Joshua Aidlin is a founding partner of Aidlin Darling Design, formed with David Darling in 1998. He brings over 27 years of design experience in architecture, interiors, furniture design and sculpture. Aidlin Darling Design rigorously explores design across a wide range of scales, programs and disciplines with the goal of enabling poetic, sustainable and appropriate solutions. The firm has been chosen as a National Design Award Winner by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Additionally, the firm has been awarded over one hundred regional, national and international design awards, including an AIA/COTE Top Ten Plus Green Project Award, an international Civic Trust Award, a National IIDA Interior Design Award, National AIA Honor Award and a James Beard Award.
Mr. Aidlin received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati where his thesis project was awarded first prize by the American Institute of Architects. In 1993 Mr. Aidlin founded Aidlin Design, a furniture design studio that later expanded to incorporate architectural design.
Mr. Aidlin’s work explores the principles of design for multi-sensory human experience through a broad range of project scales including research and development for Herman Miller, the design of a rustic yet urban artisanal restaurant, and the adaptive re-use of an industrial historic structure for a media arts cultural center. Mr. Aidlin’s dedication to design is augmented by his lifelong interest in the arts and by his strong sense of responsibility towards the environment. Through public and private projects, Joshua has developed relationships with artists and art collectors, and has gained a comprehensive understanding of art and the environment in which it is both made and experienced. His tireless pursuit of sustainable design has been recognized locally, nationally and abroad through various publications, lectures and symposia. His recently completed work includes the first LEED NC Gold commercial building in San Francisco and a LEED CI Platinum restaurant, a LEED Platinum / Net Zero Energy home, as well as the award-winning Windhover Contemplative Center on the campus of Stanford University.
Mr. Aidlin is currently working on transforming a dilapidated historic landmark building in San Francisco into a media arts cultural center for underprivileged youth. Other ongoing projects include a college preparatory high school in Santa Rosa, a San Francisco hilltop residence, and a new waterfront residence in Belvedere overlooking San Francisco Bay.