Workshop Fabricator/Designer Position

David Baker Architects David Baker Architects Employer:
Oakland, CA, USLocation:
Thu, Mar 18 '21Posted on:

DBA_WORKSHOP is an in-house design and fabrication studio within David Baker Architects (DBA). This full-service wood and metal shop collaborates closely with DBA’s architects and designers to create unique elements for architectural projects and supports teams with the capacity to prototype and fabricate custom furniture and casework. The shop staff works with a variety of materials—wood, metal, concrete, and more—and are always learning new processes, tools, and techniques. DBA Workshop is housed at  DBA_OAK, the firm’s Oakland location.

David Baker Architects (DBA) is a progressive architecture and urban design firm with offices in San Francisco, Oakland, and Birmingham, Alabama, that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments. DBA is known for exceptional housing, creative site strategies, designing for density, and integrating new construction into the public realm. We have a passion for and deep understanding of the power of humane and respectful environments to transform neighborhoods and elevate the lives of individuals and families.

We seek a candidate for a full-time fabricator/designer to assist with a wide range of projects, including the fabrication of large architectural ceiling elements, rapid prototyping, and the design and fabrication of custom furniture for the buildings we design. 

The workshop runs with two full-time fabricators and a firm Principal, who serves as a liaison to the larger architectural practice. This team occasionally coordinates with outside makers and shops. We are looking for a motivated and talented individual to bring their expertise, expand their skill set, and integrate as a vital part of our collaborative team and mission-driven firm.

Please apply if you feel you are a good fit for this position.


Design & Project Management

  • Work on a collaborative team to design and prototype custom furniture and casework

  • Investigate and prototype new architectural material systems

  • Manage project communication, pricing, and schedule

  • Participate in Owner/Architect/Contractor meetings as required

  • Perform site visits and document site conditions for installation

  • Advocate throughout for great design


  • Fabricate custom furniture, casework, and built-in features for architectural projects

  • Serve as technical resource for project teams

  • Perform technical review of drawing sets

  • Provide consistent and clear feedback to staff to continually improve QA/QC for the firm

  • Fabrication processes range from woodworking and metalwork, to concrete work and general construction, but are not limited to these areas. See the qualifications below for desired skills for the position

Workshop Management

  • Manage and maintain the workshop, tools, and materials

  • Develop new processes and personal skills to further workshop goals

  • Research, source, and acquire materials


Below is a list of desired qualifications, but we are willing to train the right candidate as needed.


  • Entry to mid-level professional fabrication experience 

  • Bachelor degree in architecture, industrial design, or related design field

  • Strong design skills and material sensibility

  • Effectiveness in visual communication, including hand-sketching skills

  • Strong professional references

  • Passion for building and fabrication


  • Woodworking Skills

    • Lumber Selection

  • Processing Raw Lumber

  • Jointing

  • Planing

  • Straightlining

  • Glue ups

  • Biscuit joining

  • Jig Making

  • Shaping

  • Metalwork Skills

  • TIG/MIG Welding

  • Metal Finishing

  • Grinding

  • Drilling and Tapping

  • CNC Operation


  • Revit experience

  • Photography/Video

  • 3D Modeling (Revit, Rhino, Sketchup)

  • 2D drafting (CAD)

  • Rendering Skills

  • Interest and/or experience in public interest design and/or affordable housing

Benefits include 

  • Compensation based on experience; salary range starting at $60k

  • Individual health insurance

  • Paid time off

  • Parental leave

  • Continuing Education/Tuition reimbursement

  • 401(k)

  • FSA, DCA, and 529 accounts

  • Profit sharing


Please send a digital submission following the directions below:

Subject Line: "DBA Workshop 2021"


Attention: Kevin Neilan

Attachment: Please combine the following documents into a single PDF with a maximum size of 3MB (one file), formatted to print on 8.5 x 11 paper (landscape or portrait) File name: LastName_FirstName_DBA_Date.pdf


1. Cover letter 2. Resume

3. Select work samples

Please no phone calls or recruiters. Only candidates under consideration will be contacted. 

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