Daniel Arthur Weissman

Daniel Arthur Weissman, BA05

Dan Weissman AIA, Associate IALD, is a registered architect and award-winning lighting designer at Lam Partners in Cambridge, MA. He is also an educator, entrepreneur, musician, artist, husband, and new father.

Lam Partners first hired Weissman after he spent the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner sitting with awardee and Lam principal Paul Zaferiou, who suggested Weissman come to Cambridge, because "we have bagels on Fridays" (sold!). During this first stint at Lam, Weissman and his colleagues collaborated on numerous projects with Moshe Safdie, for which the design team won top design awards (Kauffman Center pictured above won awards in 2012).

In 2008 Weissman left Lam to attend University of Michigan's Taubman College, where he studied in the informal cities of Brazil and China, theorized about Landfill Urbanism, and won the Henry Adams Medal upon earning an MArch in 2010. Immediately after, he bolted back to Cambridge to pursue a Master of Design Studies Degree at Harvard GSD, where he worked in post-earthquake Haiti and published peer-reviewed daylighting research with professor Christoph Reinhart at MIT.

After completing his degree at Harvard, Weissman joined Safdie Architects, serving as the office's "Master Grasshopperer." Then, in 2014, he returned to Lam under new auspices: he created Lam Labs, the firm's nascent research and development wing, and serves as director. He is also an associate at the firm, managing design projects in addition to the Lab.

Weissman loves to teach, and has been a faculty member of the Boston Architectural College since 2012, having taught numerous design studios and Building Technology courses since beginning his teaching career at the College in 2006. Most recently, he taught Daylighting at Harvard GSD, and often lectures at local institutions. Weissman also co-founded and serves as director of content for Section Cut, a web project seeking to demystify the design process for young and aspiring designers.

Weissman was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he is an accomplished woodcut artist, woodworker, mandolinist, and french hornist. His latest project, with wife Lanie, is their new son, Max. Weissman is a proud, third-generation WashU alumnus, continuing the Schechter family legacy.