AE3 Architects + Project Managers aim to design spaces that enhance the communities in which we work and live. Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity allows our team to provide forward-thinking solutions that elevate our client’s impact.
Our mission is to provide innovative solutions for our clients that help their dreams, visions, and goals come to life.
AE3 Architects + Project Managers aims to design spaces that enhance the communities in which we work and live. Our commitment to diversity and inclusivity allows our team to provide forward-thinking solutions that elevate our client’s impact.
Our mission is to provide innovative solutions to our clients that help their dreams, vision, and goals come to life.
Fostering Innovation Together
Our diverse team brings fresh perspectives and innovative technologies to each project we collaborate on. Each of our unique experiences allow us to approach problems with a distinct viewpoint and identify solutions that will enhance our communities. We have built a culture where everyone’s voice matters and therefore all members are encouraged to express themselves. In ensuring that every voice is heard, we stay connected and are better able to think outside the box. With our clients’ priorities at the forefront, our team is exceptionally open minded and goal focused. With over 230 years of combined architecture design experience, we have completed 110+ projects since opening our doors in 2007.
“We wanted to create a workplace where inclusion and transparency were the key elements to our success. With AE3, we’ve been able to build something special. Our team is our greatest asset and it’s because of them that we have succeeded and continue to build strong relationships with our clients and in our communities.”
– Rick Dumas and Doug Davis, Founders of AE3
Douglas Davis, Principal
Doug Davis brings over 25 years of AEC industry experience as both, a practicing architect and construction manager. He received his Bachelor of Architecture and his MBA from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. His career began in Silicon Valley, focusing on biotechnology, pharmaceutical, high-tech, and ground-up core and shell construction. In 2007, he and Rick Dumas partnered to form AE3 Partners. Since then, he has overseen the growth of the firm’s higher education, transportation and civic sectors, and has led the design of multiple campuses for non-profit organizations and energy providers such as PG&E. Doug is a licensed architect in the state of California, a licensed Real Estate Broker in California, and a member of NCARB. He volunteers his time on the board of Oakland Builders Alliance and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, as well as other organization such as SPUR. Doug is also a private pilot and member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Rick L. Dumas, Principal
Rick Dumas brings over 37 years of experience as a designer, journeyman builder, construction manager, and developer of diverse high-end residential, religious, civil, and mixed-use projects. Rick’s career was guided from a very early age by his late mentor Sigrid L. Rupp where he worked on high-tech projects during the dot-com era in Silicon Valley for clients such as Apple, Sun Micro Systems (now Oracle), and Raychem (now Tyco). Sigrid’s influence on Rick’s life is evident in his passion for bringing on and working with young architects and designers. Currently, Rick oversees all aspects of AE3, but truly enjoys his work in interiors and high-end residential design. With such a diverse breadth of experience, Rick has developed a pragmatic approach that ensures a project’s design enhances value and aesthetic and runs on an efficient construction schedule. Born and raised in Oakland, he has strong affiliations with local members of the community and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).
“If I could time travel, I would go back to 2009 and have lunch with Satoshi Nakamoto.”
“I don’t know how but I’ll be sitting courtside at an NBA game one day. Until then, writing and painting keep me in my happy place.”
“I’ve convinced most of my friends to retire with me in Costa Rica, so that’s where you’ll find me when I’m not in the states.”
Senior Marketing Manager
"I love a tropical vacation, but you can find me and my family exploring all the awesome things that California has to offer."
Chief Financial Officer
"I will be on a journey to taste all good foods and see all the beauties over the world when I am not busy."
“A Smooth Jazz cruise of the Caribbean Sea is calling my name.”
Senior Project Manager
"You can find me flying a plane when I’m not busy planning the design of an organic winery.”
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
“When I’m not designing multi-million dollar luxury homes, look for me on the leaderboard competing on my Peloton bike”
“Home improvement projects and furniture design keep me busy when I’m not working on getting my motorcycle license.”
Architect & Project Manager
“I love mountain biking and hanging out at the beach with friends, but I really want to go bungee jumping!”
Senior Job Captain
“You can find me dancing and rollerblading in my free time when I’m not planning my next trip.”
“My perfect day would start with skydiving and end with scuba diving.”
“I would love to take a train ride cross-country. Until then, I’m building Lego Architectural models.”
Senior QA/QC Manager
“You’ll find me deep into a good Sci-Fi book when I’m not road cycling around Oakland or baking vegan desserts.”
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architect & Senior Project Manager
Denise Noldon, Ph.D.
Senior Education Lead
“When I’m not hiking or trying new recipes, I’m day dreaming of traveling to all of the National Parks with my family.”
“A food tour of the Faroe Islands is in my near future. I can feel it!”
“Traveling on a budget has become my super power and I absolutely love photographing the world around me.”
Assoc. AIA + NOMA
“Visiting the Sistine Chapel is in my near future, but for now I keep busy taking care of my family.”
Architect & Project Manager
“I love learning foreign languages! One day, I’ll use that skill when I travel France and Germany.”
“Walking across Patagonia would be a dream come true.”
AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Architect & Senior
“Scuba diving is my escape but one day I’ll be escaping to Mt. Fuji in Japan.”
“Creating meaningful change
through design is our number
one priority. Our clients are
shaping the future and we
enjoy being part of their story.”
– Rick Dumas, Principal