50+ YEARS AN ARCHITECT
20 YEARS AN EXPERT WITNESS & ARBITRATOR
Designer, entrepreneur, mentor, award-winning architect, president, CEO, and expert witness—David Erik Chase’s admirable career has shaped the lives and creative works of numerous architects and other building professionals. Ask anyone who has worked with him and they will tell you, he is the epitome of architectural design creativity, performance excellence, and business integrity. The consummate professional, David continues to work tirelessly to ensure others will evolve with every opportunity to succeed and the industry continues to thrive. After a long career as an architectural designer, architect-of-record, and principal-in-charge, he embarked on a new passion some 20 years ago, when he anticipated a need for expert credible opinion and testimony to help plaintiffs and defendants in his industry.
Professional Background and Expertise
David earned his Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from Syracuse University in 1964, a Diploma in architectural design from the École des Beaux-Arts in Fontainebleau, France in 1966, and a Master of Science in architecture from Columbia University in 1969. In 1972, he founded Chase Architectural Associates with offices in Syracuse and Suffern, NY and Cairo, Egypt. During the next 20 years, his 50-person firm designed over $2B of constructed projects including health care and educational facilities, housing (multi-family, residential, and senior citizen/assisted living), and commercial and large scale PUDs. After 20 years, he merged his firm with L. Robert Kimball Architects and Engineers, a large regional practice. David joined Hillier International Architects in 1997 to become the president and CEO of the fifth largest architectural firm in the USA (at the time). During this seven-year period, he also acted as Hillier’s principle-in-charge of several K-12 projects in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland. In 2003 David formed CHASE A+EP, P.C. to offer Architect Expert services and became a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.
Licensed to practice architecture in 21 states and the District of Columbia, David is certified by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and is a certified LEED green associate.
As an expert in a broad range of construction-related matters, David has opined in depositions and testified in legal proceedings in over 130 cases in 11 states including: FL, MD, MO, NJ, NY, PA, SC, OK, VA, WI, and WV. Go to Services to learn more.
Peer Review Consulting
In complement to your legal, architectural and other design team members, as your neutral third party, David’s pre-contract negotiations and design phase activities will provide you with insights that can save you time, money, and legal issues.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
As a Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator, Florida Supreme Court Certified Court Mediator, and East Coast American Arbitration Association Arbitrator, David’s extensive alternative dispute experience in complex construction matters supports successful outcomes for design and building professionals and owners.
Complex Construction Defects
David’s past and current casework as an expert witness deals with complex construction matters split about 50/50 between owners, developers, architects, and constructors as plaintiffs or defendants. Each case is unique in its application of David’s multi-faceted and comprehensive career expertise.
Awards & Honors
Over the years, David has been bestowed with numerous professional and public service awards and honors whether individually or honoring the firm he was serving as CEO, designer, or architect-of-record. For more information see his CV page.
LICENSED IN 21 STATES AND WASHINGTON D.C
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
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