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Chief Creative Officer and General Contractor
Darci is passionate about well-designed and highly-functional spaces that tell a story through layered, stylistic themes and instantly feel “right.” With a keen understanding of design trends and modern lifestyles, she creates a timeless, yet edgy space while overseeing the whole process. Her invaluably diverse skill set includes an innovative creative vision, a deeply thoughtful approach, and admirable construction expertise.
Darci’s interest in designing and building spaces started when she worked for her family’s design and build business as a teen. Her family home was a design-forward blend of antiques, eclectic art, and custom furnishings. She has since cultivated her signature style through extensive international travel, custom furniture design, and by dealing in antiques.
Darci holds hard-earned contractors licenses in both California and Idaho. She was also awarded a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Southern California (USC), a Master of Science in Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder (CU), and an Interior Design Certificate from Cañada College.
For nearly two decades, she fostered her ability to project manage, leverage technology processes, and continuously innovate to solve complicated problems at iconic companies like Apple, Google and Intuit.
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Joyce Reid Troost
Joyce’s experience as a licensed architect in a variety of locales, ability to scope a nuanced project, understanding of technical components, and long-standing friendship with Darci has made her an invaluable design partner for over eight years. Their partnership is based on a shared interest in client-centric design, best practices in the industry, innovative design ideas, and a keen awareness of trends and their origins. Their goal on every project is to create a meaningful, timeless space for clients that feels personal and enhances their lives.
Her passion and interest for residential architecture developed in school and served her well during her tenure at Thomas P. Cox Architects in Southern California and later at W. T. Leung Architects in Vancouver, Canada.
Joyce holds a Bachelors of Architecture (BARCH) from the University of Southern California (USC) and a Masters of Architecture (MARCH) from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
Wendy E. Santiago
It is through researching and understanding a client’s design aesthetic, their environment, and how they will engage with their landscapes that Wendy has produced gorgeous and highly-functional landscapes since 1987. She carries aesthetic themes from the interiors into the landscape, considers plant preferences, creates outdoor entertainment spaces, and weaves memories of a client’s childhood garden into a plan. Wendy is well-equipped to familiarize herself with local building department codes and guidelines for designing, planning, and zoning; irrigation requirements; thoughtful consideration of native and drought tolerant planting; and, innovative landscape materials and use of technology. Wendy excels at designing landscapes from scratch as well as adapting designs as need change.
Wendy holds an industry-coveted Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. By taking classes and attending seminars regularly, she stays on top of changes and new developments in the industry. She is a certified UC Master Gardener and an active Washington State University (WSU) Certified Master Gardener.
Lee Engelmeier, P.E.
Lee’s childhood fascination with buildings turned into exactly the fulfilling career that he had dreamed of. After more than 25 years in the field, he welcomes new technology contributions to the field, but sees his top notch hand drafting skills as a key final step in ensuring the accuracy of a project.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a focus on Structural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
As a part of the creative team at DRD, Lee produces clear, detailed, defensible drawings that subcontractors can bid accurately, agencies can review and approve quickly, and reduce potential for change orders. His ability to creatively engineer unique architectural requirements sets him apart from other engineers, and is invaluable to the DRD team and our clients.
Design Assistant & Organization Guru
Elisa loves popping in on projects to check their progress, keeping things on track, and getting to know clients personally. She runs logistics, coordinates vendors and subcontractors, leverages DRD’s network on behalf of clients, manages tasks, and makes everyone smile along the way. Throughout a project, she utilizes her exceptional organizational skills to help clients purge their excess belongings and find a place for the keepers. Elisa’s attention to detail, “get it done” attitude, and penchant for a well-organized, calming space all contribute to the five-star service that DRD clients enjoy.
She holds a Teaching Credential and BA in Diversified Liberal Arts with a focus on Education from the University of San Diego (USD) and a Master of Arts from the School of Education at the University of San Francisco (USF).
Her background in education and strong interpersonal skills serve her well as she problem solves, manages sticky situations, and multi-tasks on the job.
- Our Promise • To design spaces that inspire people to live and work to their fullest potential.
- Our Strategy • Use a multi-disciplinary team to produce beautifully, thoughtful spaces in the shortest time possible.
- Our Style • Timeless and classic with an edge.
- Our Credo • Ski first, Design Apres.