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David Hovey Jr., AIA

Vice President - Optima, Inc.
President - Optima DCHGlobal, Inc.

David Hovey, Jr. graduated from Cornell University in 2001 with a B.S. in City and Regional Planning and continued with Optima Inc. as a construction superintendent and project manager. In 2004 he received his Masters of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology and founded Optima DCHGlobal Inc. in 2007 with the intentions of developing a sustainable architectural building system that uses standardized components to enable customized buildings to be built efficiently any location, climate, or terrain.

Hovey Jr. designed and developed the DCHGlobal Building System while working on his master’s thesis at Illinois Institute of Technology. At IIT Hovey Jr. was advised by Arthur S. Takeuchi who was also the mentor and master's thesis adviser for David’s father in the 1970’s. In 2009 Hovey Jr. completed the prototype of the system "DCHGlobal Relic Rock", a series of single family homes located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hovey Jr.’s "DCHGlobal Relic Rock" has since won the Honor Award for AIA Chicago, the Honor award for AIA Arizona, The International Green Good Award, and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture Award. DCHGlobal Relic Rock is also featured on the brochure cover for the 2011 GMC Acadia Denali. Hovey Jr. has subsequently received U.S. and international patents for the system.

Lectures/Presentations/Panels

  • March 2014 – Stockholm Sweden Veidekke VDC Course
  • September 2013 – Abu Dhabi UAE - Middle East Building Information Modeling Conference
  • November 2012 - Stanford University CIFE - "Optima and Optima DCHGlobal"
  • June 2012 - Stanford University CIFE - "Architecture and Schedule Performance"
  • October 2011 - ULI Fall Conference - "Innovation for Real Estate: Building Information Modeling"
  • October 2011 - CEE212A - "Industry Applications of Virtual Design and Construction"
  • May 2011 - AIA National Convention - "Integrated Design to Fabrication for Urban Housing Solutions"
  • May 2011 - AIA National Convention TAP Rapidfire Panel
  • November 2010 - Stanford University CEE241 - "Managing Fabrication and Construction"
  • September 2010 - Stanford University CEE241 - "Managing Fabrication and Construction"
  • June 2010 - Stanford University CIFE Summer Program
  • November 2009 - Stanford University CEE241 - "Managing Fabrication and Construction"
  • September 2009 - AIA Technology and Practice - "Optima Inc. 30 Years in IPD"
  • September 2009 - Stanford University CEE241 - "Managing Fabrication and Construction"
  • September 2009 - Illinois Institute of Technology Fall Lecture Series - "The New Meccano Set"
  • June 2009 - Stanford University CIFE Summer Program

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