David Hanawalt AIA



Napa, California  /   Traverse, Michigan 

Practiced as a licensed architect in California, New York, Ohio, the US Virgin Islands and Michigan. Holds an NCARB council record for nationwide reciprocity licensing. In younger days, worked in NYC art galleries and as a licensed general contractor in City of San Francisco.  



September 15, 1995 to Present Day founded David T. Hanawalt AIA

Professional architect licensed in California & Michigan

& Historical licenses in New York, Ohio, US Virgin Islands


2015-2020 Consulting architect for Lail Design Group, St.Helena, CA

Wineries, professional offices and stores, private homes

2016 Project designed for Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse 

Won US Department of Energy award for Net Zero Energy affordable homes:

“The Depot Neighborhood”

2015 Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies Certificate, Stanford University 

2008 Won Architectural Detail of the Year for Model-T Rolling Bed

Custom Designed and constructed to roll on ball bearings/tracks out into screen porch

Annual Awards, Residential Architect magazine/Hanley Wood publications 

1998-2005  Planning Commissioner for Suttons Bay, MI and Leelanau County, MI

1993-1995 Consulting architect for firms GBKB and CWST, Traverse, MI

Designed hospitals, public schools, clinics and homes.

1992-1993 Instructor for Parsons School of Design:  "Introduction to Lighting", NYC

1988-1993 Storefront for Art & Architecture, Publications director, NYC

1989-1992 Perkins, Geddis, Eastman Architects, 535 Fifth Avenue, NYC  Junior Architect

1987  Richard Gluckman, Architect, NYC   Junior Architect, NYC


1986-1989 Columbia University, New York City

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Master of Architecture, M.Arch


1986  Lucasfilm, Marin County, California  Freelance model builder, modelmaker for the Skywalker Sound Scoring Stage and Skywalker Screening Room Theater and also an overall model of the post production facility at Lucas Ranch  

1985  William Stout, Architect and Bookseller, San Francisco 

Junior Architect/intern in architectural office beneath Bill's bookstore.

1985  James Turrell, Artist, Venice, California  Model Builder, Modelmaker for the

Roden Crater Model (9'x27', plaster landscape sections)

1984  Red Dog Construction  Owner, Design and Construction company in San Francisco. 

Licensed Construction Contractor in California.  Downtown offices, studios, galleries, stores.

1984  Paula Cooper Gallery, Soho NYC  Installations, lighting, art handler.

1983  Spaeth Display, NYC   Carpenter for Lord&Taylor and Saks Fifth Avenue

Animated Christmas windows.

1983  Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, NYC  Freelance maquette builder for "Set-Reset" Brooklyn Academy of Music performance with Trisha Brown Dancers and Laurie Anderson. 

Maquette showed at Paula Cooper Gallery.

1982  Grjebine Residence, Montparnasse, Paris  Engineering and construction of oak and steel reinforcement in 18th c. building. 

1978-1982 Architectural Modelmaker for:

Lars Lerup, Stanley Saitowitz, HOK, ELS & Marquis Associates 

1978-79 Playground design and construction for UC Child Care Center

Designed and constructed playground on UC Berkeley campus with Matthew Piner

1978  Daily Californian newspaper, Berkeley, CA  Night Editing Staff


1976-1981  University of California, Berkeley

College of Environmental Design, Architecture A.B. Arch

Alpha Rho Chi medal for class creative Leadership 

Bakewell/Brown & Weihe first prize for Architectural drawing


1958-1976  New Haven-Copenhagen-Pasadena-Palo Alto



by Linda Leigh Paul, Lakeside Living  published by Rizzoli/Universe.

Book introduction is a conversation with DH.

Includes three houses:
Wege House
Asmussen/Cooper House
Carlson’s Fishtown Shanty

by David Hanawalt, History of Storefront for Art and Architecture 

published by Storefront for Art and Architecture, 1992
Survey/Compilation of projects and exhibitions for the first ten years of the organization

GSAPP, Abstract 1988-89 annual publication of student work
Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
“Asylum, Manhattan”, my thesis project was used for the cover & p46,

Orestes charrette, p120


New York Times
Playing to the Wind and the Waves, by Jim Robbins
New York Times, Thursday, January 20, 2005
Syndicated to Grand Rapids PressLansing Journal
Article documenting the Wege House,

Chicago Tribune

“Home, Suite Home”, by Lori Hall Steele
Chicago Tribune, Sunday, August 28, 2005
Wege House


Detroit Free Press

“Nature’s Song”, by Anne Stanton
Detroit Free Press, Sunday, November 7, 2004
Wege House


Chicago Sun Times & Traverse City Record Eagle

“Architect is music to family’s ears”, by Tom Carr
Traverse City Record Eagle, Sunday February 26, 2006
Syndicated to Chicago Sun Times
Wege House


Detroit Free Press

“A Dream of Music and Light”, by Anne Stanton
Detroit Free Press, Sunday, October 31, 2004
Belitsos House


New York Times
CAMPUS LIFE: Columbia; An Old Chapel Yields New Space For Art Gallery
New York Times, April 2, 1989   Designed and assisted in construction of
PostCrypt Art Gallery, St. Pauls Chapel




USA Today

“Best Wine Country Hotel (2020)”,  

USA Today, 10Best, Readers’ Choice, 2020

Black Star Inn won best wine country hotel of the year, I designed dining hall & (3) rooms


Wine Enthusiast

“America’s Best Tasting Rooms”

Wine Enthusiast Magazine, May 2008
Article cited 25 tasting rooms nationwide, including Black
Star Winery


Residential Architect

“Annual Awards 2008”

Belitsos House, Model-T rolling bed won First Prize, Architectural Detail of the Year


Traverse Magazine

“New England Sensibilities”, by Elizabeth Edwards
Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine, February 2009

Amos House

“The Fisherman Who Saved Fishtown”, by Elizabeth Edwards
Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine, July 2007
Carlson’s Fishtown Shanty

“The Symphonic House”, by Lori Hall Steele
Traverse: Northern Home and Cottage, July/Aug 2007
Wege House


“True to the Timbers”, by Lori Hall Steele
Northern Home & Cottage, Jan/Feb 2006
Wilson Log Home


“The ProFile: David Hanawalt”, by Elizabeth Edwards
Northern Home and Cottage, Jan/Feb 2005
Belitsos House for magician


“Destination: Black Star Farms”, By Lori Hall Steele
Traverse Magazine, Sept 2002
Black Star Winery and Inn, Leelanau Cheese Creamery

Attache Magazine (US Airways):
“House Music”, by Lori Hall Steele
Attache (US Airways), Sept 2005
Wege House

Strad Magazine
“Michigan’s House of Strings”
Strad Magazine, "essential reading for the string music world" (London), April 2005
Wege House, interesting note, the facing page to the article was an advert for an upcoming sale of a Stradivarius.

Elle Décor
Moscow Edition, 2005 (print authorized, but we have not seen this one yet)
Wege House

I.D. Magazine

“Michael Mabry Design Studio, San Francisco”

I.D. Magazine, 1984
Designed and Constructed their studio.




Video & Television:

“David Hanawalt & William Close: The Symphonic House”

Mercedes Benz Foundation, Director/Producer Pete Erickson



"Offbeat America", an HGTV series, six national network minutes about
the Belitsos House (house for a Magician).