David T Hanawalt AIA


'Symphonic House'

Wege Residence, "SymphonicHouse"
Wege Residence, "SymphonicHouse"

Symphonic House, by David Hanawalt architect & William Close musician 

Please see the YouTube for the Symphonic House created

by producer Pete Erickson for Mercedes Benz foundation:


Napa Valley College

Wine Education Center

Castello Di Amorosa, Calistoga

Current: Project Architect for Reconstruction of Castello Di Amorosa Winery/Farmhouse building after 2020 Glass Fires, Napa Valley.  Construction currently in progress.

Fly Through- Laser Point Cloud of the burned structure for precision as-built evaluation:



I have chosen the above scroll of projects to describe attentions to specific client needs in varied architectural styles and climates.  It is my feeling that the role of the architect is to create a built physical representation for client's dreams, and to provide creative capabilities to add magic.

House on Elbow Cay, Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian 2019 made landfall a category 5, sustained winds of 185 mph and

gusts to 220 mph.  The eye of the Hurricane made landfall and traveled directly over the barrier island of Elbow Cay.  All of the island was terribly impacted with most homes sustaining catastrophic damage.  The white oak timberframe and stainless steel home I designed and engineered in 1997 survived with minimal structural damage.  This was the third major hurricane to hit the house and Dorian was the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.  The house was designed to maintain the equivalent strength of holding a 747 on the ground at full takeoff lift.  In this new reality of climate change, I believe strongly in designing for resilience, whether hurricanes, fires, seismic, and others.  All photos withheld out of privacy concerns and at Owners specific request.

Practicing in California & Michigan


Recent news: Black Star Inn wins USA Today- Readers Choice first place for

"Best Wine Country Inn, 2020"



Habitat for Humanity-Ten Houses,                            Zero Energy Ready Homes

Super energy efficient Solar affordable homes located in Traverse City, Michigan

US Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH)

Winner in Affordable Homes category, 2016

The first five homes built certified LEED Platinum

The efficient energy strategy includes:

1. efficient design

2. efficient construction methods

3. efficient appliances, mechanical systems, water systems

4. photovoltaic power supply (net meter)

5. educated owners committed to saving energy.