Malcolm Davis

Cultural and Civic, North Carolina

Malcolm is in perpetual motion. He began noting cultural specificity early on—discovering distinction of place and communities through travel. The revelatory journeys of his childhood inform his design approach through an acute awareness of unique cultural identities.

Malcolm’s civic, cultural, and academic work is shaped by an inclusive community engagement process that allows multi-faceted stories to become significant elements for both design and economic development. He encourages diverse project teams, believing multiple perspectives contribute to more thoughtful, innovative solutions that lead to active hubs for individual, community, and commercial growth.

With the same nimble energy he brings to his work, Malcolm pursues personal interests that foster connections with people. He is just as likely to be found in an art museum—he sits on the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Board of Directors—as he is on the slopes, snowboarding with the National Brotherhood of Skiers.

Malcolm’s work includes transformational, community-driven projects, including Destination Crenshaw, a 1.3 mile-long art and culture experience in South LA and Brooklyn Village Development, a mixed-use project actively renewing Second Ward in Charlotte, North Carolina. Other clients include the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, The National Urban League, and The Estate for the late Tupac Shakur.

"Experiencing life out in the communities of the people that you are designing for brings credibility to our work. When you are able to listen to folks, to interact with them socially, the more conversations you have and the more genuine you are about it, the more stories you hear and the more you learn."

Malcolm 's Featured Work

Destination Crenshaw
Los Angeles, California
Delaware State University, Campus Master Plan
Dover, Delaware