Growing up next to one of Sao Paulo’s athletic clubs, Douglas was active in sports at an early age and played basketball on Brazil’s national confederation team. Traveling to other countries for competitions opened his eyes to architecture and urban design.
Douglas’s passion for sports shaped the designer he is today. It taught him how to be a team player, and sharpened his understanding of how people and spaces interact.
His grandparent’s love of art and music also impacted his development. Painting lessons as a child created a life-long interest in the arts.
His family continues to influence his work to this day. Douglas’s two daughters inspire him to design buildings that are better connected to the natural environment, improving not just their own lives but society as a whole.