“My goal is to balance the visionary with the pragmatic, to create places that are both uplifting and functional. I believe this is the complete picture of sustainability.”
Throughout his career, Davin has been a leader in design with experience in all phases of projects of varying scale, type and complexity. Among his celebrated work are award-winning cultural, commercial, government, education, corporate, and planning projects. Previously, he has held lead design positions in global design firms RTKL and KlingStubbins.
In his design approach, he works closely with clients to provide the best solutions for their unique challenges. Through experience, he has developed a regard for every project as a significant investment with significant implications and opportunities. With every project, he engages clients as active participants. Through in-depth investigation rooted in careful observation, research, and analysis, he works to go beyond presuppositions to help clients define their goals and make informed decisions. In the end, he has established Living Design Lab to create environments that are healthy, meaningful, and lasting.
Davin holds a Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design as well as a Bachelors of Architecture and Bachelors of Arts from Rice University.
“I have found that great outcomes are always linked to successful communication. True quality assurance emerges from a spirit of collaboration.”
Kevin believes that each project has unforeseen opportunities that can be discovered by working closely with the owner and project team. Such potential allows for added value within the client’s program and budget. Kevin is able to identify these opportunities by drawing upon years of collaboration with a diverse range of clients, wide spectrum of program types, and work on a vast range of project scales. This gives him broad insight which he utilizes in assisting clients to identify, refine, and distill the parameters of complex or unique projects.
Communication is fundamental to Kevin’s approach to design. He seeks to understand, and convey to others, the underlying rationale for project decisions. Kevin maintains this attitude when working with others during all design phases, and further conveys these intentions within the project documentation such that it is durable and acknowledges the realities of construction. This helps to ensure that the client ultimately receives the full benefit of their investment in the design process and that a lasting and worthwhile project is attained.
Kevin holds a Master in Architecture and Bachelor of Science for University of Virginia.
“The most dramatic and surprising elements in design are the details’ even the smallest element has a story and a process behind it. I believe this is the key to sustainable design: understanding the details and why they matter for people and for the planet..”
Carolina Acevedo is an Interior Designer with an interest in making socially and environmentally responsive spaces. She takes a deep interest in the organizations and stakeholders involved in each project to understand their aspirations and their constraints to inform design decisions or provide guidance on organizational change. Carolina also has an interest and appreciation for building materials and processes and their environmental impact; she brings her experience in Life Cycle Assessment on her masters’ thesis in thinking of design choices throughout a building’s life cycle.
Carolina holds an Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and an Masters of Architecture in Sustainable Design Studies from Cornell University.
“I use my knowledge and skills as a designer to be an advocate for those without a voice in the conversation.”
A native of North Carolina, Jimmy grew up between the mountains and beaches acquiring a deep appreciation for the natural environment and what it has to teach humans about our place on this planet. Since 2014, he’s been living, working, and volunteering in Baltimore. While much of his professional experience in Maryland and North Carolina has revolved around designing learning environments including k-12 schools and university projects, his passion is for community engaged design. He is a board member at the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) as well as a regular design volunteer in the NDC’s Community Design Works program which offers design assistance to low and moderate income neighborhoods in the Baltimore metro region. His favorite building in the city is the Baltimore Museum of Public Works and he often dreams of a time when people can eventually swim in the inner harbor waters safely. Jimmy got his B.S. in Interior Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Masters in Architecture at the North Carolina State University.
“Understanding all faces of a city’s histories and cultures allows design to create a connected and shared place.”
Christine is an urban planner who is interested in how design can embrace the many dimensions of culture in cities and help counteract historic and systemic patterns of inequality. Prior to working in Baltimore, Christine worked on various urban planning and design projects in Boston and Detroit. She also researched sustainable transit policy in Copenhagen through the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. She earned her Masters in Urban Planning from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she studied the effects of spatial design on inclusionary and exclusionary culture and analyzed the historical relationship between parochial school planning and racial integration in Detroit. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan (Go Blue!), where she studied political science.