John Davis AIA, Lorrie Brown LEED AP
As a firm dedicated to historical context, the natural setting and opportunities for sustainable practice, db:a represents the synthesis of John's varied interests and experience as a designer. The partnership is grounded in a modernist sensibility where Lorrie brings her particular interests in the choreography of space, the conversation between materials, and the careful modulation of lighting and ventilation - both natural and artificial - to the creation of serene, livable spaces.
Before receiving his master's degree from UCLA, John studied architecture in England and Australia. Early in his career he worked for a number of prominent architects including Frank Gehry, where he began to understand architecture as a sculptural object serving as human shelter, in conversation with its site and social setting. For many years he was also on the faculty of the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, leading courses in architecture and the history of environmental design. More recently he has taught at Viridis Graduate Institute where he has led classes in the environmental humanities.
Lorrie came to architecture after initial careers in gallery management and art direction for film. She received a master's degree in Architecture from UCLA, before which she studied art and architecture at Smith College and film animation as a special graduate student at Carpenter Center at Harvard University. Before joining forces with John, she worked as a Project Manager for the City of Santa Monica on cultural, park and library projects. In the private sector, she worked at Osborn Architects and Gensler on a variety of institutional and hospitality projects
On moving to Ojai a decade ago, they focused the work of davis brown architecture on residential projects.