David Gamble


David Gamble is Founding Principal of Gamble Associates and a Lecturer in Urban Design at MIT. He was a Lecturer and Design Critic at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) from 2009-2021, and taught previously at Syracuse University and Northeastern. He is a former chair of the AIA’s Regional and Urban Design Committee (2017-2021) and the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) Urban Design Committee. He has served on the Boards of the BSA and Architecture Boston. His prior work experience includes Cambridge-based Chan Krieger Sieniewicz (now NBBJ), Krier&Kohl in Berlin, Germany and vanMerkestyn&Partners in Potsdam, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. David received a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree from Kent State University and a Master’s of Architecture in Urban Design, with distinction, from the GSD. He is a recipient of the AIA’s National Young Architects Award and the Gabriel Prize.

David’s research and writing probe the catalytic effects of contemporary urban design and planning projects with a focus on creative implementation strategies to enable redevelopment. Together with Patty Heyda (Washington University) he published “Rebuilding the American City” published by Routledge Press (2016). The book presents five paradigms for redevelopment and a range of perspectives on the complexities, strategies, successes, and challenges inherent to rebuilding American cities today. “Reinventing the American Town” (Routledge) will be published in 2024 and highlights was smaller communities of 50,000 people or less are doing to meet physical, social, environmental, and economic challenges. David is editor of the forthcoming book “Idea City,” (University of Massachusetts Press, 2023) which brings together nearly two dozen scholars and reflective practitioners to consider ways to improve the Greater Boston region for everyone.


Rochester Riverfront Area Wide Plan

Honor Award, 2022 Boston Society of Architects

Professional Planner of the Year

2019 American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter

Design Guidelines + Standards Manual

Honor Award, Campus & Urban Planning Award, 2015 Boston Society of Architects

Design Guidelines + Standards Manual 

2015 American Planning Association, Massachusetts Chapter

National Young Architects Award 

American Institute of Architects

Sanford Millyard Brownfield Area-Wide Plan

Citation, 2012 Boston Society of Architects

Gabriel Prize 

Western European Architecture Foundation