David Lever, Ph.D., R.A., D.A.
B.A., Cornell University
Ph.D., Rice University
David Lever has served as Executive Director of the State of Maryland Public School Construction Program since April of 2003. He is responsible for the management of State funding for school capital improvement projects throughout Maryland, including approvals of facility programming, planning, design, and procurement. In addition, his agency takes a lead role in promoting progressive school design for high performance schools, innovative design and construction methodologies, and sustainable architecture and site design. Dr. Lever has worked closely with the Maryland General Assembly, the Executive Branch, and a variety of State and local agencies to promote progressive school design and construction practices throughout the state.
Previously, Dr. Lever was Director of Planning and Architectural Services for Prince George’s County Public Schools from April 2001 until April 2003, following four years as Capital Improvement Program Officer for the school system. As Director, he was responsible for carrying out the capital expenditure budget, consisting of school construction projects that exceeded $400 million in construction value. His activities covered all stages of project execution, from scope determination and site selection to architectural design, construction, and close-out. Projects in the capital program included new and replacement schools, major renovations, science classroom renovations, and classroom additions.
Before entering service with Prince George’s County Public Schools in 1996, Dr. Lever had 24 years of experience in building construction and private sector architectural practice, including the design and management of projects in the educational, medical, commercial, and housing fields. From 1988 to 1993 he was involved in urban design and community planning in Dallas and Houston, Texas.
Mr. Lever has a Masters degree in architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a doctorate in urban design from Rice University School of Architecture, Houston, Texas. From 1991 to 1993 he taught urban design at Rice and the University of Houston, and since 1993 has taught at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center and the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. His courses include a survey of urban design paradigms as well as seminars on the city and the environment, the public realm, and 21st century city form. The survey course addresses the work and thought of crucial urban designers from Frederick Law Olmsted to the modern period, and involves student teams in a design exercise to develop written and graphic guidelines for a hypothetical city of one million people in the Virginia Piedmont. The spring seminars allow students to undertake research and discussion on topics of concern in the search for a valid approach to 21st century urban design.