College of Environmental Design alumna Dominique Davison, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB (B.A. Arch. '96), founding principal of DRAW Architecture, was named the Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects—Kansas City (AIAKC). The award recognizes individuals or firms that have made significant contributions in advancing or preserving the built environment of metropolitan Kansas City.
Davison founded DRAW in 2005 with the desire to explore the intersection between research, resourcefulness, and simple, clean forms. Her award-winning practice has been recognized regionally by the Mid-America Regional Council as a leader in sustainability and was named Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects Kansas City Chapter in 2014.
Dedicated to issues of social and environmental equity, Davison endeavors to improve people’s lives through inspired, resourceful design. Her commitment to vibrant communities is exemplified through her involvement as a founding member of both Women in Design Kansas City and the Ecological Urbanism Series, and by her recent service on Kansas City, Missouri’s Environmental Management Commission’s Vacant Lot Task Force. She has also taught design studios at the University of Kansas and University of Missouri, Kansas City.
Before relocating to Kansas City in 2004, Davison honed her design skills in the offices of Pelli Clarke Pelli in New Haven after earning her Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. She received a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from U.C. Berkeley and launched her career working with Daniel Solomon FAIA.