Davida Rochlin pursued her architectural undergraduate and graduate education at the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1970’s, the School of Architecture provided a visionary program that emphasized ecological and environmental design. Her pioneering Masters thesis, The American Porch, brought new attention to an overlooked and underappreciated design element that has endured as a social and cultural icon, and as a passive solar design.
Her work grew into a nationally recognized exhibition entitled “The Front Porch”, at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, California. The exhibition, with catalog published by Rizzoli, New York was one of thirteen exhibitions, entitled Home Sweet Home, American Domestic Vernacular Architecture organized by Charles Moore FAIA. Early in her professional practice, one of Ms. Rochlin’s goals was to reinstitute the porch in contemporary architectural forms. Her current residential projects achieve high design with low impact.
Davida Rochlin, AIA, LEED AP HOMES is a member of USGBC, Los Angeles Chapter and the International Living Future Institute.