Tyler Kobick is an architect (CA, WV) and general contractor with a focus on public-interest design, custom fabrication, and ecological sensitivity.
Kobick began his career in the Mad River Valley of central Vermont on custom residential and commercial projects under the architect Dave Sellers, whose methods catalyzed the contemporary design/build practice.
An educator and community-builder, Kobick seeks to revitalize and preserve urban centers with sustainable locally-applied building technologies. He co-founded of the Ecological Design Co-laboratory Studio–a sustainable design-lab and think tank at the University of Vermont. From 2005-2008, Kobick built rural medical clinics in the mountainous region of south-east El Salvador, and founded a model school for land-place based education, the Amun Shea K-12 School in Perquin.
Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Kobick traveled to build site-specific projects in El Salvador, West Virginia, Vermont, Illinois, and Northern California. Passionate about live cultural production, he has served as a lead designer for temporary festival structures at 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.