Gavin Studer

Gavin Studer

Santa Barbara, CA, US



Completing my thesis in collaboration with The Mossy Foot Project was a huge personal accomplishment for me. In my book I address the geochemical disease known as Podoconiosis. Fueled by the sole intention of soul healing through a multi-faceted phasing plan I pushed to pioneer distinct structures, outlining a tangible catalyst for the curing of this tragically preventable disease. The philosophy is a simple plan implemented through education, rehabilitation, and the art of placemaking.

I am experienced in custom residential building design, light commercial & multi-family construction document drafting. Furthermore, I am specifically interested in Urban & Campus Planning, Science & Technology, K-12 Educational Facilities & Sustainable Design. As well as having a passionate interest in humanitarian, ecologically sensitive design while specializing in research & experimentation.



Two Trees Architect, Ojai, California, Project Architect

Design and manage high-end custom residential projects from concept sketch through construction closeout.

Jan 2019 - current

Gavin Studer Design, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Principal

Help clients understand scope, budget and goals. Analyze site conditions, manage budget, sketch concepts, draft construction plans and details. Present designs, utilize structural, energy, lighting, and interior consultants. Communicate goals, coordinate drawing sets, process permits, satisfying client goals, adhere to state and local code ordinances, all using industry leading software.

Jul 2013 - current

DesignARC, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Designer

Feb 2012 - Oct 2014

JMH Associates, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Designer

Jun 2011 - Feb 2012
Oct 2010 - Dec 2010
May 2009 - May 2010

KMA Architecture, Drafter

Dec 2008 - May 2009


NewSchool of Architecture & Design, BArch, Architecture

Minor in Arts & Design

Aug 2008 - Jul 2010


Presenter at Dwell on Design: Design Innovation Stage, Nomination

We're on the hunt for designers of all stripes and statuses to share their visions of how design can reshape, reform and regenerate places and communities when disaster strikes.

I was one of seven lucky presenters will be chosen by representatives of Dwell and Architecture for Humanity.

I took to the stage for a Pecha Kucha presentation of my thesis in front of 100+ attendees.


Areas of Specialization