Working from Jackson, Mississippi, Duvall Decker leverages architectural skills to make change

Anne Marie Duvall and Roy Decker quietly practiced architecture for two decades before they were propelled to national attention in 2017. An Emerging Voices prize from The Architectural League of New York led to a genial profile in The New York Times and too many press clips to count. Some journalists were quick to make comparisons between the couple’s namesake design office in Jackson, Mississippi, and Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio at Auburn University, mostly based on location and the imagined affinities linking “progressive” architects working in the American South. But Newbern, Alabama, and Jackson are not the same place, nor, for that matter, are Jackson and Greenville,

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