Before being appointed chair of graduate architecture and urban design at Pratt, he taught at the University of Hong Kong, where he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture (2010-2016). He also taught in the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)’s Graduate Department of Architecture and Urban Design (1999-2008) and held visiting Professorships at Rice University, University of California Berkeley, and University of Michigan.
In addition to his academic work, Erdman is a co-founding director of the award-winning design firm davidclovers*, which has been listed among Architectural Digest’s AD100 list of top architecture and design firms in Asia and exhibited work at the Venice Biennale, the Beijing Biennale, the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Biennale, in group shows at the Art Institute of Chicago, M+, Hong Kong, and in a solo exhibition at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is a co-founder of servo, a design collaborative whose work has been shown at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; MoMA, New York; and the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. Erdman, who received the Design Vanguard Award and the Young Architects Award with servo, is also a recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize, bestowed upon him by The American Academy in Rome (2008-2009).