Robert Nussear named Chief Practice Officer

Y.E. Smith and Beret Dickson named Partners of the firm
New Market Sector Structure in Place for 2019


RALEIGH, NC – 03/07/2019 – JDavis, is a 75-person multi-disciplinary design firm providing architecture, planning, landscape architecture and interior design services, has named Robert Nussear, AIA, LEED® AP as Chief Practice Officer. Additionally, Y.E. Smith, AIA and Beret Dickson, AIA have been elevated to the role of Partner. Nussear’s role as Chief Practice Officer will expand his position into overseeing the newly created Market Sectors that structure the firm’s studios in both Raleigh and Philadelphia. Nussear will retain his responsibilities as a Principal and Director of Multifamily.

Y.E. Smith and Beret Dickson joined JDavis as partners in efforts to strengthen the firm’s service offerings in Mixed-Use, Retail and Office design.

“JDavis’ strategic shift and new additions to our leadership team will well position our firm for many years to come”, says Robert Nussear.  “I am extremely excited about the direction our firm is taking and the quality of the design work that we have been providing in recent years across all sectors.” 

Robert Nussear, AIA, joined JDavis in 2004 and was named Principal in 2006. He brings over 32 years of experience in the architecture profession. Nussear was drawn to JDavis because of their focus on urban revitalization in complex mixed-use and multifamily infill projects. His strength in organizational and technical skills have helped guide the firm in maintaining the critical balance of design and service through the market sector programming.

Y.E. Smith, AIA, joined JDavis in late 2018 bringing over 30 years of experience in the design of retail centric mixed-use, commercial, community and institutional environments. In addition to being a Partner in the firm, his role as Director of Mixed-Use & Retail positions JDavis to manage the challenges that mixed-use and retail require when delivering quality design for our clients. Smith specializes in creating destinations that elicit memory, empathy and respect for natural and man-made influences on our built environment including context, history, culture, budgets and market trends. He has worked with clients throughout the USA and abroad including China, India, Korea, Mexico and The Caribbean.

Beret Dickson, AIA, joined JDavis in mid-2018 as Design Director and has now evolved his role as a partner of the firm. Beret is an award-winning architect with experience in commercial, residential, mixed-use, planning and education projects. Beret is motivated by the power of design to shape culture through inspiring, timeless spaces that support social equity, environmental stewardship and personal well-being. Working across all design disciplines and market sectors, his role at JDavis is focused on building an integrated design process fueled by research, analysis, collaboration and experimentation. His primary role is to fulfil the company’s strategic goal to become a regional and national design leader.

Our five year strategic plan, initiated in the Fall of 2017, is focused on our Mission to Build Value and Pass it On.  This idea is reflected in how we work, how we cultivate the growth of our employees and partners, and how we engage with communities in which we work.  One of the key elements of the Strategic Plan is the reorganization of the design studio into a market sector approach to delivering services.  This structure allows us to focus on our core expertise, and provide identifiable value to our Clients.  Our Clients can be certain that the entire project team, from the Principal-in-Charge to the Project Designers have a passion for their work, and are recognized experts in their project type.  Our Market Sectors include:  High-Density Multifamily; Low-Density Multifamily; Senior Housing; Student Housing; Commercial Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Mixed-Use; & Interior Design.  These Market Sectors are each led by a Director, with support from a Manager, with teams in both our locations:  Raleigh, NC & Philadelphia, PA.