David T Hanawalt AIA


Practicing in California & Michigan


Staff Architect with:

Lail Design Group, St.Helena, California


Latest news: Black Star Inn wins Readers Choice first place for "Best Wine Country Inn, 2020"



Wege Residence, "SymphonicHouse"
Wege Residence, "SymphonicHouse"
Fishtown Shanty, Historic Preservation
Fishtown Shanty, Historic Preservation
Donall House, Modern Architecture
Donall House, Modern Architecture

Symphonic House, by David Hanawalt architect 

Please see the YouTube for the Symphonic House created

by producer Pete Erickson for Mercedes Benz foundation:


House on Elbow Cay, Bahamas

A masonry and white oak timberframe house built like a finely crafted boat on Elbow Cay, Abaco, Bahamas in 1997. The timberframe was constructed in Northern Michigan by StrongTimbers in a large pole barn in the dead of winter, then disassembled and shipped to the island via container.  The foundation of concrete was constructed simultaneously by the Albury family of boatbuilders to astonishingly accurate specifications and included a 30,000 gallon freshwater cistern.  A pleasant home, large by island standards, has a wrap around porch and roof deck and other amenities and has served the owners well for many years.  Recognizing the island history, we designed the home for 100 year storms; it has since been hit by three 100 year storms!


The house weathered with ease a direct hit from Hurricane Floyd 1999, near Cat 5 with sustained winds of 154 mph and gusts to 185 mph;  9/1/2019 Elbow Cay was hit again as Hurricane Dorian 2019 made landfall a very powerful Cat 5, sustained winds of 185 mph and gusts to 220 mph.  The eye of the Hurricane traveled directly over the island.  The island of Elbow Cay, as with all of Abaco were terribly impacted with most homes sustaining catastrophic damage.  The house we designed survived. All photos withheld out of privacy and at Owners request.

Habitat for Humanity-Ten Houses,                            Zero Energy Ready Homes

Super energy efficient Solar affordable homes, Traverse City, Michigan

In Construction 2014-2016.

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.

Remodeling and Home Design

David Hanawalt AIA


California Lic#35039

Michigan Lic#40312


NY, OH and USVI prior Lic.


NCARB member

David Hanawalt, architect holds copyright to all designs shown on this website and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of NCARB for national licensing.