Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA
Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice goes beyond design to support leading edge pedagogical thought to encourage mindful ways of living and learning. As a result of her extensive experience, Daniela has developed a method of practice that moves fluidly from planning initiatives to building design. This method depends on long term relationships and results in designs that carefully suit institutional missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist clients in achieving their strategic goals.
Daniela is also an educator. Over the last twenty-five years, she has taught individual courses at Yale University, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and has developed and taught Bryn Mawr College’s design studio program. She often serves on juries for professional awards in architectural design and construction quality, as well as student competitions in design and planning.
In addition to winning many awards for architecture with Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP, Daniela has also consistently sought out opportunities to make a positive impact on the greater urban context of Philadelphia. She was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008 to serve on the city’s award winning Zoning Code Commission, which revised the 50 year old code in its entirety and redesigned the approval process. Daniela also serves on the board of the Community Design Collaborative, a community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia.
Daniela loves to travel, bike, and ride trains. This is facilitated by her ability to speak French and German, although she is fluent in playing the recorder. This love for romantic exploration, so far having visited 40 countries and territories, is physically expressed in her collection of early 20th century lithograph train posters. Other joys in Daniela’s life include basketball and teaching, designing, and generally being in classrooms.