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TORIANO L. DAVIS

Fentress Architects

SAY IT LOUD - WASHINGTON DC Exhibitor
Washington DC Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

It is inspiring and fulfilling to see a design you toil over progress from a conceptual design to its envisioned reality.

TORIANO L. DAVIS

Bio:

The great architect, Toriano Davis is a Senior Associate and Operations Manager at Fentress Architects’ Washington DC studio. Originally from Bermuda, he earned a BArch degree from Howard University’s School of Architecture. He is a licensed architect with 25 plus years of professional experience in private and public projects. His experience encompasses museums, courthouses, commercial offices, retail, multi-family, and single-family residential. He is also an adjunct instructor at Howard University.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I knew I wanted to be an architect in my second year of high school. After graduating from high school, I was blessed with the opportunity to work in an architectural firm, and I’ve stayed the course professionally.

What do you do?

As the project architect and BIM Lead, I am responsible for implementing the design goals amongst the design team from conceptual design to project completion. I also share my expertise in BIM while teaching students at my alma mater.

What excites you in the work you do?

I work with BIM every day, and it excites me to see how far technology has come during my career. Keeping up with this technology is not easy, but I welcome the challenge.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

It is inspiring and fulfilling to see a design you toil over progress from a conceptual design to its envisioned reality.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Growing up on a small island, I never dreamt I’d be so fortunate to work on the type of projects I’ve worked on thus far. I owe a lot to my family and mentors who encouraged me on my journey to become a licensed architect. It was my proudest moment.

Featured Project Name: 

National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations (NMISO)

Featured Project Location: 

Sterling, Virginia

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2024

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect, BIM Lead

 

Featured Project Description:

The museum will house exhibits for World War II’s Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the foundation of the U.S. intelligence and special operations. The design is symbolic of the OSS insignia, a gold spearhead, and the form of a wing-spread eagle. Rising 75 feet into the air, the 57,000 sf building includes a daylit entry, galleries, and education center. The environmentally sensitive design seamlessly integrates the museum with its site, making it part of a livable, walkable community.

Photography Credit:

Fentress Architects

Featured Project Name: 

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Headquarters (CPRA)

Featured Project Location: 

Baton Rouge, LA

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2016

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect, BIM Lead

 

Featured Project Description:

The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Headquarters is an agency of the State of Louisiana focused on hurricane protection and other coastal environmental issues. The project is located at The Water Campus, south of downtown Baton Rouge and north of Louisiana State University. The four-story, 52,000 square foot office building features a facade of clear and spandrel glass, divided by deep-set metal panels. The interior continues the minimalist exterior composition.

Photography Credit:

Antunovich Associates