Daniel Backman, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Higher Education Practice Leader

Over the course of his career, Daniel has led a wide variety of projects of all types and scales, ranging from schools and mixed-use projects to office interiors and restaurants. However, a deep-rooted passion for designing spaces that support learning, creative growth and exploration led him to TLCD, where he has found a home in the world of higher education architecture. Daniel’s breadth of experience and hands-on approach to design make him uniquely suited for the technical complexity and programmatic richness of this project type.

As Principal and Higher Education Practice Leader, Daniel oversees the firm’s diverse portfolio of Community College and CSU projects across the Bay Area and Northern California. With a passion for the art in architecture and the craft of building, Daniel’s leadership fosters design excellence by providing guidance and inspiration to project teams. Clients in particular value his engagement with all aspects of the design process. He never misses the opportunity for a site visit, and relishes peeling back the layers of older buildings in order to bring them back to life.

Daniel proactively embraces the challenges in today’s educational learning environments, and loves seeing how successful spaces can inspire the extraordinary creativity and drive of students. He strives to connect on a personal level with people and the places they inhabit as a way to uncover each project’s goals and aspirations. This positive, accessible and thoughtful approach to collaboration with team members is key to his success in navigating even the most complex issues to consensus.

As a young art student, my interest in painting scenes of urban transformation ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in architecture.