Our mission aims to diversify the way architecture is taught and practiced to amplify marginalized communities who’ve been historically silenced and erased throughout the design process.
Everything DCo creates is proudly informed by the principles of social justice, spatial justice, and design equity. We work with our clients to oppose racialized space. We accomplish this with three main methods (3 C's):
challenge
All groups, organizations, and communities we work with are encouraged to identify structures of power that inhibit their creativity in spaces of design.
collaborate
Architecture is a collaborative process defined by problem-solving. DCo brings students and professionals together through workshops meant to spark ideas and solutions to a multitude of design justice issues.
create
We believe in turning our collaboration into positive action. Content creation of all types of media helps ensure that the proposed work reaches a wide range of people.
“My personal just cause is to empower the vulnerabilities of people so that they can confidently express their love.”

Founder

Christopher Locke
challenges the established practices of architecture as a Black designer, spatial advocate, and social innovator to create new spaces for equitable change. Currently located in Los Angeles, he moved to the city after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Master’s degree in architecture. For three years, Christopher worked on a variety of workplace and educational institution projects. Notably, he worked on the Cal State Los Angeles Student Services Building, a 150,000 sf mid-century building renovation from the beginning of construction administration. Christopher is a member of SoCal NOMA chapter in LA, actively engaged in youth mentorship through the organization’s pipeline project summer camp. In 2017, Christopher co-founded small talks: LA, a community-based organization assembling a network of people to construct safe spaces amplifying the disparate voices of Los Angeles. With the creation of Designing in Color and small talks: LA, and through film making, he is studying the current housing crisis across the city using film to tell stories for narratives unknown.
“As a quiet voice myself, it’s in my nature to be a defender and protector of the quieted voices.”

Founder

Opalia Meade
is a Boston based designer who believes architecture can be an effective tool to create safe, inclusive and equitable communities. She enjoys residential architecture, real estate development and community building. In addition to her work as a designer, Opalia’s passions lie in curating spaces of inclusion for quieted voices to collaborate, grow, and enjoy themselves. In her down time, you may also find Opalia reading a novel, enjoying art, gardening or even immersed in her next cultural exchange through travel.
“More than anything, my work uses narrative as a design tool for positive change.”

Founder

Rubin Quarcoopome
is a designer with experience designing movie theaters, industrial, and retail spaces around the States. He is currently working on new projects for a major, globally renowned client. From work with the marketing teams at Taubman College at the University of Michigan - where he earned his Master’s in Architecture - to a multitude of graphic design jobs, he has become comfortable at managing branding while creating artistic narratives. In what little spare time he has, Rubin pursues an active art and photography business, selling his works online and doing frequent photoshoots from his home base in Seattle.
“I envision leading L.A.-based spatial programming events, designing competitions/design projects, and constantly looking for new opportunities that enable me to grow within the larger communities of Los Angeles.”
Jonathan Sharp
’s work prioritizes the empathetic responsibility of architects to make an impact in their cities. Through the completion of a variety of design/build projects, he has had the privilege to experience the positive impact that design can have on the urban fabric. Born in Chicago and raised in the suburbs with a brief stint in Paris, Jonathan Sharp lives and works in Los Angeles. He navigates Los Angeles in a non-traditional way; by foot. He prefers the bus over rail, but prefer a bicycle or skateboard above all else. He holds a Masters of Architecture I degree from Tulane University in New Orleans and was a member of the inaugural Free School of Architecture class in Los Angeles.
“I am enamored by humanistic experiences that manifest towards sustainable, inclusive, and systematic built form.”
Brian Wisniewski
an architect, painter, educator, and yogi, resides in Detroit, having lived in Japan and Poland, too. He thrives as a nimble collaborator, engaged on projects and research locally and globally, on just about all continents, in virtually all scales, and in almost every facet of the construction industry - name one and it’s likely under his belt. Brian’s assorted experiences support his holistic beliefs of balance, knowledge, and curious humility as critical foundations of change…aspects he parallels closely to yoga and life. He is particularly intrigued by pursuits where learning and complex sensitivities are most integral. Brian enjoys endurance races and volunteers in youth athletics. A foodie and traveler, he loves to explore unique holes-in-the-wall and authentically spirited moments. He is a devout mentor and furniture-maker in his spare time, and will gladly kick back with a drink over rich, respectful conversation.
Shining Stars (Alphabetical Order)
Contributors and Collaborators
Joshua Foster - Organizing | Prisha Guha - Research | DeMar Matthews - Organizing | Julia Sharp - Web Development | Lauren May Sugay - Organizing | Ana Sheila Victorino - Organizing | Allison Wong - Organizing |
DCo Thanks and Honors (Alphabetical Order)
Our Past Associates and Close Collaborators:
Olga Bracamontes - Associate | Krystal English - Marketing
Partners
Awards + Recognitions