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Rebecca Buchan | Founder & Principal

Rebecca Buchan is an entrepreneurial interior architect who founded Discovery Design in 1996. Over the past two decades, she has specialized in ultra-high-end residences, boutique hotels and private club resort properties. Her portfolio is comprised of international projects throughout the United States, Hawaii, Mexico and the Bahamas. Becky has successfully assembled a highly collaborative team of Architects, Designers and Graphic Designers that specialize in developing innovative solutions for their clients. Becky has a natural ability to connect with people. She’s sensitive to her client’s vision and the multiple layers of the creative process. Her ultimate goal is to see a client happy with their experience throughout the design process. Providing attentive service, listening, and working with the client to actualize their dreams are her three key points of client relationships.

Joey Buchan | CFO

Joey is known as our fearless leader here at Discovery Design.  Along with his wife, Becky Buchan, our founder and principal at Discovery Design, he built and continues to manage and grow the company and its many large scale projects around the world.  Joey brings to the table an immense knowledge and capability to run a large design company. He is also known to bring a smile to his employees around the office with his kind nature. When he isn’t working, and traveling around the world handling a million project details, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful children and grandchildren.

Dan Tavares | COO

Dan joined Discovery Design in January 2016 and serves as the Chief of Operating Officer. Prior to joining Discovery Design, Dan served as a Controller for a global design firm in San Francisco. Dan’s responsibilities and influence extended throughout the organization and included budgeting and forecasting, financial system implementations, increasing the focus on collections and building the project accounting community. Dan is a licensed CPA and received his bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance at Columbia Union College while on full scholarship for playing classical trumpet in a youth orchestra. Discovery Design is excited to have Dan on its executive team and looks forward to leveraging his depth of experience. In his down time, Dan enjoys anything car related and cooking for his lovely wife and young children.

Matt Dickamore | VP of Design

A member of the Discovery Design team since 2006, Matt is a graduate of Weber State University and Utah State University. Matt also studied the history of furniture and architecture at the University College of Northampton in England. As the Vice President of Design, Matt formulates innovative solutions and designs for every project and is able to express them with outstanding technical expertise with his team. While he is always tuned into current trends, he brings his own sensibilities to each design, making sure the results match the vision of each client. With a background in event design, he draws on an encyclopedic knowledge of what works for styling and staging always with an eye to combining function with a sense of fun. In Matt’s spare time, he enjoys being with his wife and their beautiful new daughter.

Natalie Ellis| Senior Interior Designer

Natalie came to Discovery Design with 10+ years of design experience. Her eye for unique and stunning design has made her one of Discovery’s highly sought after Senior Designers.  Natalie finds design inspiration in everything around her. She graduated magna cum laude from Utah State with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design as well as a minor in Art. She was awarded a scholarship for excellence in design and graduated with an Outstanding College senior award.  She studied design and architecture in London, and Paris, and has also spent some time with general studies in Japan. While with other design firms, her work has been published in local and national digital and print publications. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she spent several years working with high profile clients on large scale projects.

Geoff Woods | Architectural Project Manager

Geoff came to Discovery Design with strong experience in design, production and construction review. Geoff has been in the architectural profession for many years and is LEED accredited. He enjoyed being involved in the creative process in fast paced energy driven environments. Communication, collaboration and a willingness to try new ideas has contributed to his satisfaction working here.  Geoff’s projects include high-end custom residential, four season resorts, multi-family housing, mixed use and other varied building types.  His hobbies and interests outside the profession include golf, sports spectating, traveling, painting (oils and acrylics) and listening to music. But his favorite place to be is with his wife and family after the work day is done.

Kendra Stephenson | Interior Designer

Although this Kansan sometimes misses her wide-open spaces, Utah’s mountain peaks and sunset views ultimately won her over. Kendra grew up in an international household where she was encouraged early on to explore her varied interests in academics, sports, music, and art. She attended Brigham Young University and earned her bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing, and later returned to school at LDS Business College to pursue her passion and obtain a degree in interior design. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Germany and travel throughout Europe, experiences that broadened her education and inspired her creativity. With over eight years of experience in the industry, Kendra has specialized in designing high-end residential homes and she uses her skills to create spaces that reflect the individual style of each of her clients. She enjoys snowboarding, riding her bike in the canyon, attending concerts, and traveling.

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