Our Vision

How we see the world of space design.

DAS Architects believes that in order to truly deliver on a client’s needs, you must look at space holistically. That any space is a blend of architecture and interior design. That what you put in a room, is just as important as how the room is built. And that you have to take into account what a room will feel like, not just what it will look like.

DAS doesn’t build buildings, or even rooms. We create experiences.

Many architects have a specific look or feel about their work. DAS has a wide variety of styles and inspiration in their portfolio because we believe that what’s important is designing spaces that reflect the client’s needs and desires, not the firm’s.

Our Philosophy

How we look at the world of design.

DAS Architects, one of the country’s top design firms, has developed an exceptional resume of hospitality, retail, corporate and residential projects. Founded by Susan M. Davidson, IDC and David A. Schultz, AIA in 1990, DAS offers a full range of architectural, interior design and procurement services. Their philosophy is to create designs that are innovative and beautiful while reflecting the client’s goals and vision.

DAS designs are regularly featured among the country’s top designers in publications such as Hospitality Design, Nation’s Restaurant News, Contract Design, Chef Magazine, Restaurants USA, Retail Design, Interior Design and Interiors.

The talented staff of DAS, which includes 20 architects and interior designers, is highly esteemed for their work in creating more than three hundred signature restaurants, hotels, resorts and luxury residential projects. Recently historic elegance was brought to Newport, RI, in Forty 1 North, a world-class waterfront hotel destination. Other DAS national highlights include renovations to Jekyll Island Club, an historic resort originally created by J.P. Morgan; the Tidewater Inn, Inn at the Beach Club, Hyatt Centric Hotel, Hotel Metro, the Granary, the Beacon in Philadelphia, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, a rich and vibrant steakhouse set in an industrial space in the Tribeca section of Manhattan, and the Salt Creek Grille, 400 seat modern rustic pub with open kitchen, lounge, and multiple indoor/outdoor fireplaces located in Los Angeles.

Studio DAS is an affiliate company that specializes in finding unique products and collaborates with skilled artisans in creating custom furnishings and artwork for projects and clients. Owners Schultz and Davidson are affiliated with the American Institute of Architects, Pennsylvania Society of Architects, the Foundation for Architecture, National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Urban Land Institute.

DAS doesn’t build buildings. We create experiences.

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Our Principals

The Founders
David Schultz, AIA, NCARB

David Schultz, AIA, NCARB

Co-Founder | Architect
One of the nation’s leading hospitality architects, Dave Schultz, AIA, is president and co-founder of DAS Architects. With more than 25 years of experience in architectural design, Dave has led his firm to create more than 150 signature hospitality projects. He is well known in the design industry for his expertise and ability to use creativity and forward thinking in bringing a client’s vision to life. In addition to overseeing the work of DAS, he is often interviewed by national hospitality publications and is asked to speak at national hospitality conferences on design issues.

Susan Davidson, IDC

Susan Davidson, IDC

Co-Founder | Interior Designer
Susan Davidson, IDC, is a co-founder and principal of DAS Architects as well as the director of interior design. She has been featured in numerous publications for her inventive design in hospitality, retail, residential, public space and corporate projects. As Senior Designer, she is responsible for the oversight of all interior design. Her clients, many of whom are industry leaders in their own right, find her ability to listen and create beautiful and elegant design solutions remarkable. Her design for “Le Bec Fin” won First Place from the National Association of Interior Designers.

Our Staff

The Creative People

You’re only ever as good as the team you put together, which is why we put so much importance on choosing the right people for the job.

MORRIS CLARKE | Partner, Director of Operations
ALVAR CORTADO | Design Architect
JAY ROCKAFELLOW | Director of Production
ALEXANDRE BORRAS | Architectural Designer
CRISTINA LOPERA | Architectural Designer
ANDREA LOPEZ CASTILLO | Architectural Designer
KEIRA SPRING | Interior Designer
AMANDA SUMMERS – Interior Designer
SHELBY DESKIN - Interior Designer
PITI PRAPASSIRIPHAN | Architectural Design Technology Coordinator
EVAN DAY | Architectural Intern

Our clients are our partners.

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  • Master Planning
  • Building Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Programming
  • Branding / Theme Development
  • Custom Lighting and Furniture Design
  • Graphic Design
  • FF&E Procurement