The General Services Administration (GSA) announced on Tuesday that David Insinga, AIA, has been selected to serve as chief architect for the Public Buildings Service effective Dec. 11, 2016. In the press release the GSA stated, "As chief architect, David will provide visionary leadership at a national level and high-level technical policy direction for the agency in matters of design quality and innovation, design excellence, and cost effectiveness in federal design."
The position, held by Leslie Shepherd, FAIA, since 2007, was originally posted on May 23, as ARCHITECT reported. Insinga, who joined the GSA in 2007, has held multiple leadership positions in the Office of the Chief Architect including acting assistant commissioner for capital construction and small projects programs in 2013 and 2014. As recently as Sept. 8, Insinga was referred to as “Acting Chief Architect of the GSA’s Public Building Service,” by the GSA, but no formal announcement was made.
This role is considered one of the most influential architectural roles in the government as the Public Buildings Service “owns or leases 9,624 assets, maintains an inventory of more than 376.9 million square feet of workspace for 1.1 million federal employees, and preserves more than 481 historic properties” per the GSA website.
Before joining the GSA, Insinga was a program manager at the Administrative Office of the United States Courts and worked as a director at Gensler. Insinga did not immediately respond for comment prior to publication.