Key Personnel

We are creative professionals who believe design must lead solutions

Emmanuel Mdingi

AIA, LEED AP – Managing Principal

Emmanuel has over 23 years of experience successfully delivering commercial retail projects in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Projects have encompassed new construction, major exterior and interior renovations and complete interior tenant fit-ups. Throughout his extensive years of practice, he has exhibited strong leadership skills as a team captain and project director. His philosophy is that a truly successful project comes from a strong collaboration of all stakeholders in the project.

Emerson C. Hamilton

AIA – Principal

Emerson had been serving as Managing Principal-In-Charge of Hamilton Associates LLC, an architecture, engineering and planning and real estate development firm and has collaborated with DCI since inception. Over the past 40 years, he has directed and or managed: facilities planning, design & construction, and architecture & engineering services for higher education, private corporation, cGMP facilities, PK-12 schools, private clients and privately held real estate business interests.

Antonella Cortez

AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Principal

Antonella has garnered over 20 years of experience at local and national firms specializing in a variety of building types from small dining hall renovations to 12 story office buildings. Antonella has played a key role in several award-winning projects, and was recognized early on as being a leader among her peers. She became a pioneer in the use of Building Information Modeling, presenting on the subject to both clients and colleagues. She is a self-motivated individual, managing multiple projects with strong client focus and keen attention to detail.

Hamid Soltani

Assoc. AIA – Sr. Project Manager

Hamid comes to DCI with over 30 years of experience in various projects that include Multi-Family/Mixed-Use, high-rise, mid-rise, commercial, and office buildings. Hamid’s attention to detail allows him to successfully tackle the technical nuances of today’s complex structures. With a strong background in the design development arena, Hamid is able to foresee problems before they arise. Combined with his thoroughness and knowledge of construction techniques, Hamid is a powerhouse in the field.

Ghazala Zuberi

LEED AP – Project Designer

Ghazala has over 14 years of experience in Pakistan working with residential and commercial buildings. She started her career in the U.S in 2002 and for the last 17 years has been involved in different types of projects in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Projects have encompassed, major exterior and interior renovations of schools and complete interior tenant fit-ups. Ghazala works closely with team mates to deliver quality projects.

Shauni Jones

Project Manager

Shauni has over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. From Architecture to Engineering, to Electrical. He has specialized in ground-up Commercial and Residential Projects in Southern Florida and the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. The years of seeing the construction industry from multiple angles have given him a unique approach to creating, and coming up with design solutions.