AITCH is a boutique design studio founded by Dan Hapton that specializes in the creative revitalization of existing buildings.
Dan Hapton is an architectural designer, educator, and artist. He is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Calgary and principal of AITCH Design Ltd. Dan earned his M.Arch degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles–one of the world’s premier institutes for research and innovation in the field of architecture–where he was awarded the Henry Adams Medal from the American Institute of Architects for top-ranked graduates. He was mentored by Morphosis–a world-renowned design firm–during his time as a student, and soon after practiced in the office of Eric Owen Moss, where he played a significant role in the construction of the award-winning experimental restaurant Vespertine. Before his time in Southern California, he practiced with award-winning design and architecture studios in Copenhagen and Berlin. Dan also holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design (Honors) from the University of British Columbia and a Cabinet Maker’s Certificate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Dan’s designs have won acknowledgment with recent features in Western Living, Design Calgary, Avenue Magazine, Ground-Up Journal, Non-Architecture Journal, and Melbourne Design Week.
Dan’s design philosophy is a response to the crises of our time—climate change, social inequity, and the alienation of the human spirit.