Damaris Hollingsworth

Damaris Hollingsworth

Owner/principal architect

Design By Melo




This year brought with it the two-year anniversary of Hollingsworth’s Minneapolis architectural, urban design, and community development firm, Design By Melo. It survived the pandemic with economic stimulus monies spent by clients to adapt spaces for the Covid-19 era. George Floyd’s killing in May caused Hollingsworth to reassess where her work could make a difference. Today, her efforts are focused on projects promoting affordable homeownership and emerging developers of color to support historically oppressed and disinvested communities and encourage unique ownership models that can help boost economic mobility in those communities.