Vaughan Davies

Vaughan Davies


“All too often, designers are driven by form-making, and disengage from the result as if observers. I believe that as designers, the only responsible way to create our environments is as if we are participants, actively engaged in the spatial and social aspects of the work—human by design.”

After growing up in a remote area of South Africa, Vaughan Davies found himself living in one of the most-densely populated cities in the world—New York City—when he was a Fulbright scholar, and the city won his heart. Fast forward 30 years and Vaughan, an award-winning architect and urban designer, has created successful, complex projects in China, Brazil, Ireland, South Africa, and throughout the U.S. One secret of Vaughan’s dynamic waterfront developments, large-scale projects, transit centers, and mixed-use environments is they all emphasize the creation of pedestrian-first urban neighborhoods. Vaughan loves to kayak in some of the most desolate waters on earth such those in Alaska and Antarctica. While he enjoys kayaking, Vaughan lives in the desert, Palm Springs, where he mentors at-risk youth and aspiring young artists in his extra time.

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Vaughan evaluates challenges from a big picture perspective, always looking through a lens of resiliency and sustainability. He brings unique, pragmatic, and visionary solutions to the table that others have not considered.


  • Phone:

  • +1 (310) 754-1523
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  • Education

  • Columbia University, M.S.; University of Cape Town, B.Arch
  • Associations

  • Urban Land Institute