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David Tabenken

David Tabenken

Hacin and Associates

    • David Tabenken joined H+A in 2003 and has since been the project architect for numerous residential and commercial projects, including the award winning Project Place Gatehouse, IDEO, Boston Common Townhouse, and 1486 Tremont Street. David’s broad design experience also includes institutional projects across the country, while working at Michael Dennis and Associates and at Graham Gund Architects (now Gund Partnership). David graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Architecture and received the Eidlitz Fellowhip, a Cornell alumni grant for travel and study. A registered architect since 1995 and a LEED Accredited Professional, David is a Senior Associate at H+A. Beyond design, he has a keen interest in the managerial aspects of the firm, residential real estate and development, and watercolor painting.

      Q&A with David Tabenken

      Where do you find design inspiration?
      As a Boston-based firm, we draw inspiration from both contemporary and historic sources. We enjoy the contrasts between those resources, that can highlight the best of each one.

      How do you approach the design process?
      The design process is very intimate with our clients. We begin with careful analysis of their needs. As architects and interior designers we collaborate to ensure that our clients’ needs, both functional and artistic, are met.

      How does your aesthetic stand out amongst other designers/architects?
      Our work shows our interest in expressing a contemporary identity, and the seamless aesthetic between the architecture and interior design speaks to the collaboration between the integrated architecture and interior design teams at H+A.

      What is the greatest value you provide your client?
      We listen.

      What is your biggest challenge as a designer/architect?
      The biggest challenge we have as a design firm of integrated disciplines is creating a modern casual flow within historic homes while still preserving their integrity.

      What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
      We believe Sub-Zero and Wolf represent the finest in functionality in kitchen appliances and we are proud to be recognized by companies we admire and respect.

      Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
      Kitchen cabinetry as furniture is going to continue to be developed and expanded as a concept, until the separation between kitchen and the rest of the house feels seamless.

Award winning kitchens

Explore award winning kitchens from the prestigious Kitchen Design Contest by this designer.


KDC 2013-14