Dave Metzger

David Metzger, FAIA and FCSI, retired in 2011 as Vice President of Heller & Metzger PC, an independent specifications consulting firm in Washington DC. Prior to joining the firm in 1989, he spent 19 years practicing or teaching architecture. He has written specifications for more than 300 projects, including the Abu Dhabi International Airport Midfield complex; the National World War II Memorial; the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial; renovations of the Concert Hall, Opera House, and Eisenhower Theater in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; and Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco. Previously, he was an associate with Hellmuth Obata & Kassabaum, Perkins & Will, and Wilkes & Faulkner, and Director of Production for Swanke Hayden Connell in their DC office.


Dave is a registered architect in Maryland. He has served on the AIA Masterspec Architectural Review Committee since 1992, and chaired this national AIA Committee in 2002 and 2003. He was treasurer of Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) from 1998 to 2010. He was a contributing author to Architectural Graphic Standards, 7th Edition, and has authored articles on specifying the National World War II Memorial in The Construction Specifier, and the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center in Doors and Hardware. He was a Senior Lecturer at Thames Polytechnic School of Architecture (now the University of Greenwich) in London from 1974 to 1976, and Assistant Professor at the Oklahoma State University School of Architecture from 1970 to 1972.

Dave has taught the session on Building Design & Construction Systems for the Washington, Northern Virginia, and Potomac Valley AIA Chapters’ Architectural Registration Exam preparation seminars more than 50 times. He has further served the Washington Chapter AIA as an At-Large Director and as Commissioner for Publications.

He received his B. Arch with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1968, and an M.S. in Architectural Science from Cornell University in 1970. He served on the Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning Alumni Board of Governors from 1995 to 2001, and was Board Secretary from 1997 to 2001. In appreciation for the education he received at Michigan, Dave and his wife have endowed a scholarship at the University that has been awarded annually since 2001.

Dave is one of only 32 people who have been “double fellows” in the AIA and CSI. He is the only person to have received the highest award from the Washington DC Chapters of both the AIA and CSI: the DC AIA Centennial Medal in 2011, recognizing an individual with 10 or more years of service to the Chapter, the community or the profession; and the DC Metro CSI Carl J. Ebert Award in 2001, given to an individual who exhibits the dedication of Mr. Ebert, a founding member of the Institute and the DC Metro Chapter. Dave was the 2012 recipient of the Architect of the Year Award from the District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies.