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David Sands, AIA


David Sands is a true visionary. Born and raised in Florida, he received his Masters in Architecture in 1982 from the University of Florida. While in undergraduate school at Washington and Lee in Virginia his Chinese Art Professor first introduced him to bamboo as the metaphor for the perfected human being.

David has been devoted to his yoga practice since 1971, living for 8 years in an ashram. He served for nearly a decade on the board of Kripalu Center in Massachusetts, the largest yoga retreat facility in America, including several years as chairperson. After relocating to Hawaii in 1988, David co-founded Bamboo Living with Jeffree Trudeau in 1995.

“It was simply the right thing to do. I couldn’t go on designing homes unconsciously. We set out to find a better big picture way to serve the Earth and humanity.”

David served on the INBAR (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan) committee to develop the International Standards Organization (ISO) standard for structural bamboo. He is an international speaker on the subject of structural bamboo presenting at conferences in Beijing, Hanoi, Mexico, Costa Rica among others. David has also been a presenter for the American Institute of Architects National Convention, the American Bamboo Society national conference, and a keynote speaker for the World Bamboo Congress in Bangkok.