David West

David West

New York, NY, US



With “architecture in his DNA,” David West is a veteran with over 30 years of experience. From the time he built model airplanes as a young boy, West has always been fascinated by the art, science, history, math, and “respecting the past” of architecture which has continued throughout his career.

As one of the founding partners, West continues to lead design projects that have included Sky, 363 and 365 Bond Street, 101 Lincoln Avenue, 71 Reade Street and Apthorp Penthouses. West stays personally involved in the planning and design of all his projects while also noted as one of New York City’s premier zoning experts. As a zoning authority, West has conducted thousands of feasibility studies and has been involved with nearly 100 completed projects. The unique blend of knowledge of both the pre-development process and residential building design, he provides the most creative and practical solutions. Additionally, through his extensive background in land-use approvals including the ULURP process, Variances and Landmarks Commission Approvals, he is frequently involved in projects from the earliest stages of land assembly, giving him a unique perspective into the practical aspect of various development solutions.

Prior to co-founding Hill West Architects, West co-founded Goldstein, Hill & West Architects and was a partner at Costas Kondylis and Partners. Previous positions include Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer and John Harding Architects. He received his degree in Architecture from University of California at Berkeley. An expert in the industry, West has given numerous lectures and participated on panels at such institutions as the AIA, Department of City Planning, Real Estate Board of New York, New York University and Columbia School of Real Estate. Fascinated by archeology, the ancient ruins in the Yucatan is one of his favorite places. On days off, West is home in Weehawken with his son often designing and building furniture.

David's Featured Articles on Archinect

Op-Ed: The Future of Zoning in New York City, Fri, Oct 2 '20

It is evident that architecture and design, like most industries, is in a state of flux. From how offices are conceptualized to the way our cities are built, the global COVID-19 health crisis and the current social justice movement will bring about immense change in New York City. With over ...

Op-Ed: The Future of Zoning in New York City


Hill West Architects, New York, NY, US, Founding Partner

Oct 2009 - current


AIA College of Fellows, Award


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