Naomi Darling, AIA, NCARB, LEEP AP BD+C is founding principal of Naomi Darling Architecture and Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture. An architect with a background in environmental and structural engineering, climate change science, ceramics and sculpture, Naomi brings a distinctive approach to every project that draws upon her diverse background. Every project is a collaboration with both the client and site - design solutions reflect the translation of ideas in to built material form. Naomi personally oversees the design and development of every project.
Naomi received a BSE degree from Princeton University in structural engineering and architectural design and a Masters of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. At Princeton, Naomi’s thesis work on the South Pole Station was recognized with the Calvin Dodd MacCracken Senior Thesis Award - the highest thesis award in the School of Engineering. While at Yale, Naomi was awarded the George Nelson Traveling Scholarship for research into “The Integration of Architecture and Landscape in a Peripatetic experience of the Chinese Garden.”
Prior to founding Naomi Darling Architecture in 2011, Naomi trained in Seattle, Washington, with Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects and in Tokyo, Japan with Kengo Kuma and Associates.
As Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture, Naomi teaches in a shared position between Mount Holyoke College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Naomi has also taught at the Yale School of Architecture, Brown University, Hampshire College and the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning.
Nicole De Araujo
Nicole De Araujo joined after graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies. She has taken several studios with Naomi Darling including Designing for Life, a year long course with a January-term field component in Thailand. After graduating, Naomi collaborated with Nicole to design and publish a 300 page book of essays and design projects from the class.
More recently she has assisted Naomi with her tenure portfolio, website design and the Dana House Renovation. Nicole is interested in creating sustainable shared and inclusive spaces that have room growth and adaptation. She looks forward to expanding her design knowledge and skills through Naomi Darling Architecture.
Darrell Petit is a sculptor who has been working in quarries around the world for the past thirty years. Born in Montreal Canada, Petit received his BA Urban Studies from Brown University, later studying at Hochschule der Kunste Berlin, Germany and Kyoto University of the Arts, Japan after which time he started to work with granite, a material through which he has explored a wide range of subjects and experiences. He is best known for creating large-scale, often monumental sculpture from granite elements, which he painstakingly quarries, cuts, carves and assembles, into interdependently balanced situations often with precariousness, and contingency. Darrell has collaborated with Naomi Darling Architecture incorporating granite into many projects and adding a tactile element that serves to ground the projects to place. Darrell and Naomi also collaborate on projects for the public urban environment such as in Old Saybrook, CT.
Ray K Mann
Ray K Mann, principal of RK Studio Architecture, has been designing homes and other buildings in the Pioneer Valley since 1990. Her homes are noted for their dynamic living spaces which are well-suited to the intensive ways in which New England families use their homes for work and play. She seeks out the potential of the home to enhance family life and lifelong livability, creating innovative designs that both facilitate and celebrate a more environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient lifestyle. Using materials and technologies both old and new—from locally-harvested red pine to translucent aerogel panels—RK Studio homes are designed for living well today as well as into the future.
A professor of architecture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Mann’s projects include the award-winning Women’s Rights National Historical Park, in Seneca Falls, N.Y.; composer Tod Machover’s “Brain Opera”, which premiered at Lincoln Center; the interior redesign of the MIT Media Lab; several restaurants in Boston; and home designs from Arizona to New Hampshire.
Past Team Members
There have many gifted interns throughout the years that have used their diverse skills and knowledge to contribute to projects. Many of our past team members have gone on to continue their education, work for other firms and develop new skills and knowledge of their disciplines.
Maya Gamble - Design Intern 2017 - 2019
Nicholas Jeffway - Design Intern 2015 - 2017
Spencer Hoyt - Design Intern 2013 - 2015
Jordan Bensley - Design Intern 2014