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Design Build Adventure is full-service design, build, and adventure company that is based in Austin, Texas (USA).

The “Adventure” refers to the journey, this amazing collaborative exchange, or the choreographed sequence of events that have to take place to make your unique idea (or dream), a reality.  Our team can help make your project ‘happen’.

Our practice explores a fully collaborative design process, utilizes hand sketching and other analog modeling techniques (in addition to computer aided methods), and often calls for us fabricate or build some special element within the project as well.

Our projects have ranged from residential design (typically camp, ranch, country home), to commercial activations and installations, and even event design and production.  We can provide master and conceptual planning and design, construction detailing, custom fabrication, and project management services. Our process is immersive, and seeks to celebrate the people, materials, climate, music, food and art unique to each Adventure.

Since 2005, my goal has been to develop an alternative practice that would make the best service of my unique education and experiences, and my passion for collaborative design and our built environment.  This has manifested into an amazing journey of learning, and discovery represented here with WORK, CAMPS, VENUE, and SHOP.

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Jack received his master of architecture degree from The University of Texas at Austin and his bachelor of architecture degree from Auburn University. His senior thesis, The Newbern Baseball Club, represented the Rural Studio at the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York. Jack’s work at the Rural Studio has been exhibited worldwide and is featured in the books, “Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency” and “Proceed and Be Bold: The Rural Studio After Mockbee” — both published by the Princeton Architectural Press.

Jack co-produced a feature-length documentary on Samuel Mockbee and his influence on the education of young architects. Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival in 2010 and has since broadcast nationally on PBS, as well as at universities, museums and theaters around the world.

Jack has been a visiting lecturer and studio instructor at Auburn University’s Rural Studio, Mississippi State University and The University of Texas at Austin. He also has led design-build projects with students in Portland, Oregon, and in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.

He and his wife, Ann Tucker of Studio A Group, live in Austin with their two children, Mary Vance and Tuck.