David Cohen, Principal of DEC Architect LLC, has devoted his architectural career to melding design excellence with a focus on client needs, a firm grasp of building technology systems, and a concern for the environment. As a recipient, during his professional degree program at the University of Virginia, of both the Masters Program Technology Book Award and the Henry Adams Certificate for Excellence in the Study of Architecture, David brings a holistic perspective to the architectural design of every project.
His twenty five-plus years of experience with synagogue design, residential architecture, and commercial interiors assures an in-depth understanding of the issues clients face in constructing a new facility, or improving their existing one. He has served on the Architectural Advisory Panel for the Rutgers Center for Green Building, been featured in NJN’s documentary “NJ Green Builders”, and has participated in several of the Union for Reform Judaism’s symposia on Synagogue Art & Architecture, and served on that organization’s Synagogue Architects Advisory Board.
David has been active for years in his own congregation (Temple Beth-El of Hillsborough, NJ), including over ten years of service on the Board of Trustees, chairmanship of the temple’s social action committee, participation in the volunteer choir, and teaching in the religious school. He has also been an active member and officer of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization, the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and Treasurer and Board member of the community service non-profit, Homesharing. These roles have nurtured an appreciation for the dynamics of committee decision-making, and the burdens and rewards of volunteerism and lay-leadership. This service on the “other side of the table” has given him a unique understanding of, and empathy for the challenges organizations face in bringing their dreams to fruition.
David’s contributions to his community have been recognized through the local chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women’s Hannah G. Solomon Award, and Temple Beth-El’s Golden Chai Award for service to the congregation.