Tracy A. DavisPrincipal Allied Member ASID
Raised and educated in the Midwest, Tracy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Bowling Green State University. Her designs have been influenced by her travels through Europe, South America, and the interior U.S. These experiences have and continue to enhance her unique vision and approach to design as she continues to focus on the details of cultural and spatial living. Settling in Maine, Tracy founded her design firm Urban Dwellings in 2005. She now focuses her skill and expertise on reinventing space with 21st century flair; designing interiors that are uniquely proportioned, individually stylized, and dedicated to celebrating all aspects of lifestyles.
Tracy has served as an editorial advisory board member and contributing writer for “Maine HOME + DESIGN” magazine. Playing an active role in design education has been a consistent force in Tracy’s design philosophy. Inspired by her past instructors, she taught both studio and lecture courses as they pertained to interior design both at the graduate and undergraduate levels at the B.A.C. (Boston Architectural College). Tracy has been an active member on review panels and served as thesis advisor. In addition to her academic contributions she has been guest speaker regarding interior design and particularly her own design aesthetic at various East Coast universities. Tracy has also served as secretary of MIDA (Maine Interior Design Association) from 2001-2003, is an ASID allied member since 2001 as well as a member of the Portland Society of Architects.
Urban Dwellings, LLC is a Donor to Architalx, a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the field of architecture to Greater Portland and Maine. Tracy’s newest venture, Studio Elements is a collection of custom furnishings, accessories, uniquely restored pieces, and work from some of Maine’s most talented artisans.
MID, LEED Green AssociateDesign Associate/Project Manager
Emily Ennis Mattei
Inspired by her deep appreciation of the arts and respect for nature, Emily turned these interests into a career, earning her Masters of Interior Design from the Boston Architectural College. Her studies and thesis at the B.A.C. focused on community-based design and sustainable practices. Hailing from Massachusetts, Emily came to Urban Dwellings with professional experience in healthcare design at an architecture firm in the Boston area, as well as working in high-end residential design while working for Donna Elle Interiors on Nantucket.
Prior to this, Emily worked in outdoor education as an Outward Bound Instructor and as a licensed Coast Guard Captain, leading 14-day expeditions for middle school students in the Boston Harbor Islands and in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Through this experience Emily gained a better understanding of human impact on the environment which still influences her design perspective. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont in Elementary Education, with minors in Psychology and Studio Art.
Growing up Mount Desert Island on the grounds of an 1884 Hotel, Sarah has always had a respect for interiors and exteriors alike. Majoring in Studio Art, with a minor in Economic Theory, Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in 2007. Returning to her native state, she followed her passion for fine art working as a commissioned portrait artist and administrative assistant for five years. It wasn’t until renovating a home of her own, Sarah began to realize her appreciation for interiors was more than an interest she wanted to pursue in her spare time. In search of making her passion a career, she joined the Urban Dwellings team in March of 2012 and has been gaining knowledge of the industry ever since.
In her spare time, Sarah continues to paint and enjoy the Maine outdoors; hiking, biking, snowboarding and running, to date , completing six career marathons and eight half marathons.
New York Office Administrator
Joining the Urban Dwellings team as a junior in high school enrolled at Waynflete, Amelia was inspired by the energy and creativity of working in an interior design firm. Upon high school graduation Amelia pursued design as her own interest, enrolling in classes at USM. While at USM, Amelia had the opportunity to study drawing and painting with Maine artist George Lloyd. Pursuing design schools she was accepted at Parson’s. Now living and attending school in New York City she manages our branch office.