OUR TEAM

Davood Shahin RA. LEED AP. President and Founder.

Davood has 40 years of experience in building design, technology and construction. He has worked on all scales of projects, both in the U.S. and internationally with emphasis on housing, office and retail.

Davood is a firm believer that the quality of our wellbeing is tightly connected with the quality of the built environment surrounding us. “As architects, it is our responsibility to make sure that the built environment is in harmony with the end user’s needs, its surroundings, and the natural environment while satisfying functional and financial demands and constraints inherent in each project. That is the essence of our passion and profession, and a key to a successful project.” This belief led him to establish DSH Design Group in 2001.

Prior to forming DSH Design Group, Davood served as Senior Associate Project Designer and Manager for two prominent Boston architectural firms, Sumner Schein and Carter & Burgess. He continues his hands-on management role daily ensuring each project’s success and client satisfaction through a smooth process. His priority at work, the result is an outstanding design –always on time and on budget.

Davood is a frequent presenter at the MFA for contemporary Persian calligraphy. His sense of form and space as an architect are reflected in his skillful application of ink to paper. He graduated with Honors from National University of Iran with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Davood enjoys family life with his wife and two children, a son and a daughter.

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Charles Mooney, RA. Senior Project Manager

Over the course of his 30-year career, Charles has worked on various projects ranging from multi-family, mixed- use, commercial, and educational developments. He brings a comprehensive experience to DSH Design Group as Senior Project Manager with his knowledge on code, construction, and cost estimating.

He utilizes his strong organizational, leadership, and project management skills at DSH Design Group and enjoys working closely with clients on programming and planning of projects in the early project stage.

Previous work experiences immersed him in the world of construction detailing and forensic investigation of building failures. Charles continues to deploy forensic investigation by making paper models to explain intricate complex construction details that can’t be seen in 2D drawings.

Sharing his passion for architecture and philanthropy, Charles teaches architecture to third and fourth graders in a local elementary school in his spare time. He encourages students to learn about the people, culture, history, art, geography, nature, materials and methods of construction, structure, and economics when discussing architecture. Charles studied architecture at Pratt Institute in New York City with an emphasis on design.

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Kelly McDermott Director of Marketing

Kelly provides multi-channel marketing solutions to DSH through strategic planning, media pitches, public relations, and business development. Her strong sense of style, attention to detail, and collaboration are instrumental in defining and advancing new and existing architectural projects at DSH.

Kelly McDermott president of Kelly McDermott Marketing has worked for over 25 years in marketing and communications. She has led the marketing efforts in a variety of disciplines including commercial real estate, retail, healthcare, and the professional services industry. Kelly is passionate about deploying integrated and balanced marketing strategies to ensure effective brand communication across both traditional and digital marketing platforms.

Kelly is a member of Boston Women Communicators, Boston College Council for Women, and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston Development committee. She is an active member of several civic organizations and is a graduate of Boston College. A fitness enthusiast in her spare time, when Kelly is not practicing yoga, pilates, running, or playing tennis, she enjoys time vacationing on the Cape with her family and friends.

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