2003 Maybeck Award
Charles Davis, FAIA
Davis’s approach is quintessentially Californian—inclusive, innovative and spontaneous. He sees his style of design as a sort of “jazz architecture,” based on free association and the invention of the moment.
Davis was a founding principal of Esherick, Homsey, Dodge and Davis (EHDD) and, 50 years later, remains active within the firm. He is known for his academic and historic renovation work, as well as for his expertise in designing zoos and aquariums that both reflect and encourage a respect for animal life. His seminal work on the Monterey Bay Aquarium, completed in 1984, transformed aquarium design and brought new life to Monterey’s historic Cannery Row; the aquarium won the AIACC’s 25 Year Award in 2011. Davis continues to do pioneering work in the city; he recently led the design of the new Exploratorium at Piers 15/17, which will be the largest net zero energy museum in the United States.