René Davids, F.A.I.A., is a principal of Davids Killory Architecture. Work includes housing for extended families and homeless mothers and children, and residential work along the state of California. The design work of Davids Killory Architects has been published around the world and honored with numerous awards, among them two Presidential Design Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, three AIA National Honor Awards, three Progressive Architecture Awards. Davids was recently awarded( with Taylor Medlin) the first Prize in the 43rd Central Glass Competition in Tokyo, Japan. He has also been awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for research on the hillside elevators of Valparaíso, Chile, and is currently working on a book that examines the relationship between technology, topography and urbanism in selected Latin American cities. With Christine Killory he has received a Graham Foundation Fellowship for As Built: Theory of Practice, a continuing biannual series of books published by Princeton Architectural Press on technical and material innovation in architecture. The first volume, Details in Contemporary Architecture, was published in 2006; the second volume, Detail in Process in January 2008.
South American architecture; quality design; multifamily and affordable housing; urban design