Post-professional MArch, Yale University; MArch and BArch, Tulane University
Derek Hoeferlin is a registered architect with his teaching, research, and professional work awarded, presented, and published internationally. Hoeferlin teaches core and option architecture studios at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and coordinates "Design Thinking," the graduate architecture research course preceding students' final Degree Project. Since 2008, he and his students have collaborated with University of Toronto on "Gutter to Gulf," advocating for integrated water management strategies for New Orleans. His students currently are researching and proposing alternate eco-industries integrated with St. Louis' river system and water infrastructure. Hoeferlin directs "Deltas + Watersheds (D+W)," conducting collaborative research on global comparative deltas and watersheds—primarily focused on the Mekong, Mississippi and the Rhine—to inform adaptive design strategies. In 2013, he co-organized (with John Hoal of Washington University and Dale Morris of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.) "MISI-ZIIBI: Living with the Great Rivers, Climate Adaptation Strategies in the Midwest River Basins," a multi-disciplinary, scenario-based design workshop at Washington University that included experts from The Netherlands' "Room for the River" program. Currently Hoeferlin is design lead for STUDIO MISI-ZIIBI, one of eight multi-disciplinary, finalist teams in the "Changing Course" competition for Louisiana delta coastal restoration strategies. Hoeferlin worked with Waggonner & Ball as key designer for "Dutch Dialogues," the "Urban Water Plan for New Orleans," and the HUD-sponsored "Rebuild by Design" competition for post-Sandy resiliency planning along the eastern seaboard. With H3 Studio, he helped lead the "Unified New Orleans Plan,” the only formally adopted post-Katrina recovery plan. From 1997-2003, he worked full-time for Waggonner & Ball, where he was lead designer on multiple AIA-award winning projects. With Ian Caine, Hoeferlin tied for first place in the "Rising Tides" international competition in 2009 and was named a finalist in the "Build a Better Burb" competition in 2010. In 2013, as co-lead designer with STUDIO FINN, the team received an AIA-award for its "Archipelago" proposal for Helsinki's south harbor. Hoeferlin was valedictorian and awarded multiple commencement honors at Tulane University, and was awarded the Charles O. Matchum scholarship at Yale University.
While his Japanese-American family was interned in California during World War II, Gyo Obata, one of the world's leading architects, found a welcoming place to learn and thrive at Washington University.