Nominating Institution: Yale University
Field of Interest: Architecture
Placement Organization: Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
Placement Location: Shanghai, China
About DavisDavis Butner is an architectural designer and musician with an interest in the intersection of architecture, preservation, and the performing arts. With interdisciplinary experience in design, curation, and artistic planning, he is passionate about the civic role of architecture and the performing arts as a means of promoting and preserving cultural heritage. A proud native of Atlanta, GA, he is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Music and Architectural Design, likewise completing a certificate of design at the Architectural Association in London, and his masters in architecture at Yale University. With a broad range of professional engagements, he has worked for a variety of firms and organizations including the Atlanta Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestras , APPAREIL Office for Architecture in Barcelona, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and Threshold Acoustics in Chicago, Theatre Projects Consultants in Norwalk, CT, and William Rawn Associates in Boston. In 2019, on a Luce Fellowship based in Shanghai, he served as an architect and researcher for Neri&Hu Design and Research Office , studying various strategies for adaptive reuse and redevelopment in the planning of cultural and hospitality projects in Asia and in the curation of the firm's second monograph publication . Evacuating Shanghai in late January 2020 due to the onset of COVID-19, he embarked for two months on an immersive tour of the hospitality industry in East Asia, visiting and archiving projects in Kuala Lumpur and Bali as well as historic preservation efforts in Penang, before traveling to Japan to work with leaders of Airbnb China on renovations for a hotel in the town of Hakuba. Returning to Atlanta at the onset of the US global travel advisory, he currently practices at Summerour & Associates , engaging in residential and hospitality design efforts across the Southeastern US.
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