Denton House finds its stride in the assembly of uniquely qualified professionals. Our formidable, passionate and exceptional team are dedicated to pursuing multi-disciplinary excellence.
Founder & CEO
Becky has demonstrated a unique ability to blend vision and strategy with more than 25 years of experience in destination resort and second-home real estate development. Dedicated to creating innovative and sustainable development models, she combines an extensive management background with broad design talent and bottom-line thinking to unlock land asset values and deliver investor returns. She is a formidable leader who promotes long-term and transparent partnerships.
After years of working with iconic hospitality and design firms, Rebecca founded Denton House Design Studio in 1996. For the past decade, Denton House and Discovery Land Company have operated Discovery Design, where Becky has overseen operations including planning, design, and architecture for Discovery communities. Most recently, Becky was COO of Discovery Land Company, overseeing strategic acquisitions while leading all aspects of community planning, design, development, and startup operations.
Becky's portfolio of high-profile projects has been widely recognized throughout the hospitality and luxury residential real estate industry. Her extensive experience in strategic community placemaking and use of "experience engineering" to promote new marketing and selling resort real estate is sought after by owners and fellow developers alike.
Founder & President
Joey is known as our fearless leader here at Denton House Design Studio. Along with his wife, Becky Buchan, our founder and principal at Denton House, he built and continues to manage and grow the company and its many large scale projects around the world. Joey brings to the table an immense knowledge and capability to run a large design company. He is also known to bring a smile to his employees around the office with his kind nature. When he isn’t working, and traveling around the world handling a million project details, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful children and grandchildren.
Tom is a career financial officer who brings more than 25 years of experience in leading global finance and operations teams for significant hospitality and luxury residential developments. Tom's expertise provides strategic and operational leadership that balances vision and planning with hands-on excellence in execution.
Tom began his luxury hospitality and development career with Marriott International, Inc., spending ten years in a variety of finance roles, mainly under the Ritz-Carlton brand. During his time at Ritz-Carlton, Tom led strategic initiatives ranging from the development and launch of new brand extensions to consulting with individual properties in repositioning them to become relevant and profitable in the marketplace. During his time in Marriott's Global Treasury Department, Tom was the primary relationship manager for 30 revolver banks and led Marriott's global cash operations through the global financial crisis of 2007-2008.
Other key positions include CFO of Discovery Land Company; CFO of Augusta National, Inc.; and CFO of Talisker Mountain, Inc. At Augusta National, Tom implemented a new capital planning and execution process that completed the most extensive capital plan in company history. He also launched a multi-year improvement project for the supply-chain process with the first phase set to yield more than $1 million in annual profit improvements.
VP of Architecture
Dave prides himself on establishing long-lasting working relationships and finds joy in helping others accomplish their goals. He is a highly accomplished architectural project manager with over fifteen years of experience in architecture and construction. Though he takes his work and profession seriously, he takes himself less so. One key to Dave’s success is his ability to perform in an efficient, timely manner. He has been known to make Minute Rice in as little as 58 seconds. He is still trying to determine what he wants to do when he grows up. When he is not at the office, you can find him spending time traveling with his family to the mountains, desert, or sea; chasing live music, snow, surf, or baseball.
VP of Architecture
Heath joined Denton House in 2015, where his primary role was to lead design and architecture for large-scale development projects. Previously, in Los Angeles, he specialized in high-end custom residential projects at Richard Manion Architecture. He has designed and managed numerous projects that blend the classical vernacular with contemporary lifestyles, ably combining project-management expertise with the ability to lead and manage teams while maximizing revenues.
During his time at Denton House, Heath oversaw the design and community development of multiple Discovery Land Company communities. His responsibilities with Denton House have included client development and retention, oversight of major projects as the design principal-in-charge, and negotiation of complex project contracts. He brings energy, determination, and dedication to every project.
Heath earned a five-year NAAB-certified BA in architecture and a master's degree in architecture from Woodbury University in Burbank, California.
He studied for ten years with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, Southern California Chapter.
VP of Architecture
John comes to Denton House with 24 years of architectural design and project management experience in resort and hospitality projects. He has been involved with projects in the destination resort communities of Telluride, Lake Tahoe, Yellowstone, and Park City. Recently he has been working on projects in Hawaii and Montana. He is passionate about site-specific and environmentally sensitive design and incorporates sustainable elements when appropriate. John received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Design with an emphasis in architecture from Arizona State University and also holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. He is LEED AP and certified CDT. John's smile and kind nature make him a welcome colleague, and clients appreciate his sincere desire to deliver the best.
VP of Design
Natalie has always had a passion and curiosity for design. From a young age, she could be found on job sites, marveling at the construction process. She was fascinated to see firsthand how a project relies on many skilled craftsmen to be fully realized. Armed with the desire to be an integral part of this process, she graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University (CIDA accredited) with a Bachelors Degree in Interior Design and a minor in Art.
