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TYLER KOBICK

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Tyler Kobick is a Bay-area CA Licensed Architect and General Contractor with a focus on housing, public-interest design, custom fabrication, and ecological design.  He is the founder and President of a 21-person firm, Design Draw Build, where the firm specializes in adaptive reuse, custom residences, multifamily housing and architect-led design-build methods of project delivery.  He believes strongly in warm-modern, critically regionalist architecture.

Tyler began his career as a stone mason in Northeast Ohio where he apprenticed under a master mason and soon enough started his own construction company. After hiking a large section of the Appalachian Trail, he fell in love with the Mad River Valley of central Vermont where he trained and built for 12 years with many different architects and artisans on custom residential and commercial projects predominantly under the architect Dave Sellers, whose methods catalyzed the contemporary design/build field.  In 2010 Tyler founded Design Draw Build and traveled to build unusual commissions in different areas of the US until setting up a more permanent location with his business partner Jo Marcy in the Bay area in late 2014.

 

An educator and community-builder, Tyler seeks to revitalize and preserve town and urban centers by embracing the material culture of a place with sustainable locally-applied building technologies.. From 2005-2008, Tyler built rural medical clinics in the mountainous region of south-east El Salvador, and founded a model school for land-place based education, called Amun Shea that still teaches a couple hundred students a year.   In 2009 he helped found the Ecological Design Co-laboratory Studio–a sustainable design-lab and think tank at the University of Vermont where he taught design-build classes and donated student-built structures to local school programs to promote local food and outdoor skills.  Today, Tyler teaches architecture at the University of San Francisco in a variety of studio and skill classes.  He is also a co-chair of the Regional and Urban Design Committee for the AIA EastBay, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the AIAEastbay.

 

Passionate about live cultural production, playing and seeing live music,  he has served as a lead designer for temporary festival structures at The Square Roots Festival, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, and for Superfly Productions.

 

Tyler holds two degrees in architecture, a B.S Arch from the University of Cincinnati, and a MArch from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

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JOSEPH MARCY

PARTNER

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Jo is a partner at Design Draw Build where he works in an interdisciplinary role as a designer and a builder. Jo has an instinctual passion for creating unique environments, and a holistic approach towards place-making and craft.

Jo develops innovative creations that have a place and meaning for use and perception. As a student, he studied sustainable architecture at The Boston Architectural College where he learned the importance of praxis in academia through their unique concurrent learning program. As a designer, Jo worked for large corporate architecture firms taking on roles varying from project support to restructuring an in-house sustainable design committee.

 

 

 

Before becoming a partner at DDB, Jo worked as the lead designer for the non-profit YouthBuild Boston, teaching inner city students the value of a designed, integrated community that thrives on collaboration. Jo constantly seeks to broaden his understanding of why we build and how we occupy space. Jo is inspired by the competition, the conception and the application of ideas. He finds the most powerful moments are often spontaneous, but thoughtful. He believes that, “the key to good decision making is not knowledge, it’s having confidence and justification in how you understand.

 

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JEFF MACBEAN

SENIOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER

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Jeff is a Senior Construction Project Manager at Design Draw Build.

Jeff has been a construction professional in the Bay Area for over 10 years. During that time Jeff has held positions in operations and project management in the solar and landscape construction industries, in addition to several project management positions on high-end single family home and multi-family project builds.

In his current role as Senior Project Manager for DDB’s construction division, Jeff is responsible for overseeing active construction projects as well as estimating and managing client relationships for prospective projects.

Jeff grew up outside of Philadelphia and received a degree in Economics from Princeton University. Currently resides in Walnut Creek with his wife and children and can be found on the weekends cycling the slopes of Mt. Diablo.

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AVI FORMAN

DIRECTOR OF MULTIFAMILY CONSTRUCTION

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Avi is a licensed architect and general contractor in the state of California, Avi is dedicated  to furthering the vertical integration of architecture and construction; infusing the design process with construction knowledge and enriching the construction process with a keen eye for design.

Avi relocated to the Bay Area in 2012 to help open a satellite office for a high end  modern design/build firm where he directed all bay area residential and commercial construction projects for 8 years. Having exhausted his appetite for building custom homes and hotels for the ultra wealthy, Avi turned his focus to helping address the Bay Area’s acute lack of work force and homeless housing. He joined Design Draw Build as the director of Multifamily construction to bring respectable high density housing to those that need it the most.
 
Avi received his BA in Philosophy from Brown University and his Masters in Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. Upon graduating, Avi joined the faculty to teach the YSOA’s first year studio, the Building Project, where he led the first year graduate students in competitively designing and then building a selected student designed small multifamily residence with the entire class in four short months.
 
Avi currently resides in Piedmont CA with his wife and two young daughters.
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JACKIE ERBE

CONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER

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Jackie is a Construction Project Manager at Design Draw Build.

Jackie grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where she developed a love of nature and the environment. Ready for a new adventure after spending her formative years in the deep south, she moved across the country to study at the University of California, Berkeley completing a Bachelors in biology and Master of Public Health in environmental health science.

 

She spent a decade honing her project management skills in the heavily regulated healthcare environment managing projects and programs in environmental health and sustainable construction. As her interest in responsible land use grew, she transitioned to infill residential and commercial development. At Design Draw Build she is excited to use her project management skills to support sustainable construction and help build more livable communities.

Jackie has spent the past 20 years living in either Oakland or Berkeley and has made the East Bay her home. She can frequently be spotted on one of her bikes making her way through the city. On the weekends she enjoys hiking, camping and backpacking with her husband and two children.

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ANNABELLE HOWELL

BUSINESS MANAGER

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Annabelle is a Business Manager at Design Draw Build.

Annabelle has been a business professional in the Bay Area for over 15 years. During that time Annabelle has held positions in operations and project management in Foreign Affairs and Geotechnical industries.

Annabelle grew up in sunny San Diego, she moved to San Francisco to pursue her education in Business and resided in the Bay Area for 16+ years. She enjoys international travel and can be found taking her dogs on hikes at Sibley Volcanic Reserve on the weekends

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JACKSON LINDSAY

PROJECT MANAGER

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NADINE HERNANDEZ

SENIOR JOB CAPTAIN

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CHARLIE BOYD

PROJECT MANAGER

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DAVID GOREAU

GENERAL SUPERVISOR

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JUVENAL ROBELLEDO-VALDEZ

SITE SUPERVISOR / FOREMAN

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JOSUE CALIXTRO-GUERRERO

BUILD TEAM MEMBER

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JAVIER CASTENADA

BUILD TEAM MEMBER

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Rod Coeller

BUILD TEAM MEMBER

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KATHERINE CORNEJO

OFFICE MANAGER / PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

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DARA LIN

DESIGNER / JR. PROJECT ENGINEER

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POORVI GUPTA

DESIGNER

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MIA CAMPBELL

DESIGNER