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David Childs

David Childs

American architect
David Childs
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Intro American architect
A.K.A. David Magie Childs
Is Architect
From United States of America
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 1 April 1941, Princeton, USA
Age 80 years
Star sign Aries
Yale University
Deerfield Academy
Yale School of Architecture
Notable Works
Time Warner Center  
7 World Trade Center  
One Worldwide Plaza  
Rome Prize  
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383 Madison Avenue at night

David Magie Childs (born April 1, 1941) is an American architect and chairman emeritus of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. He is best known for being the architect of the new One World Trade Center in New York City.

Early life and education

Childs graduated from Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts, in 1959 and from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut in 1963. He first majored in zoology before he then turned to architecture at the Yale School of Architecture and earned his master's degree in 1967.


He joined the Washington, D.C., office of SOM in 1971, after working with Nathaniel Owings and Daniel Patrick Moynihan on plans for the redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue. Childs was a design partner of the firm in Washington until 1984, when he moved to SOM's New York Office.

His major projects include: in Washington, D.C., 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, the Four Seasons Hotel, master plans for the National Mall, the U.S. News and World Report headquarters, and the headquarters for National Geographic; in New York City, Worldwide Plaza, 450 Lexington Avenue, Bertelsmann Tower, and One World Trade Center; and internationally, the Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, and the Changi international terminal in Singapore.

Childs served as the chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission from 1975 to 1981 and he was appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts in 2002, serving as chairman from 2003 to 2005. He was the recipient of a Rome Prize in 2004; named a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council in 2010; and has served on the boards of the Municipal Art Society, the Museum of Modern Art, and the American Academy in Rome.

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill projects

Washington, D.C. (1971–1985)

  • Metro Center (1976)
  • Formerly the Daon Building, now the Inter-American Development Bank, 1300 New York Avenue, NW (1984)
  • National Geographic headquarters M Street building (1985)
  • Four Seasons (1979), Regent, and Park Hyatt Washington (1986) hotels
  • Expansion of the Dulles Airport main terminal
  • U.S. News and World Report headquarters

New York City (1984–present)


  • Worldwide Plaza 825 8th Avenue (1989)
  • Bertelsmann Building at Times Square (1990)
  • Bear Stearns Headquarters (383 Madison Avenue) (2002); now occupied by JPMorgan Chase
  • Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle (2003)
  • Boston Properties Times Square Tower (2004)
  • 7 World Trade Center 250 Greenwich Street (2006)
  • One World Trade Center (topped out, 2012; completed, 2013; opened, November 3, 2014)
    One World Trade Center, New York City.
  • 450 Lexington Avenue (over the Grand Central Station Post Office at Grand Central Terminal )
  • New York Mercantile Exchange
  • JFK International Airport Arrivals Building


  • New New York Stock Exchange
  • New Pennsylvania Station (Moynihan Station) at James Farley Post Office Building (2019 completion)
  • Renovation of Lever House 390 Park Avenue

Other locations

  • Embassy of the United States in Ottawa, 1999
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 12 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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