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Dave Burns

Dave Burns AIA LEED AP
Retired-Principal

After 22 years as Design Principal of BWS Architects, Dave has retired from the practice, leaving fellow Principals Robin Shambach and Frank Slingerland to continue the firmís successful achievements of the past 60 years beginning with Bernie Friedman and Fred Jobusch in 1953. Dave and David Wald-Hopkins acquired the firm in 1992 and renamed it Burns Wald-Hopkins Architects. When Robin Shambach became a Principal in 2004 the name was changed again to BWS Architects. Frank Slingerland joined the firm in 2010 and a succession plan was initiated that allowed David to retire in 2011, and Dave to retire this year.

Dave began his career in his home state, Montana, receiving his Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University. After moving to Tucson in 1984, Dave worked for 2 firms in Tucson before he and David set out on a very enjoyable, rewarding journey in the business of architecture that included many award-winning projects throughout Arizona.

Dave has been active in the community as well, serving 8 years on the City of Tucson Design Review Board, Past-President of the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Treasurer and Board Member of the Arizona Chapter of the US Green Building Council, Founding Board Member and Faculty member of the Tucson Community Design Academy, and serving on the Advisory Council for his alma mater, MSU. Dave was awarded the Arizona Medal by the AIA in 2006.

Significant projects in which Dave was Lead Designer include: Desert Vista Campus for Pima Community College (receiving the first LEED certificate in Arizona), Extended Campuses Center at Northern Arizona University (LEED Gold), Edith Ball Aquatic Center for the City of Tucson, Sierra Vista Public Library, Oro Valley Public Library, the University Police Station for the University of Arizona, the Learning Services Building for the University of Arizona, Sahuarita Municipal Center, and numerous other libraries, medical clinics, schools, municipal buildings, recreational, and historic preservation projects, including the offices of BWS Architects at 261 North Court Ave.

Dave and his wife, Nancy Carnero, will continue to live in Tucson, escaping to Montana for the summers, hiking, fishing, painting, playing his guitar, singing with the Sons Of Orpheus Male Choir of Tucson and enjoying the many friends and family that have supported his career in so many ways.