David L. Friar, Architect

Community Volunteer

Over his 40+ year career, Dave’s achievements included include both major professional accomplishments as well as significant contributions to the community.

In 1974, Dave was a founding partner of the architectural firm, Friar Architecture Inc., and was elected President in 1987. Along with the full range of architectural services, the firm also offers interior and landscape architecture design and enjoys its position as one of the area’s top architectural firms. Under Dave’s leadership, the firm’s commissions grew in complexity, size and stature, leading to award-winning, multi-million-dollar new construction, primarily in the K-12 school market. Other works include municipal, health care, residential, retail, religious, industrial and commercial office facilities – both new construction and renovations, including historic rehabilitation. In 2014, Dave resigned as President of the company and now serves as Founder, mentoring the organization through a seamless management transition.

Dave holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design from the University of Oklahoma. He is a licensed architect and registered interior designer, and maintains membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Throughout the years, Dave has demonstrated a commitment to helping the community in which he lives and works, focusing mainly on serving the needs of children. Dave served as Event Chairman of the Ferrari Club of America / New England Region’s premier annual Concorso Ferrari event from 2001 to 2010. Through his leadership, the club raised $750,000 for area nonprofits, primarily Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and The Village.

In 2018, Dave was honored as a Family Champion by the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies for his extensive work in analyzing The Village’s needs related to maintaining and improving our historic buildings and infrastructure.