PAUL DAVIS, AIA
Paul Davis, AIA founded PDA in 2007. His firm’s work received the prestigious Preservation Design Award from the California Preservation Foundation (A'Maree's Fashion Boutique, 2011) and is published internationally.
Prior to PDA, Paul was co-founder of Salazar Davis Architects in New York City, where he completed a wide range of projects, including loft interiors, restaurants, and retail stores. The firm was a finalist in the Queens Museum of Art Design Competition, and received wide media attention for its role in "The Novel Project", an artist-in-residence design competition sponsored by the Queens arts collective Flux Factory.
Paul earned his BS from University of Southern California and holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Virginia. In addition to his own firms, Paul has worked with Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects, Nils Finne, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, and Richard Meier and Partners.
Paul presented works of sculpture in a solo show titled "Works of Steadily Increasing Scale, Certainly, and Freedom" at Acme Gallery in Los Angeles in 2010.
Michael has worked as a Project Manager with Paul Davis Architects since 2012 where he has gained extensive experience with detailing and project coordination. He graduated from Columbia University in 2012 with the dual degrees of Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Historic Preservation where he studied and documented historic and vernacular structures in Rome, China, and the Middle East. Prior to returning to graduate school he obtained over five years of experience working with the restoration of landmarked properties in New York City. He is licensed to practice architecture in New York.
In his free time Michael enjoys sailing, bicycling, reading, and attempting to keep up with the boundless energy of his wife and their beautiful and clever daughter.
Anne joined Paul Davis Architects in 2015 after working in Los Angeles for 12 years with other architecture and design firms. Prior to Los Angeles, she worked in Arizona as an exhibition installer and interior designer. In pursuing her Master of Architecture degree at Rice University, her architectural studios emphasized working within the urban environment at an urban scale. Her varied experiences and her graduate work fuels her pursuit in understanding our relationship with the built environment both through the building envelope and the urban fabric in which we live.
Anne enjoys spending time with her husband and son trekking through Los Angeles and its varied experiences and neighborhoods.
Taoran joined Paul Davis Architects in 2017. Originally from China, he earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Central South University China. He moved to Los Angeles in 2014 where he earned his Master of Architecture degree from University of California Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Taoran also worked as an interior designer at Aecom. Working with PDA represents the culmination of a lifelong passion for residential design.
In his spare time, Taoran enjoys reading fiction, watching films, listening to jazz music, and camping throughout the United States.
Mercedes joined Paul Davis Architects in 2014. Prior to joining PDA, she managed the New York office of the London-based firm, Foster + Partners. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Mercedes enjoys photography, crossword puzzles, and spur-of-the-moment adventures with her husband and their feisty little girl.