Meet the Emerging Designer and Developer Who’s Making Durham, North Carolina, Modern

Alicia Hylton-Daniel went back to school for interior design and is on a quest to enhance neighborhoods rather than to maximize profits.

Alicia Hylton-Daniel’s epiphany arrived in the aftermath of a 2002 house fire in Durham, North Carolina. Although an artist at heart, she had chosen the more practical path of working as a paralegal and studying for her LSAT exams. Then came a bang on her door in the middle of the night and a shout that her house was in flames. As she watched it burn, she suddenly realized she had no passion for the law. "The fire gave me a moment to reflect on how very unhappy I was at the time," she says.

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