Meet your DC Design Team
Carolyn Muraskin - Founder & Tour Guide
A former architectural designer and lover of all things brick and mortar, Carolyn left her drafting desk and started DC Design Tours so she could talk about buildings rather than draw them. She has not-so-secret crushes on Pierre L’Enfant and Montgomery Meigs, and can spot a mansard roof a mile away. Carolyn is a graduate of the University of Maryland Architecture Program and hails from the exotic suburbs of New Jersey, though the District has been her home for over 15 years. When not guiding, you can find Carolyn counting columns at the National Building Museum (there are 152) and traipsing through Rock Creek Park looking for Civil War remnants.
Sam Bowersox - Tour Guide
An enthusiast for architectural design and a well crafted story, Sam came to Washington DC to work with exciting history and great people. Originally from the blue grass, he graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelors in history and a focus in museum studies. When he isn’t daydreaming about historic drama or talking a mile a minute, you’ll find him playing board games or reading.
Christine Phillips - Tour Guide
A lover of history and design, Christine arrived in DC from North Carolina in 1999 with a passion for this city and its many stories. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the NC State College of Design, focusing on conservation and preservation, and she worked for several prominent DC architecture firms before her kids came along. Having an inherent curiosity for the story of a place led her into guiding. When not reading about Washington history, you will find Christine birdwatching at local hotspots or wandering around DC’s neighborhoods with her family.
Ellery Ammons - Tour Guide
With a passion for places, both how they're designed and the stories of their streets, Ellery loves continuously learning and sharing Washington, DC’s history and design story. Originally from Memphis, TN, she holds degrees in Urban Studies and Political Science from Rhodes College (making DC the perfect fit!) and loves architecture, historic preservation, and art history. When she’s not giving tours, you can find her biking around town, shopping for vintage décor, and enjoying the city’s numerous public parks, trails, and forests.
Heather Neff- Community Outreach Coordinator
As a small business enthusiast, avid photographer, and educator, Heather loves learning about local history, urban planning, and the design of DC. Before she was eating her way through the District, Heather earned her BA in Global and International Studies with a focus in History from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Heather is passionate about supporting DC artists, creators, and locals as well as sharing Washington's rich history with newcomers and locals alike. When Heather is not working within the DC community you can find her walking her dog Sweet Pea, thrifting, dancing in the pit of the 9:30 Club, or at the movies.