Chad Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C

Chad Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C

Chad Hamilton AIA LEED AP BD+C ALEP – Principal

Chad Hamilton has made design for education his focus for over twenty-five years. He is fascinated by the way different people learn, which motivates him as he leads diverse clients and user groups through the complexities of designing facilities for 21st-century learning.

In addition to leading the design of educational facilities at our firm, Chad has served on advisory boards for the Collaborative for High Performing Schools and the Division of the State Architect, and advised on the development of the California Green Building Code.  He is an accredited member of the United States Green Building Council and an Accredited Learning Environments Planner. In 2015, H+AA was selected as one of the top seven firms in California to prepare a case study on the pathway to net zero energy use for existing schools and colleges. With our firm, he was earned numerous design awards, including an AIA Honor award for the design of the Maritime Center, a charter school.

Chad believes that that the intersection of education and sustainability is critical to determine our path forward as a society, and that design is the key unlock the future.

Burlingame Intermediate School at dusk.

Burlingame Intermediate School at dusk.


MS Arch – Columbia University

BArch – California Polytechnic State University

Registration and Certifications

California Architect

LEED Accredited Professional - Building Design & Construction – LEED AP BD+C

Accredited Learning Environments Planner – ALEP


American Institute of Architects – AIA

United States Green Building Council – USGBC

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research – SPUR

Collaborative for High Performing Schools – CHPS

Association for Learning Environments – A4LE


Division of the State Architect Advisory Board

American Institute of Architects California Council – Legislative Advocacy Committee, Committee on Architecture for Education

Bernal Heights Neighborhood Association – past President, Board of Trustees

Boy Scouts of America – past Scoutmaster, District Commissioner, Adult Trainer, Wood Badge Course Director, Council Training Chair.

Youth Athletics Coach