The Bohlen-Pierce Symposium
First symposium on the Bohlen-Pierce scale, Boston, March 7 – 9, 2010
David Lieberman

Instrument Builder

Educated in architecture, sculpture, and industrial design at Cornell University in New York, California Institute of the Arts, California Institute of Technology, and the Architectural Association in London, England, David Lieberman has been a practicing architect since 1974. He is an Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture Landscape and Design, University of Toronto and has a long term adjunct appointment at the School of Architecture, University of Waterloo. He has taught at the Laban Institute of Dance and in both Planning and Landscape Design in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. Teaching responsibilities include thesis, urban design, comprehensive building studios, and lecture seminars in the culture of architecture. He has moderated sessions at the Digital Fabrications Conference and the Northern Voices Choral Festival. Recent work includes a cultural college for the Hobbema Cree Nation, production design for feature films and the stage, design of a 200 metre operable floating bridge, a house on the Toronto Islands, a medical clinic, a 25,000 sq.ft. roof garden, and a 150 unit residential condominium. Current work includes technical consultancy to a millwork fabricator, industrial design for a steel fabricator, several residences in the Toronto area, a fourplex in Manhattan, and a new daycare facility. Materials development and testing are ongoing research activities in addition to the construction of alchemical instruments in landscape. Current research includes faculty advisor to North House, the University of Waterloo entry to the Solar Decathlon and advisor to the Gemini initiative in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Toronto. As a member of the planning committee for the soundaXis festival of New Music and a board member of the Music Gallery, research has, of late, focused on listening to the sounds and desires of the city leading to the construction of a series of large scale instruments. David Lieberman is not a musician, but has enjoyed the pleasures of music and is constantly challenged by the space between notes.