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.

Sangyong Hahn

AIA, NOMA

Senior Project Architect

Sangyong Hahn, born and raised in South Korea, is a licensed architect with a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. He believes that architecture, the essential foundation of life, can improve the quality of life through design. His diverse experiences, ranging from rammed earth construction to digital fabrication with parametric design, have shaped his interest in sustainability, craftsmanship, and architectural details.

Sam Busman

NCARB, AIA, NOMA

Project Architect

Sam Busman is a Registered Architect and NCARB certificate holder who is passionate about building more equitable environments through collaborative community building and empathetic design. He teaches design courses at University of Minnesota’s college of Design Architecture program where he also holds a Master’s Degree of Architecture with a focus in Urban Design. Sam believes that design is best approached as a collaborative and inclusive action and should be treated with a healthy dose of humor and humility.

Phil Robinson

Project Architect

Phil Robinson has more than 9 years of experience working in the field of Architecture, after graduating with a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Mies van der Rohe College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has worked on projects of all sizes and complexities, from multifamily housing, commercial, aviation, educational, assisted living, mixed-use, and renovation construction. Phil’s design principles are based around being attentive, committed, and adaptable to design at every stage of the project, with the idea that the best design is developed from a collaboration between clients, architects, and the people and passions that will fill the space.

Jyotsna Sivaguru

AIA, NOMA, LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE

Senior Project Manager

Jyotsna Sivaguru is a Licensed Architect with a master’s degree in architecture from The University of Texas at Arlington. She is a firm believer that good design should create significant connections with its social and natural environment. With a passion for creating inclusive spaces, Jyotsna draws on her experiences from living and working in multiple states in two different countries to ensure that diverse perspectives are considered in a contextual, intentional design approach.

 

 

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

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m. + 1 612.280.8419

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St Louis Park, MN 55416

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Minneapolis, MN 55408

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