Donovan Lord is a lifelong Dallas native. He attended Southern Methodist University for Business, Academy of Art University in San Francisco for Interior Design and also for the Masters of Architecture program.
Self-employed since the age of 25 in creative pursuits, Donovan is that rare combination of artistry and business acumen that few possess. Building playing card houses, Lincoln Log structures and drawing floor plans for fun as a young child, as well as playing violin from the age of 5 and piano from the age of 8, Donovan’s future was clear to anyone watching that it would be primarily in architecture and design or music.
Donovan has published three magazines: Palladium Magazine, Vertu Magazine and Moot Magazine over the course of the past 15 years. The power of communication and the written word has also been a longtime mainstay of Donovan’s history. He has interviewed several celebrities and written articles as well as written on a vast number of political issues.
He has always been a staunch activist for GLBT, race, women’s and general civil rights issues. In 1995 at SMU, Donovan founded a chapter of the Delta Lambda Phi National Social Fraternity, a national gay fraternity, as well as acting as President. In his 20’s, Donovan worked for the Resource Center of Dallas, Planned Parenthood, the SPCA, and other non-profits that helped to spark his passion for political issues as an activist. This passion led him to start his own podcast show which broadcasted on iHeart Radio, iTunes, and other outlets.
Currently, Donovan has been the owner of his own Interior Design + Build firm in Dallas for over 15 years, as well as a furniture company, both specializing in modern and contemporary design. He also has been a licensed real estate broker for 16 years and founded the Westhollow Society, a neighborhood advocacy and beautification non-profit.
Also, Donovan is currently working on a full length memoir, and published his first book Heartaches in August 2019.
He is married and resides in Dallas where he is extensively remodeling and expanding his home to his exacting and fastidious standards.