Derek Hoeferlin, AIA, is principal of [dhd] derek hoeferlin design, an award-winning architecture, landscape, and urban design practice based in St. Louis.
He is an associate professor and chair of landscape architecture and urban design programs at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level multi-disciplinary approaches to architecture, landscape and urbanization. He collaboratively researches integrated water-based design strategies across the Mississippi, Mekong and Rhine river basins through his design-research project Way Beyond Bigness: The Need for a Watershed Architecture, which is the focus of his forthcoming book (Applied Research + Design Publishers, 2020). Derek lectures on his work internationally, and his designs and writings have been published widely, including chapters in New Orleans Under Reconstruction and Chasing the City, among other peer-reviewed venues. Derek has held lead or key design roles in several award-winning projects and jury-recognized competitions, including Designing Resilience International Open Competition (first prize, 2017), Chouteau Greenway Competition (1 of 3 finalists, 2018 & and multiple awards, 2019), Rising Tides Competition (first prize, 2009), Dry Futures Competition (honorable mention, 2016), Build a Better Burb Competition (finalist, 2010), Changing Course: Navigating the Future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta Competition (1 of 3 winners, 2015), and Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan (APA National Planning Excellence Award, 2012). He holds Bachelor and Master of Archticture degrees from Tulane and a post-professional Master of Architecture degree from Yale, graduating both with multiple honors.