David Baird was raised in Iowa City, Iowa, and benefited from the diverse thought and expression cultivated in a college town. The child of educators, (his father a professor, his mother an elementary school teacher) he was encouraged in his creative pursuits from an early age. Baird has been a professional artist since 1990. His art work has been exhibited in over 50 venues across the country including seven museums. He has had solo exhibitions in Paris France and Mittersill, Austria.
His work has won several awards and has been recognized by Peter Frank–The Village Voice; Jane Aldin–Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; George P. Schneider–The Arts Institute of Chicago; Beth Handler—Museum of Modern Art, NYC, Phyllis Braff– New York Times; Fiona Ragheb—Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Helen Harrison– Pollack-Krasner House; Lisa Phillips and David Kiehl, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
Baird studied architecture at the University of Illinois, Champaign and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1987. From Champaign, Illinois, he moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he studied and worked for a Danish design firm. Upon his return to the United States, David was offered an assistantship at the University of Arizona, Tucson, which he accepted. There he studied art and architecture and obtained a Master of Architecture Degree in 1991. Since graduation Baird has published over 20 academic papers, lectured at a dozen major universities and has received major grants that have supported his architectural investigations. This work has been recognized by his peers, published extensively and given numerous awards.
David is currently professor of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, College of Fine Arts which houses Nevada’s premier accredited design programs in Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture & Planning and Architecture. He is also the co-founder of +one design and construction – an award-winning firm www.plus1dc.com. These platforms are an outlet for his socially responsible art and architecture.