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David N. Duncan, AIA

David Duncan, founder of Needham Duncan Architecture LLC, has over thirty years experience in residential, commercial and institutional architecture. He is a registered architect who received his undergraduate degree with honors in art history from Trinity College in Hartford, CT in 1979 and his Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University in 1983.

For eight years, David practiced in Washington, D.C. with two nationally-renowned architectural firms. During this time, he was exposed to some of the most restrictive zoning and historic requirements in the country, having to overcome and work creatively within the confines of these regulatory guidelines. He founded Needham Duncan Architecture in Connecticut in September of 1991, and is also licensed in the state of New York.

In addition to his client work, he has been very involved in his communities, assisting groups such as Habitat for Humanity, regional economic development agencies, local building committees and historic districts in an advisory capacity, the Town of Madison, Advisory Committee on Architectural Appearance, the Lyme Art Association and the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut.


• State of Connecticut - 1988
• National Council of Architectural Registration Boards - Certified 1996
• State of New York - 2013


Commendation from Connecticut State Senator Ed Meyer, Vice Chair of the Environment Committee, for working with him on geothermal energy concerns.

Associate Professor

Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut 2016/2017


Shellfish Depuration Facility, Noank, CT
   • Small pilot plant, the first in the state, for the cleansing of shellfish
      Published in New London Day, April 1992, Mystic River Press, November 1992

800 North Capitol Street, Washington, D.C.
   • Published in Architecture, June 1993
   • AIA - Washington, DC Chapter, Award for Excellence in Architecture - 1993
   • Associated Builders & Contractors, Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Construction - 1993
   • Architectural Precast Association, Award for Design Excellence – 1993
   • AIA/Brick Institute of America, Brick in Architecture Award – 1993

Amy on Wall Street, Fine Women’s Clothing, Madison, CT
   • Published in Living on the Shoreline, Fall 2002

Smizer Perry Design, New London, CT
   • Published in New London Day, January 9, 2005

Crocker House, New London, CT
   • “Award of Merit,” Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, 2006
   • New London Landmarks Architectural Award, 2006
   • Published in the New London Day, May 7, 2004


Ballard House, Sandwich, MA
   • Published in Cape Cod Life, January 1997, The Boston Sunday Globe, Real Estate,
     January 5, 1997

Smith House, Groton Long Point, CT
   • Published New London Day, June 30, 2000

Private Home, Groton Long Point, CT
   • Published in Dream Kitchens, The Heart of the Home, John and Cassidy Olson,
     A Schiffer Design Book, 2003

Private Home, Essex, CT
   • Published Kitchen Ideas That Work, Beth Veillette, Taunton Press, 2006

Bolt House, Cos Cob, CT
   • Published in Women’s Day, October 2006

Private Home, Milford, CT
   • Published Hartford Courant, August 4, 2007

Private Home, Monson, MA
   • Exhibits in American Institute of Architects/Connecticut 1995-1996 Traveling Exhibition
   • Published in Living Spaces, The Country Living Issue, Spring 2009

Private Home, Tolland, CT
   • Award - 2009 “Best Custom Home Award” in the 5,000 to 6,000 sf range in the Hartford area