Laura Cella-Mowatt


Laura Cella-Mowatt is an Associate at Davis Square Architects and has been with the firm since 2006. She has over ten years of professional architectural experience working as a designer, clerk-of-the-works, job captain, and project architect. She has worked on many renovation projects, including several historic buildings in and around Boston. Laura excels at problem solving and welcomes the challenges associated with the fast-paced nature of construction administration.

Laura is currently working with The Community Builders on the rehabilitation of 125 Amory Street, the extensive occupied rehab of an affordable senior community on the Jamaica Plain/Roxbury line near Egleston and Jackson Squares. Her past projects include rehabilitating 146 units of housing in 25 buildings scattered throughout Boston’s Historic South End with The Community Builders, and working with Trinity Management on exterior improvements to Mission Park townhouses. She also worked with Thayer & Associates on renovations to a number of their condominium and co-op properties in Boston and Cambridge. Additional projects include the adaptive reuse of an historic mill building in Leominster, MA with NewVue Communitites (formerly Twin Cities Community Development Corporation), and with Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) on an occupied rehab project in Orleans, MA that included siding replacement, new windows, and unit renovations.

Outside of the office, Laura has worked as a studio instructor at the Boston Architectural College and has served as a design mentor for the Greater Boston Affordable Housing Development Competition. Her interest in urban sites can be seen through her thesis design, A Culinary School for Roanoke, VA, which was also a previous design competition entry for a farmer’s market in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Architecture, 2006

Laura's recent projects of note
South End Tenants Housing I

Inn Transition
Cambridge YWCA
Frankie O'Day Condominiums
40 Upton Street
Water Mill Apartments
Historic South End Apartments
Rock Harbor Village

"The value of the finished effort will depend solely on the quality of your intention."
― Le Corbusier