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Our Designers and Architects
We believe different perspectives make for better design solutions. Our talented creative team of designers and architects are the backbone of Neighboring Concepts. Their ideas shape the direction of our company, and ensure a unique approach for each of our projects.
Cathy Morrison

Cathy Morrison

Allison Kieb

Allison Kieb

Brittany Howze

Brittany Howze

Courtney Guy

Courtney Guy

Ellen Filiatreau

Ellen Filiatreau

Ian Shelton

Ian Shelton

Keith Jones

Keith Jones

Mary Groff

Mary Groff

Rashad Hassan

Rashad Hassan

Frank Little

Frank Little

Antonio Barnes

Antonio Barnes

Brynn DeBrabant

Brynn DeBrabant

Denver Sells

Denver Sells

Eric Orozco

Eric Orozco

Julia Entz

Julia Entz

Kendall Sanders

Kendall Sanders

Megan Boswell

Megan Boswell

Sheldyn Merrell

Sheldyn Merrell

Luke Volkmar

Luke Volkmar

Audrey Shaw  Hepler

Audrey Shaw Hepler

Carlos Lopez

Carlos Lopez

Elaheh Khabbazy

Elaheh Khabbazy

Garrett Buell

Garrett Buell

Kalen Trieble

Kalen Trieble

Kuniko Bufford

Kuniko Bufford

Paul Winter

Paul Winter

Taryn Hofert

Taryn Hofert

Daniel McNamee

Daniel McNamee

Briaunna Boyd

Briaunna Boyd

Christina Winter

Christina Winter

Elise Johnson

Elise Johnson

Gordon Douglas

Gordon Douglas

Karen Brannon

Karen Brannon

Lindie Fredericks

Lindie Fredericks

Rachel Forseen

Rachel Forseen

Our
Story

Neighboring Concepts was founded in Charlotte in 1996 by three Third Ward neighbors, Michael O’Brien, AIA, Chris Ogunrinde and Darrel Williams, FAIA. Through the quality of architectural design and responsible real estate development, the founding focus for their firm was to elevate the community planning efforts for the neighbor-led revitalization of Charlotte’s disinvested and disempowered urban neighborhoods. 

In 2004, Luis Tochiki, AIA, joined the firm as a partner for several years as the firm transitioned from early initiatives focused on neighborhood housing development to more complex projects combining institutional and public sector planning with commercial/mixed-use development, transportation, and park and recreation, and community facility projects. As former partners left to found their own ventures, Darrel led the firm as a sole owner from 2013 until 2022, with leadership and management assistance from Daniel McNamee, AIA, and Luke Volkmar, AIA. Luke managed the firm’s transit design projects while Daniel led the firm’s housing studio. After leading these sectors for well over a decade, Luke and Dan became partners during the Spring of 2022.

As the firm continued to grow into other markets over the past few years, Frank Little, AIA, joined the team to pursue more healthcare and K-12 educational projects. Cathy Morrison joined the firm with special business development, marketing and healthcare experience. Cathy comes with proven national leadership and recognition in various organizations such as AIA, NC Board of Architecture and NCARB, among others. 

Both Cathy and Frank are connected to Darrel through their former employer Mayor Harvey Gantt, FAIA. During the summer and fall of 2022, both have joined Daniel and Luke as partners and future leaders of the firm, ensuring that the legacy of leadership established through their foundational professional experiences at Gantt Huberman Architects continues living on.


Darrel stated that he is very excited to leave the firm with these four previous employees, all with exceptional talents, diverse skills and backgrounds. Each of them believes in and support the firm’s culture and mission, “Transforming Communities Through Architecture”.   Creating beautiful sustainable buildings while understanding, it’s all about the people and the community.

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