David Sachs, AIA

David Sachs, DArch, AIA

Professor, Emeritus


Curriculum Vitae

Professor Sachs holds an undergraduate degree in economics from Stetson University, a professional masters degree in architecture from Rice University, and a doctorate in architectural history from the University of Michigan. He practiced architecture in various contexts for a decade before joining the Kansas State University faculty.

In his 30+ years at Kansas State, he has taught a wide array of courses including all levels of design studio, a lecture course on architectural programming, and seminars on: modern architecture, Kansas City architecture, architecture since 1945, history of urban space, urban space in Italy, journaling, photography, and drawing. He has also held a number of administrative positions including Director of the Kansas City Academic Program, Department Head, and Coordinator of the College’s PhD program.

His scholarly interests include: issues in architectural practice, 20th Century architecture, regional architecture, and urban space. His preferred scholarly methods include traditional historical scholarship, oral history, and photographic ethnography. He has published books on the Louisiana architect A. Hays Town, and on Kansas architecture, and was the author of the Kansas section of Archipedia, an on-line guide to American architecture produced by the Society of Architectural Historians. He has published a number of articles, and over fifty book reviews, and has delivered dozens of scholarly papers on a wide variety of subjects. Sachs served as the 2011-2013 Regnier Distinguished Faculty Chair.