional planning issues. David and Anni, his partner at Arkin Tilt Architects, are married and live in a 100-year-old solar and wind-powered home in Albany, CA, where David served as a planning and zoning commissioner for over 10 years.

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