We are happy to announce completion of a new Faculty & Staff collaborative space for Prospect Hill Academy Charter School (PHACS) in Somerville, MA. We so enjoyed working with PHACS leadership & technology groups to make their new administrative space a place to “…engage, inspire, & succeed.” The project team also included GC Gloucester Builders, and furniture purveyors Knoll, Inc. + Room and Board, Inc.
David is honored to work with RISD’s INTAR students as they consider MFSpaces for promoting understanding, pluralism, more inclusiveness, and the health & well-being of our campuses and communities. This hybrid-modality advanced studio (½ in-person & ½ remote) will is guided by the following key questions: How can designers of MFSpaces make Architecture and Urban-Landscape more welcoming …more flexible, receptive &/or relevant …more accessible, inclusive and supportive of overall health & well-being?
Wow--it's been an eventful several weeks for us at DCVL! Our NH project is officially Zero Energy! In fact, we ended up with a -25 HERS score, the lowest our Energy Rater has seen! Our homeowner now gets the benefit of a substantial rebate as well as some long-term energy credits. Many thanks to our contractor and energy consultant Energy Vision Homes who helped make this happen. https://www.energyvisionhomes.com/
David published in the latest issue of Interiority! To read the article and see the latest issue, go to: https://interiority.eng.ui.ac.id/index.php/journal/issue/view/6
The July 2020 peer-review journal’s issue is dedicated to design-thinking in the age of COVID, and the call for papers asked: How does COVID-19 impact the way we consider the architecture of interior space? What are the opportunities this pandemic affords us, as designers and creative-thinkers?
David considers these questions by looking at history of domestic-space in N America and sharing his own family’s adaptation of their 1886 Queen Anne home in Cambridge, MA. Enjoy the article... be well/ safe!
Amy has been chosen by ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) to present at their 2020 Annual Meeting and have her paper published by them. She cites her BAC students as a constant source of inspiration and a driving force in her development of her paper "Celebrating the Inclusivity of Film" that looks at using film as a design pedagogy for both students and instructors.
Amy's session at the ACSA 2020 Virtual Meeting, will be located in the Teaching & Cultural Context division on Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00 pm EDT.
You can view some of her BAC students' amazing films from her Film, Space & Perception class on her YouTube channel:
During a time when so many projects have halted, it is heartening to see progress on our zero energy house! Siding almost done and interiors taking shape...
After an exciting couple of weeks with lifts and cranes, the walls and roof are up on our zero-energy project! Next: installation of the beautiful triple-paned windows, passive house doors and standing-seam metal roof...
Frost wing perimeter laid out--so excited to see the beginning of our first Zero Energy/Passive project!
We are excited to say that earlier this Summer, David was granted reciprocity, and is now licensed, in the state of New Hampshire. David is also back in Rhode Island, excited to be teaching an Advanced Studio in RISD's department of Interior Architecture. The Studio will focus on spaces for the practice/production/promotion of the visual & performing arts.
One of the most rewarding experiences as an educator is to see the amazing work your students create, and my Film, Space & Perception course was no exception this semester! These talented and expressive students spent the semester researching, writing, filming and editing a wide variety of topics dealing with how we perceive and represent the world around us. Their end results were a collection of compelling films thoughtfully presented. So proud of this crew! Take a look at their work on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr1bAvV7o1hoMXHxuE0z0wg
Loved "Dig It!" ...another great fundraiser/cause! Congrats to CitySprouts Exec. Dir. Jane Hirschi, her Staff, and ALL the sponsors. Thank You for teaching Boston/Cambridge kids stewardship of the land and the good food it produces. PIC: Emily Mueller De Celis, Board Member & Associate Principal, MVVA, Inc. David De Celis, Principal, DCVL Design.
Join David De Celis for a fun ART + Public Space Collaboration,
this Monday night at the Dance Complex in Central Square, Cambridge.
See details/links below for more information, and tickets.
