Selected press and personal interviews

Davis will be based in Shanghai, China, interning for the internationally recognized design firm, Neri&Hu, on the design of a theater complex in collaboration with Theatre Projects Consultants. He aims to explore work in the fields of architectural design, musical outreach, and performing arts policy.
— Henry Luce Foundation

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Half of world ́s raw materials are used in construction
To avoid a resource crisis and to mitigate climate change, we need to change the way we plan, build, use and recycle buildings. The time for action is now.
— 2019 World Circular Economic Forum - Construction + Circular Economy Side Event

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The International Festival of Arts & Ideas and Digital Surgeons invite you to a presentation and discussion about the history of New Haven's architecture and how that history can be used to look towards the future.


The New Haven Industrial Heritage Trails explore a set of interpretive proposals for buildings and landscapes that reflect New Haven's history as an industrial city—a city of factories, coal-fired power plants, railroads, and trolleys. The built legacy of this history is distributed across the city in different ways. Some buildings have been adapted and reused. Others remain dormant. Some are threatened by neglect. And, in some cases, the buildings themselves are gone but have left traces. Created by students in the Ghost Town seminar at the Yale School of Architecture, our intention is to provide public consideration of these places and to propose creative ways to market these diverse and sometimes dissonant narratives. What have these buildings and landscapes meant in the past and what might they mean for the future of New Haven?

Special thanks to DistriCT New Haven:


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At this second private dinner, we continue to celebrate this year’s cohort of Franke Undergraduate and Graduate Fellows. Over dinner at the Whitney, our Fellows will delivery their research findings in short presentations.

Davis Butner - Sounding Sacred: An Interfaith Comparison of the Evolution of Religious Architectural Acoustics and Sacred Musical Practices
— Franke Program in Science & the Humanities

Among the new Scholars is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point who led a field clinic in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak; a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who taps traditions to fight food insecurity and malnutrition, and a graduate of Kingsborough Community College who covered conflicts in his native Belarus and in Israel with military reporters before emigrating to New York. We have one violinist and violist who works at the intersection of music composition and computer science, and another violinist and violist who works at the intersection of architecture and performing arts. Given that cohort learning is a significant part of the Luce Scholars Program, we are excited about the prospect of many potential collaborations.
— Henry Luce Foundation

In “Sounding Sacred,” a new exhibit at the Yale School of Architecture, three-dimensional cross sections of architectural models of religious buildings from four faiths serve as a focal point.
— Yale Daily News - Phoebe Liu

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Butner closed his talk with a cautionary passage from a speech by the late Robert Shaw, former music director of the ASO, “The Conservative Arts,” in which Shaw argues for the essential collegiality between amateur and professional, between orchestra and public, and that we must remain on guard together lest we lose our arts to careless cultural complacency.

Although those difficult days for Atlanta’s classical community are past, and the situation less urgent and stressful, ATL Symphony Musicians is not going away or abandoning its mission of advocacy and musical outreach where needs are found to exist. It promises to still be here as a vehicle for support of the city’s symphonic musicians in the event another cultural crisis like the lockouts ever comes hurtling through Atlanta again.
— Mark Gresham - ArtsATL

The competition jury convened in January 2018 to assess the artistic merits as well as economic and technological feasibility of each entry. The jury chose the entry, In___We Trust, by two second-year students in the Yale School of Architecture.

It builds on the legacy of Oldenburg’s powerful gesture with new concerns around the state of higher education, the instability of facts, the conflicted status of monuments, and the role of money in our public institutions. Echoing the upright posture of Oldenburg’s Lipstick and its architectural surroundings, In___We Trust invites the University community to gather and reflect on the pivotal yet fragile nature of trust in our studies, our work, and our daily lives.
— Beinecke Library - Michael Morand

(Credit:  Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design , all rights reserved)

(Credit: Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design, all rights reserved)

(Credit:  Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design , all rights reserved)

(Credit: Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design, all rights reserved)

(Credit:  Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design , all rights reserved)

(Credit: Stefan Macheiner Corporate + Digital Design, all rights reserved)

On this episode of “Volunteer: Stories of Philanthropy,” reporter Christopher Johnson talks to violinist, Davis Butner, about the intimate origins of chamber music and the goals of Groupmuse Chicago...
— The Chicago Community Trust

Center on Halsted Orlando Vigil 6-13-2016, Video by Tracy Baim/Windy City Times

Center on Halsted, Chicago's LGBT community, held a vigil June 13 inside its lobby, with many people overflowing into the streets around the building. An estimated 500 people attended the event.

We are challenged on an intellectual, and even a philosophical level, questioning not only our relationship to the music and each other, but to the qualities we can uniquely bring out of our instruments...
— Article published for Penn Art & Culture Initiative

The Maine Chamber Music Seminar at Snow Pond Music Festival is an intensive program of chamber music study for college and graduate-level musicians. Program participants will focus on two to three major works in the chamber music literature, working along side a dynamic faculty representing such prestigious organizations as Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights Chamber Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Laurel Trio, Sequitur, and Network for New Music.

A short film by James Suttles chronicling the experience of one high school student, Davis Butner, at the Brevard Music Center in 2010.