Portland, ME, Interior Designer
Tracy A. Davis comes at design from a variety of angles: as the founder of Urban Dwellings, a Portland based Interior Architectural Practice that is one of New England’s leading design firms; as an active member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID); and as a contributing writer for numerous coastal shelter magazines. Her boutique design shop in one of Portland, Maine’s, hottest neighborhoods reveals a sophisticated eye as she curates an exceptional array of elements for the home.
Since founding Urban Dwellings in 2005, she has gained a reputation for reinventing space by employing a blended aesthetic, and has become known for a discerning point of view that has a devotion to interior architecture at its core. One of her commitments as a designer is to reflect the deep environmental connection clients hold to their surroundings, and not just in the lush reaches of Maine but for her clients in urban settings like Boston and New York City, as well. Because she realizes projects in such disparate milieus, Tracy’s portfolio is diverse, holding everything from luxurious coastal homes and tony boutique hotels to restaurants and a transformed Maine lighthouse.
Her work has been featured in trade publications nationwide, and beyond her sophisticated projects that editors enjoy featuring, her finds during travels throughout Europe, South America and the interior U.S. garner interest as well. “Each new project is a unique opportunity for individualized design.” Tracy tells Global Lighting, adding that she trusts her emotional intelligence to personally tailor each project to reflect the clients’ interests, experience, and lifestyle.
In 2011, Urban Dwellings was awarded Boston’s Perspective on Design Award for Best Object Design, a chandelier made of repurposed local Elm the winning object. In 2014, Urban Dwellings joined the Haute Design Network as the exclusive member for Portland, ME; and was named one of America’s Top 100 Interior Design firms by Design Bureau Magazine. In 2016, the firm was awarded the People’s Choice Award for residential design from the New Hampshire chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Tracy takes design education seriously. Inspiration from past mentors is a consistent force in her design philosophy that has led her to teach herself, her studio and lecture courses on interior design empowering students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at the Boston Architectural College. We’re excited to welcome Tracy to our forceful list of tastemakers, her favorite fixture chosen from our varied collections the Acorn pendant in our Stratos Collection, designed by Atle Tveit for Northern.