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.
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.
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.