FOUNDER, PARTNER, DESIGNER
Daisy Dodge was born and raised in New Orleans. She has also lived in Charlottesville, Southern California, Tuscaloosa, Charleston, and Japan. She left home to attend the University of Virginia, where she pursued an interdisciplinary range of coursework in creative writing, studio art, and environmental studies and graduated with a BA in English; she also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and a Master of Architecture from Tulane.
In her final year at Tulane, she completed the URBANbuild program, a year-long design/build practicum in which students design a home in the fall semester that they construct from the ground up in the spring, from digging foundation trenches to finishing details. After architecture school, she worked on numerous residential and commercial design projects with Nick Marshall of Chase Marshall in New Orleans, as well as with Byron Mouton of bild design, before founding Union Studios in 2017.
Before pursuing a lifelong interest in architecture, Daisy began her career as a writer and educator. She has taught creative writing and English at several universities and independent secondary schools on the east and west coasts of the US and in New Orleans and Japan; most recently, she has taught design studio at the Tulane School of Architecture.
A graduate of the Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training at Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica, she is also a certified yoga instructor. She is an avid traveler and spends as much time outdoors as she can. Daisy lives near Bayou St. John in New Orleans with Colin Keith, her partner in design and life, and a good dog named MK.
PARTNER, DESIGNER, FABRICATOR
Colin Keith was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and spent as much of his childhood as he could exploring nearby New Orleans. An early interest in architecture led him to work with Remson Haley Herpin Architects while still in high school; he worked with Trapolin-Peer Architects while pursuing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Tulane School of Architecture. Upon graduation, he took a position with MOSA Design + Fabrication, where he began expanding his skill set to include carpentry and fabrication in a range of materials.
There, he developed a love for designing in full-scale prototype, building by hand, and combining cutting-edge digital skills with traditional craftsmanship to produce warm, modern furniture and interiors. He loved this mode of making so much that he ultimately transitioned to full-time fabrication with Matthew Holdren Design. Over the course of two years there, he designed and built original custom furniture pieces by hand, both for private clients and for exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival; he also employed both digital and traditional craftsmanship to produce interiors for numerous New Orleans establishments—among them, restaurants, bars, a food hall, and a hotel.
He designed the digital model used to mill the now-iconic Elysian Bar at The Hotel Peter and Paul—the design collaboration of New Orleanian Nathalie Jordi and ASH NYC—and built out much of the rest of that room and several additional furniture pieces for the hotel as well. He also designed and fabricated interior elements and furnishings for the Decatur Street outpost of Toast, the Magazine Street Satsuma, The Pythian Market, Morrow’s, and The Independent Nola.
Early in 2019, he opened his own shop on Broad Street and brought his rich array of creative skills to Union to form a combined architecture, interiors, fabrication, and furniture studio. When he’s not in the shop making things, he loves a good round of disc golf in City Park, a good day on a boat of any kind, and watching his beloved Saints win in the Superdome.