David Premi

Principal Architect + CEO


Born and raised in Hamilton, David Premi has always been a passionate advocate for the arts. David was a founding director of Cabbagetown Theatre Company in Toronto where he acted, directed, and designed sets for live theatre. He has made short films and plays the guitar. Most recently he led the renaissance of the Hamilton Arts Council as President.

David brings this artistic passion to his architectural practice. After six years as an Associate Partner with RDH in Toronto, David decided to invest in a city on the rise, moving back to Hamilton and establishing dpai in 2005. The decade that followed has seen David build the studio into an award-winning, highly collaborative, and multidisciplinary architecture, interior design and urban design practice working on some of the most exciting projects in the city and beyond. Throughout, David’s focus has been on elevating the language of design, its place in the community and its relationship to city building—an approach that’s typified by an OAA Award of Excellence, and a Chicago Athenaeum Award for the design of Hamilton Public Library and Farmer’s Market.