- B.Arch from the University of North Carolina – Charlotte
- M.Arch from the University of California - Berkeley
David Jaehning studied architecture at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte (BArch), and the University of California – Berkeley (MArch). He lectured and assisted the Comprehensive Design Studio at the University of Arkansas from 2012 to 2013, and was an invited visiting critic at the Fay Jones School of Architecture, and Carnegie Mellon University. He currently teaches at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design.
He worked for renowned architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, David Chipperfield, Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill, and Marlon Blackwell before establishing his own practice, David Jaehning Architect, in San Francisco. The work of the studio is based on research that explores local typologies and historic forms, as it develops contemporary projects within public and private realms. The practice is interested in a delicate complicity with vernacular settings, combined with restrained formal and spatial interventions. This philosophy creates bold singular works that are both highly abstract, yet strangely familiar.
The studio aims to have a wide range of work at a variety of scales for a multiplicity of cultures. They believe that precise ideas require equally rigorous forms and details. This approach underscores their interest in materials and thoughtful construction, which is embedded into the research of the office.