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Author photo. David Bienn on rue Chartres in New Orleans, 2005

David Bienn on rue Chartres in New Orleans, 2005

David Bienn

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Best known for retro-fitting historic buildings with functional contemporary, human-scale, designs. 

David Bienn was born in New Orleans, and graduated from the School of Architecture at Tulane University. Bienn is best known for retro-fitting historic buildings with contemporary and human-scale, functional designs. He designed the contemporary gallery, Res Nova in a former early-19th century tobacco warehouse in the New Orleans warehouse district (the Heriard-Cimino Gallery is current tenant); during a several-year stint in New York City, he collaborated with the design of the Tribeca, Manhattan loft-studio of international sculptor Keith Sonnier. Bienn lived for nearly a decade in St. Petersburg, Russia, after glasnost and the fall of the Soviet Union, working extensively on the design and implementation of modular and green housing. Since 2005 Bienn has returned to the USA to help rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Currently he is designing the future Valatie Free Library in Columbia County, NY, which was featured by the United Nations at their 2012 Sustainability Summit in Rio as a near-Net-Zero community hub "Sustainable Library" template.
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