meet the Team

Our Architects

With over four decades of combined experience, this highly talented, multi-faceted and efficient team thrives in collaborating on multiple projects. No matter the complexity, schedule or budget constraint, this team combines the many expertises to bring about a successful outcome.

Damaris Hollingsworth

NCARB, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP

Principal Architect


TEDx Speaker, Inclusive architectural thought leader, creates sustainable places and spaces that remain relevant through the shifts of demographics and economics

Damaris Hollingsworth has an Architectural and Urban Planning degree from the Faculdade de Arquitetura & Urbanismo at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Having moved to the Unites States of America in 2006, Damaris has since become a Registered Architect, a LEED accredited professional and holds a NCARB certificate.

Damaris’ dynamic and engaging personality combined with her global and multicultural background enables her to connect with people from all walks of life. Her approachability makes people feel relevant and the outcome of her work makes it clear that all voices matter.

With vibrancy and grace, Damaris is poised to expand the reach of inclusive architecture as a way to promote social justice and to beautify all communities. Her design solutions are deeply rooted in the people it serves, while responding to both community values and economic realities. Her resiliency inspires all around her to be productive and stay engaged.

Max Carr
Architect

With an integrated and far-sighted approach to a building’s design, Max shepherds projects through all phases of design and construction. Max is a Registered Architect and LEED Accredited Professional.

Natalie Wiersma
Architect

Natalie is a Registered Architect with a passion for inclusive design and collaborative environments that leverage the experience of a multi-disciplinary team of designers, stakeholders, and community members to reveal a unique vision.

Obettu Subah
Associate Architect

Obettu Subah Cooper is a Senior in the Architecture BDA program at the University of Minnesota. She has an Associated Degree in Architectural Technology degree earned at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

Taofeeq Sanyaolu
Project Designer

Chicago born, Taofeeq grew up in Lagos Nigeria and moved to Boston Massachusetts for his college studies. He studied Architecture engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Passionate about buildings and how it can enhance human life, he believes that a well-designed building can uplift a community.

Gianna Madison
Project Manager

Gianna is passionate about equitable design. She believes that design should be made accessible to those that need it most but may not be able to afford it. Gianna has a background in architecture, interior design and business administration/organizational leadership.

 

 

Our Past Projects

hospitality

Carrier Drive Hotel

Atlantico Group Investment

Corporate

RAC Corp. Offices

Regional Acceleration Ctr

higher education

Aravaipa Auditrium

Arizona State University

Let’s Do Something Together

damaris@designbymelo.com

o. + 1 952.314.9538 ext. 1512

m. + 1 612.280.8419

St Louis Park

1600 Utica Ave. South #900
St Louis Park, MN 55416

Minneapolis

322 West Lake St  #220
Minneapolis, MN 55408

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