David Gerber

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Professor of Practice in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture


  • Doctoral Degree, Harvard University
  • Master's Degree, Architectural Association DRL in London
  • Master's Degree, Harvard University
  • Bachelor's Degree, University of California - Berkeley


Dr. Gerber holds a joint appointment at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Architecture as an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Practice and of Architecture. Dr. Gerber is also the program Director for the Civil Engineering Building Science undergraduate program and the program Director for the Masters in Advanced Design and Construction Technology Program. He teaches in both the Viterbi School of Engineering and the School of Architecture.

Dr. Gerber's professional experience includes working in architectural, engineering and technology practices in the United States, Europe, India and Asia for Zaha Hadid Architects in London; for Gehry Technologies in Los Angeles; for Moshe Safdie Architects in Massachusetts; The Steinberg Group Architects in California; and for Arup as the Global Research Manager. Dr. Gerber’s research has been industry, fellowship, and NSF funded and is focussed on the development of innovative systems, tools, methods for design of the built environment. He currently advises, and co advises PhD students from Architecture and Engineering on topics that integrate computer science, robotics, engineering, with architecture.

David Gerber received his undergraduate architectural education at the University of California Berkeley (Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, 1996). He completed his first professional degree at the Design Research Laboratory of the Architectural Association in London (Master of Architecture, 2000), his post professional research degree (Master of Design Studies, 2003) and his Doctoral studies (Doctor of Design, June 2007) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

  • Associate Director of Program or Center, Associate Director of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (TIE)
  • Dir-Acad Prog, BSCE Building Science Program and MSCE Masters of Advanced Design and Construction Technology Program
  • Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • KAP 224D
  • Kaprielian Hall
  • 3620 South Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 2531

Contact Information
  • (617) 794-7367
  • dgerber@usc.edu


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