David Merlin is a registered architect who received his Master of Architecture from Tulane University and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University with Cum Laude distinction in Economics. David’s interests span between professional practice and academic research as he is the principle of Frame Works, a design technology consulting firm, and holds appointments at Tulane School of Architecture and LSU College of Art and Design.
David’s research focuses on the relationship between design technology, information, and fabrication. Applications of this research include building information modeling, parametric modeling, and digital fabrication. This translates into practice through BIM implementation, project consulting, production, and support to AEC clients.
Prior to joining the faculty at Tulane and LSU, David held the position of Project Designer at Trahan Architects where he co-lead the implementation of digital production processes while working on the Louisiana State Museum and Sports Hall of Fame, renovations and enhancements to the Louisiana Superdome, and the Ownesboro-Daviess County Convention Center. He also works with Laurel Porcari as an artist assistant supporting the design, fabrication, and installation of architectural art glass.