With experience in both Architecture and Interior Design, DJ sought a career in the field from an early age, initially gaining a Design degree from the University of Georgia. He began his career at Atlanta’s TVS Interiors, focusing on highly detailed millwork for commercial interiors, then gradually learned the craft of architecture through Atlanta firms specializing in sensitive renovations in our historic neighborhoods. Joining Summerour in 2011 after years of being a fan of the firm, DJ is inspired by the hand-drawn, Beaux-Arts studio approach to creating each unique project.
DJ’s love of drawing and interest in mentoring has led to a position as Principal of Operations. The firm’s resident Classicist, DJ applies an historical reference and an academic perspective to his projects and enjoys the attention to every conceivable detail for the custom homes the firm creates.
Complementing his career in design is DJ’s lifelong interest in woodworking. From historic reproductions of furniture to bowl turning, and most notably historic lutherie, he specializes in the recreation of Ancient and Renaissance stringed instruments, personally documenting many examples in museum collections across Europe and America.
He and his wife, Shannon, and their daughter enjoy traveling throughout the Southeast antique hunting and visiting historic sites and towns.
DJ is a licensed Interior Designer in the State of Georgia and is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Galpin Society.