Dan Hapton (Aitch) is a Canadian architectural designer, educator, and artist. He earned his M.Arch degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc)–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 recognizing him as the school’s top-ranked graduate in 2016. 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 major 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. In 2019 Dan relocated to Calgary where he formed Aitch, a boutique design practice that specializes in the creative revitalization of existing buildings. During this time, he began teaching as a Sessional Instructor at the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. His pedagogy and the work of his students was consistently praised leading to an honorable appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in 2022.
Dan’s design philosophy is a response to the crises of our time—climate change, social inequity, and the alienation of the human spirit.