David Terpening is a native of the Mid-Peninsula (Portola Valley), born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Washington, David returned to the Mid Peninsula to continue his career in Architecture, joining the architectural firm of William A. Churchill in 1982. The firm specialized in all forms of custom residential architecture and interiors. David became a senior associate and office manager with the firm in 1986.

In 1989, David established his own firm, continuing to specialize in all forms of custom residential design.


About David

David chose the field of architecture as a profession that combined many of his personal interests such as the Visual Arts, Architectural History, and Construction and Material Sciences.
He received his training at Churchill and Associates. As someone who lived and grew up in the Bay Area, David knows the meaning of "Bay Area Architecture", including:

the direct relationship to the outdoors, the site and the lifestyles of out-door living;
the importance of the site and how the architecture relates to and takes advantage of the site’s unique features however rural, suburban or urban, no matter what the challenges (Views, orientation, natural features, privacy, access, etc.);
incorporating the qualities of California and Bay Area Architecture into the design of the project—especially when referencing historical styles;
and an enduring and unyielding commitment to quality with an unsurpassed attention to detail.

Licensing and credentials

  • State of California Architect’s License No. C-19941
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Architect’s License no. 0401-13169 (inactive)
  • State of Idaho Architect’s License no. AR984206 (inactive)
  • B.A. Architecture University of Washington, 1981
  • Candidate M. Arch. California Polytechnic University, Pomona 1982