Jeffrey Davis


Adjunct Faculty

In a span of over thirty years as an architect, Jeffrey Davis has developed extensive expertise in the design and construction of a diverse range of architectural projects, from small renovations to large-scale, multi-million-dollar new construction. His portfolio of work in private practice encompasses a wide spectrum of the built environment: educational, corporate office, high-technology and research, industrial, civic, commercial retail, health-care, and recreation buildings, as well as both single-family residences and multi-unit housing developments. Jeffrey is a founding principal of the firm of FortyEighty Architecture, where he maintains a significant and intensive involvement in projects throughout the entire process – from initial programming and design conceptualization through design and construction document development to administration during construction. 

Jeffrey’s primary focus in the design process is striking a critical balance between the aesthetic and performative aspects of each project. This balance is reflected in his approach to building design: response to context, integration of structure, enclosure and operations systems, minimization of environmental impacts, and sensitivity to the human aspects of building proportion, scale, color, and texture. Through his leadership, his firm’s work has garnered many national, regional, and local awards for design excellence, environmental sustainability, and smart growth.

In addition to his practice with FortyEighty Architecture, Jeffrey has been an adjunct at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has taught the Advanced Construction Studio for the past sixteen years.

Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1980.