I run DBA Workshop, David Baker Architect’s full-service wood and metal shop. We provide support for the firm’s architectural design projects, including prototyping our own furniture and casework ideas in house.
The creative staff at DBA are architects and architectural designers. I provide a compatible but very different perspective on design, fabrication, and materials that we have found to be super-valuable to our practice. Here's a little about what I do, as well as our design process and how we've integrated the shop into our practice.
I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma, welding and doing cement work—in the world I grew up in, you need to do everything yourself. After college, I worked for my cousin’s construction firm. In school, I had studied zoology and biomedical sciences and was planning to go on to be a doctor. My sister, an architect who was working at DBA at the time, encouraged me to join her in California while I was studying for medical school. She lined up a job for me building furniture in San Francisco, and out I came.