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Introducing, Danica Davis!

Meet Danica Davis, who joins the Board & Vellum team as a member of our Residential Studio. Danica has known she wanted to be an architect since a young age and has consistently been inspired by the question of what makes a space feel like home.

April 28, 2020


I’m Danica, and I was born in San Luis Obispo, California, but spent most of my childhood in Massachusetts. I’ve known from a young age that I wanted to be an architect, and I am so excited to continue pursuing my childhood dream job at Board & Vellum with such an awesome team!

Before starting at B&V, I worked on a variety of project types with the greatest amount of exposure in civic architecture. Now, I am focusing on single-family residential, which has always been my main interest. The question of what makes a space embody the feeling of home has always been a source of inspiration and curiosity for me. “Home” is a deeply personal and intimate feeling, and therefore doesn’t have just one solution. In school, I became interested in experimental mapping and I think there is a way to backtrack and trace our feelings of home in order to draw connections to the built environment.

I graduated from Cornell University in 2017 and moved to Seattle a few months later. I came to Washington without having visited and not knowing anyone in the area, but I knew I wanted to be close to nature and to people who shared a love and respect for the outdoors.

Introducing, Danica Davis! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum
Study Abroad in Rome

Through Cornell’s architecture program, I was able to study in Rome for a semester. We visited many historic buildings across Italy, and were given time to sketch them as a way to learn about their organization, structure, and detailing.

My love for nature and animals has always run deep – I have been a vegetarian since birth – but my love for hiking and backpacking developed later on. As a teenager, I attended a “simple life” boarding school before Cornell where I was taught to live minimally. We lived in cabins at the foot of Figueroa Mountain where we had to chop wood and build fires in order to heat our rooms and shower water.

Danica Davis's dog, Maebe, sits by the wood burning stove to keep warm.
“Simple Life” Boarding School

My dog, Maebe, sits by the wood burning stove to keep warm during the winter months at school.

I’m sure this sounds nothing short of miserable to most people, but we lived on a 3,000-acre property where we were allowed to hike after class and learn to backpack on science class field trips. This extremely strange and unique experience not only pushed me to go out farther into nature, but also instilled a desire to be conscientious about my work in the design field and its impacts on our environment.

Introducing, Danica Davis! – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum
Backpacking in the Olympic Mountains

My favorite (and most difficult) backpacking trip in Washington so far. I love the contrast of fields and mountains, as it reminds me of The Sound of Music.

I was drawn to Board & Vellum for many reasons, but primarily for its inclusive nature of all architectural styles and its welcoming community. Together, these attributes allow a designer to think and act freely, which enables us to come up with the best fit and most creative design solution. I am excited to be part of this team and to see what I am able to do for the people we work with!

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