Natalie later ventured to London and Paris to study design and Architecture, expanding her view of global trends and art forms. Natalie began her career in NYC, spending many years under the tutelage of renowned designer Jamie Drake. Equipped with the guidance of industry design leaders, she has lent her abilities to many award-winning projects.
Following her time in New York, Natalie made the move to Utah, where she has enjoyed designing and overseeing global boutique resort communities and custom residences. With nearly 20 years of design experience, she finds inspiration in the unexpected, genuinely embodying a passion for the innovative process. Natalie takes pride in carefully crafting the ideal spaces for her clients and the unique opportunity each undertaking provides her to create with equal parts joy and expertise.
VP of Creative
A member of the Denton House Design Studio team since 2006, Matt is a graduate of Weber State University and Utah State University. Matt also studied the history of furniture and architecture at the University College of Northampton in England. As the Vice President of Design, Matt formulates innovative solutions and designs for every project and can express them with outstanding technical expertise with his team. While he is always tuned into current trends, he brings his sensibilities to each design, making sure the results match each client's vision. With a background in event design, Matt draws on a comprehensive knowledge of what works for styling and staging, with an eye for combining function with a sense of fun. In Matt's spare time, he enjoys being with his wife and their beautiful new daughter.
VP of Human Resources
Curtis “Huey” Hewitson joined Denton House Design Studio in January 2017. Mr. Hewitson has over 25 years of experience in human resource management. Before joining Denton House, Huey was the Vice President of Human Resource for AMEDICA Corporation which manufactured medical-grade silicon nitride spinal implants. Huey was also the Pacific Northwest Area Director of Human Resource for Sunriver Resort and Destination Hotels & Resorts, with responsibilities for six hotels and resorts in Oregon and Washington. He also was the Human Resource Director at the world-famous Bandon Dunes Golf Resort while in Oregon. Mr. Hewitson has been an Officer and Vice President of Human Resources with a public company that was a high-tech manufacturing organization and has worked in the medical and dental industries. Mr. Hewitson holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Utah in Organizational Communications with an emphasis in Human Resource Management.
Design Director New York
Kimberly is known for her personal and intuitive approach bringing timeless design and clever spacial solutions to each project. A lover of color and texture, she does not shy away from bold and colorful interiors that bring spaces to life! She is a firm believer that each project should be a reflection of the client and the environment. Instead of infusing a specific style, Kimberly enjoys bringing her client's vision to life. She considers a successful project one that authentically reflects a client's style, their passions, their travels, and their personal history. Incorporating local and sustainable options is a big emphasis for Kimberly. Her goal when designing is to create spaces for people that spark joy, promote well-being, and appeal to all of the five senses. Born on the rural coast of Norfolk, England, Kimberly is naturally drawn to coastal environments. She grew up with her father in the antique and furniture business importing unique pieces from Europe and South America. From a young age she has had an appreciation for beautiful objects and the details that make a space special. She graduated from Skidmore College (where the school moto is appropriately "Creative Thought Matters") with a Bachelors in Business Management and a Minor in Studio Art. At Skidmore she grew her love of art and architecture which lead her to graduate school at the New York School of Interior Design were she earned her Masters degree (MFA) in Interior Architecture.Over the last seven years with Denton House Design Studio she has worked on luxury resorts in destinations including the Bahamas, The Hamptons, Montana, and Upstate NY.
VP of Marketing
Kristofor L. Kvarfordt
A highly skilled landscape architect and land planner, Kris has accumulated over 20 years of experience working across various projects throughout the U.S. and international markets. His experience includes large scale master planning for resort communities, trail, and open space master planning, campus master planning, and detailed site design and construction management for commercial and institutional projects.
Kris is recognized for his ability to work collaboratively with civil engineers and other project specialists to create fully integrated plans into all components of a project. His expertise is in developing site solutions focusing on green infrastructure, innovative stormwater collection, water sensitivity, treatment, and re-use solutions. He is directly responsible for management and construction observation for several rainwater har-vesting and low-impact development projects.
Kris has been consistently recognized and awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architects and has been an adjunct professor at Utah State University over the past 15 years.
Colin is a team-oriented collaborator and intuitive designer who has experience ranging from city-wide visioning plans to private club residences. His expertise spans disciplines and capabilities. He has successfully contributed to various overseas projects in the Philippines, Peru, Brazil, Portugal, and Mexico and various domestic developments in Utah, Wyoming, and across the U.S.
Colin's educational background in landscape architecture and urban planning influences Colin's design ethos and drives his passion for implementing user-friendly solutions influenced by natural elements while limiting environmental impact. Having worked primarily in multi-disciplinary environments, Colin exhibits keen expertise in planning, enforcing guidelines, and gaining approvals.