David L. Zatopek

Class Year
1985
Award Year
2010
Degree
BED
Profession
Architecture
Biography
David Zatopek, AIA is a practicing architect and a Vice President of Corgan. As vice president, David has provided services for every type of learning environment for higher education, with a focus on career-driven spaces, sciences, technology and campus master planning. Ingrained in his practice is the idea of simulating the real-world to inspire and foster the next generation. It is David’s belief that architecture reveals hidden stories about each site and context, approaching architecture as a collaborative art that encourages input from diverse creative disciplines. Notable clients include Texas A&M University System, University of North Texas, Panola College, Dallas County Community College, Tarrant County College, Northeast Texas Community College, The Sixth Floor Museum, Texas State Technical College and numerous other public and private institutions. David’s work, in collaboration with his colleagues, has received many awards, including design awards from AIA Dallas for the Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem Competition and Preservation Dallas for the Dallas County College’s - District Offices Adaptive Re-use. David’s work for Panola College and the Sixth Museum has been featured in AIA’s Architecture for the Decade national exhibition. David served as the 2011 President of AIA Dallas, the sixth largest component of the American Institute of Architects. David has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Center for Architecture Foundation and is a graduate of the Business Council for the Arts 2009-2010 Leadership Arts Institute. In 2006, David was recognized as Architect of the Year by the Dallas AIA, and was honored by Corgan with the Phil Mein Design Excellence Award. In 2013, David was awarded the President’s Medal by AIA Dallas for his service to the profession and community. David, a native Texan and resident of Dallas, also serves his profession through close interaction with the academy. He is regularly engaged with A&M’s College of Architecture. In 2014, David was invited by Texas A&M University to participate in the John Miles Rowlett Lecture, which brings speakers of national internationality significance focusing on career-path questions. Additionally, in 2017, David was a distinguished juror for the “Celebrations of Excellence” at the college, which consists of an elite group of department friends and former students who are committed to supporting and enhancing architecture program excellence, building relationships with students and bridging gaps between academic and professional worlds. David’s commitment to the professional development of the next generation aligns with his passion for higher education architecture.
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