Direct registration / tix Link available here:
Hope you can join me!
Work is progressing on an addition that will allow the owners more kitchen/dining space as well as providing new views to the adjacent Sewall Woods preserve.
David has been selected to join the newly formed Mayor’s Arts Task Force (MATF) in Cambridge, MA. He looks forward to working together with fellow visual & performing arts community leaders, Councilor Mallon (Chair of the MATF), and other City staff/leaders, to ensure that Cambridge’s arts community is supported, funded, and vibrant!
As a Hispanic, registered Architect, and father of three children in the Cambridge Public School System, David also hopes to contribute to the minority, professional, gender, and socio-economic diversity of the Task Force.
For more information about the MATF, and its mission, go to:
To follow Task Force progress, go to:
DCVL Partner David De Celis enjoyed his time presenting a Pecha Kucha of recent and past work to his colleagues at last week’s Harvard GSD Reunion. Afterwards, David and other GSD Alumni engaged the school’s Leadership Panel on issues regarding curriculum, diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy for the arts.
We are thrilled to announce two important additions to our design tool-set and service offerings:
DCVL Design is now a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE). Becoming MBE certified allows us to pursue opportunities in more diverse projects within municipal and institutional realms.
In addition, David De Celis, Principal of DCVL Design, has earned the LEED Green Associate credential placing him among professional leaders in the green design industry. As an Architect with LEED experience and credentials, David possesses knowledge of sustainable building practices and providing support for LEED projects.
David and his DCVL co-founder, Amy Van Lauwe, have experience with LEED certified projects and aim to bring issues such as universal design, material transparency, net-zero energy, alternative technologies and healthy environments to all aspects of their projects. DCVL provides meaningful, innovative and comprehensive design solutions through exploration of form-making and using a collaborative inter-disciplinary approach.
This has been a crazy, fun couple of months between juggling design projects and teaching. I was honored to be asked to participate in the Boston Architectural College's NAAB exhibit of faculty work along with some fabulously talented colleagues!
DCVL Principal David De Celis attended this year's NeoCon-East Conference and Contract-Furniture Expo in Philadelphia, PA. Besides attending a Seminar on Best Practices for School Furnishing and Finishes, he visited the Expo to see the latest in Systems-Furniture and to hear speaker David Insigna, GSA's Chief Architect.
We are happy to share this recently completed project in Cambridge, MA; it's the City's first completed art project during David's tenure as Chair of the Public Art Commission. This notable work was the creation of artists Chat Travieso & Yeju Choi. Congrats to them both as well, and to the entire project team!
For more info., go to: https://lnkd.in/d77VJhZ
I recently spent several weeks in Washington state and was impressed with its natural beauty (the Pacific coast, Mt. Rainier, etc.) but also got to indulge in a bit of architectural admiration. Four of my favorite places ended up as quite diverse buildings but somehow embodied the overall spirit of WA for me. The first was the Capitol Campus in Olympia with the largest masonry dome in the U.S. designed in the 1920's by Wilder & White and with landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The second was the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) designed by Frank Gehry with its crazy, fun, sculptural form. The third was the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Seattle Campus by NBBJ. It's just blocks away from the the MoPop and showed an elegant, restrained version of contemporary architecture. And last, but not least, the Chihuly Glass Bridge in Tacoma that just blew my mind with his level of skill and detail in each of the over 2,000 glass pieces it contains.
DCVL is happy to announce the completion of their most recent project for Harvard. This series of spaces that includes common areas, lounges, conference rooms and offices was designed to provide a clear distinction and hierarchy between private and public areas for department Staff (faculty/graduate students) and the Study Participants they are working with. It also provides much needed areas for group meetings and conferences, along with upgrades to finishes and furnishings that allow for an engaging and adaptable suite.
Another Melrose project coming along! This Forest Street cape has gained a second-storey addition and a new entrance portico. Excited to see how the finished project surrounded by spring buds and greenery!