Joshua Davis, AIA has practiced architecture in New York City for twenty years, more than half of that time in a successful and ongoing professional partnership with Rebecca Ascher.
Co-founding Ascher Davis Architects in 1998, Mr. Davis has been equally involved in the firm's residential and commercial projects. In addition, he is responsible for having developed the firm's institutional work, and continues to manage the firm's institutional projects by growing the base of institutional clients. The profession ranges broadly, as does the firm's work; Mr. Davis is at home immersed in the architectural design process and the detailing of finely crafted architectural projects, in project management and construction administration, in lavishing attention to materials selections and shop drawings, in dealing with New York City Department of Buildings filings, in forensic inspections and reports required for cooperative offering plans, and in making inspections for building owners wishing to cure violations.
Two recent projects under Mr. Davis' management illustrate the breadth of his involvement in varying aspects of the profession. The first was the gut renovation of an elaborate Park Avenue apartment, involving all aspects of infrastructural systems as well as finished design. In this project extensive millwork, a palette of carefully orchestrated finishes, elegant lighting and an integrated audio video system, custom plaster moldings and hardware are all choreographed into the home. In the second project, Ascher Davis was hired by one of the city's largest real estate management companies to perform forensic research and a series of reports at a large scale residential complex in Harlem, reviewing a battery of tenant "Reduction of Service" complaints which had been filed with the DHCR. Over a several month period, Mr. Davis worked very closely with building management, staff, and the management's legal team to create reports on existing conditions, to issue directives on required remedial work, to develop a program of corrective measures, to observe the progress of the work during construction, and to issue affidavits certifying completion of the program and compliance with corrective measures required by the DHCR. All of the work was accepted by the DHCR, resulting in the owners' ability to restore rents to prior levels, to recapture retroactive rent payments, and to receive in excess of $7.5 million in MCI funding.
In the years before ADA, Mr. Davis was a member of some of New York's leading architecture firms, gaining invaluable experience in various aspects of the profession. In the late 90's, he was project manager and project designer at Michael Davis Architects, involved with a variety of work including large-scale corporate and luxurious residential projects. At Peter Marino Architects, he worked on developing the design and construction documents for numerous private residences, as well as environments for major retailers including the London and Paris flagship stores for Louis Vuitton, and the New York stores for Chanel and Christian Dior. Prior to Marino, Mr. Davis was a designer and project manager for five years at the New York office of the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Aldo Rossi. At Rossi's New York Studio di Architettura, directed by Morris Adjmi, Mr. Davis worked on projects for a wide range of select private and corporate clients, including the Disney Development Corporation, Scholastic Publishing and Reismann International in Mexico City.
In 1994, Mr. Davis was commissioned to design the new construction for El Monasterio, a hotel in the Andes mountains north of Quito, Ecuador. The owner of neighboring Hacienda Cusin, having painstakingly restored the buildings and grounds (dating originally to 1602) to a precious inn, had acquired adjacent land and retained Mr. Davis to develop the new inn's conceptual strategy, as well as formal architectural response. The work was received well both by locals and by travelers, and would bring Mr. Davis back to the region in 1997 for additional commissions.
In addition, Mr. Davis served continuously on the Board of Directors of his upper east side cooperative from 2002 to 2011, including two terms as President and two terms as Vice-President. This experience continues to prove useful in helping him to navigate coop boards and management agencies on behalf of his New York City-based residential clients. Mr. Davis was deeply involved in the coop's recent facade restoration project, a major capital improvement which addressed the building's current Local Law 11 cycle, as well as remedying a number of water infiltration problems.
Mr. Davis is an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, where he has taught continuously since 2003. In addition to having taught core studio curriculum levels from first year through thesis, he also co-coordinated the Institute's second year program from 2007 to 2011, charged with developing syllabus materials and integrating them within the overall sequence.
Mr. Davis received his Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Cornell University, College of Architecture Art & Planning in 1992. A native New Yorker, Mr. Davis is a registered and licensed Architect in New York State, and his professional affiliations include membership in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).