Our People



Prior to Ric’s career in architecture, he was a decorated Air Force Fighter pilot with 190 combat missions in Vietnam.  He studied theater design at Cambridge University, and received his Master of Architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1979.  He later joined the Naval Reserve Civil Engineer Corps, and served as the Civil Engineer for Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain during Operation Desert Storm.

Ric founded Davy Architecture in 1984, and as Senior Principal Architect has devoted his career to providing exceptional design services to our local communities’ educational, institutional, commercial, healthcare, residential, and hospitality projects.  He delivers the best value and optimum sustainable design to our clients. He has a national architectural registration through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is licensed to practice in California, Arizona, Colorado and Nevada.

Ric actively serves as a visiting critic at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design; he is a mentor for the ACE High School mentorship program; he is a member of the YMCA Camp Board, TACHS (The Association for Community Housing Solutions) Board, East Village IDEA District Planning Committee, and the Rotary Club. He is also an active member of the California Charter School Association San Diego region, and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH).

Who's your favorite architect?

Lou Kahn...he wasn't afraid to be bold, and used natural materials in the way they were intended.  It's hard to beat the Salk Institute.

What's your favorite quote?

"It's impossible to beat the man who never gives up" - Babe Ruth

What motivates you to get out of bed in the morning?

That I'm here, on earth, to help others and every day presents that opportunity.  From John Wooden: "You cannot live a perfect day unless you've done something for someone else who can never hope to repay you".

Describe yourself in three words:

Not done yet!

Kurt Hunker

Kurt Hunker  |  Design Architect


Kurt is a California and Nevada registered architect with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Ohio State University, and a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.  A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Kurt has been recognized for “Notable contributions to architectural education.”  He is Director of Graduate Programs and Chair of the Graduate Program in Architecture at NewSchool of Architecture and Design; a NewSchool faculty member for 25 years, he has been a licensed architect for 30.  He has twice been named NewSchool’s “Teacher of the Year;” and is the recipient of an AIA “Architectural Education Award.”  Kurt has been a guest lecturer on topics including tall building design in San Diego, Los Angeles, London, Moscow and Jyvaskyla, Finland; he has also received numerous local, state and national awards for Design Excellence for Educational and Civil Projects.

Why did you pursue architecture?

You get to build the future.

What's your favorite quote?

"As I always say, the best clients make the best buildings."  That's by me.

What can most people do that you can't?

Use computers


Javier Zepeda  |  Project Manager

Javier’s work in architecture is a result of over 27 years of experience, which has created a deep passion for the profession.  Javier’s extensive health care knowledge is rooted in over 10 years’ previous employment with San Diego’s Children’s Hospital Facilities Planning and Development Department.  He was Davy Architecture’s first employee in the 1980s and has come full circle, rejoining our Davy team in 2011.  As Project Manager, he brings deep technical knowledge and experience in the areas of OSHPD, hospital infection control means, measure, and procedures, and general medical facility design.  Javier has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.

Who's your favorite architect?

Richard Meier

If you were a building, which one would you be?

John Hancock Tower

Name your dream Jeopardy category?

I'll take Food for a hundred!

Enrique Rodriguez  |  Project Manager

Enrique received both his Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the NewSchool of Architecture and Design.  He joined Davy Architecture in 1999 and is great resource to the firm; his particular expertise includes ADA upgrades, tenant improvements, and modernizations.  He is responsible for all phases of design for commercial, industrial, residential, and educational projects.

Who's your favorite architect?

Several, but one who I always followed closely during college is Ricardo Legorreta.

What advice would you like to share with students?

Make yourself vulnerable and learn a broad range of architecture and skills before deciding on if you want to specialize in a certain type of architecture.  

If you were a building, which one would you be?

Falling Water

Reyna Ruiz  |  Project Manager


Reyna leads the Healthcare Design Studio at Davy Architecture.  With over 16 years of specialized experience, she has devoted her career to Healthcare Design because she believes she can provide environments which have positive impacts on patients, families, and healthcare providers.  Her aspiration is to design spaces that facilitate healing and care-giving.  Reyna is DBIA Certified and has completed more than 100 healthcare projects, including Acute Care OSHPD 1, OSHPD 3, Medical Office Building tenant improvements, and community clinics.  She is a Lean Construction Facilitator and adds value to projects by facilitating Pull Planning workshops during design and construction.  

Why did you pursue architecture?

It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do - I love math, art, people, and problem solving.

What's your favorite quote?

"Insanity is defined by doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Who's your favorite architect?

Renzo Piano


michael gildea  |  Project architect

As planner, designer and project architect, Michael has worked for healthcare clients for over twenty years.  Beginning in Los Angeles he had opportunities to work on projects at UCLA Medical Center, Cedars Sinai, Northridge Medical Center and other facilities throughout California.  With an emphasis on facilities efficiency and understanding, he developed Master Plans for both ground up Medical Centers and as well as expansion plans for existing facilities. Through planning charrettes and interviews during the programming process, he gains  thorough understanding of each user’s role within the facility, as well as the detailed functional, code and equipment requirements that support that effort.