Dominique Davison, AIA, established Davison Architecture + Urban Design (now DRAW) in 2005 to unite design, technology, research, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. Pioneered by Davison, the DRAW team are thought leaders in Positive Impact Design. This ethos includes elevating the urban and site context, going beyond great aesthetics to understand the cultural + socioeconomic dynamics while utilizing DRAW’s radically resourceful process to design with empathy + activism.
With DRAW headquartered in Kansas City, Dominique has a long track record of uniting research, practical knowledge, and collaboration to create elegant, timeless, captivating solutions with projects like the New Terminal at Kansas City International Airport, ICON at Gallerie, New Reform Temple, Artistry KC, 2501 Beacon Hill, Marcato, Mount Cleveland Community Master Plan, Swope Pkwy/Blue Pkwy Corridor Redevelopment Feasibility Study, Messenger Coffee + Ibis Bakery, Quackenbush Artist Studio + Residence, Beacon Hill Southwest Quadrant Master Plan, Monarch Manor Plaza (Historic site of Municipal Stadium), Make It Right LEED Platinum Prototype House, Heroes Home Gate Unhoused Veteran’s housing.
Since 2013 Dominique has led the development efforts for PlanIT Impact. This web application allows architects, owners, and engineers to understand environmental and economic resource impacts at the earliest stages of the design process. Linking Machine Learning with a development’s location, PlanIT Impact provides visually immersive feedback related to water, energy, CO2, transportation, and potential ROI. DRAW uses this cutting-edge software tool to examine building plans and make improvements during the design process.
Dominique is dedicated to social and environmental equity and endeavors to improve people’s lives through inspired, resourceful design. Her commitment to vibrant communities is embodied through her service on the KC Global Design and ULI boards and her recent service as Landbank Commissioner for the City of Kansas City, MO.
With a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Art in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, Dominique’s efforts have been celebrated by AIAKC, DRAW as the firm of the year in 2014 and as architect of the year in 2018. She is serving as 2023 President-Elect of the AIAKC