• Registration opens for November writing & welding workshop

  • THIS JUST IN: We’re adding another one-of-a-kind experience to our camp repertoire: “Camp DBA Presents: Writing & Welding.” Slated for Saturday, November 22, this workshop at Design Build Adventure headquarters in Austin will be led by writer Katie Ford and design-build artist Jack Sanders. Katie will take you through a morning of expressive writing exercises that will help set the tone for an afternoon of basic metalworking with Jack and his crew.

    The workshop, which is limited to a cozy group of 10 participants, is for anyone interested in self-discovery, … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: October 20th, 2014
  • OCTOBER FLASH

  • Dai Due Butcher Shop and Supper Club | Austin, Texas

    We’re thrilled that Dai Due is collecting a steady stream of rave reviews since opening its restaurant on Manor Road in August. The DBA crew thoroughly enjoyed its in-depth collaboration with owner Jesse Griffiths on the design and fabrication of the restaurant’s custom grills, knife-handle bar taps and a Caja China (picture a steel box on wheels — a fire on top, a whole animal inside).

    Lead designer and fabricator Philip Burkhardt says the main benefit of this … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: October 14th, 2014
  • WOMEN.DESIGN.BUILD.ADVENTURE.

  • Check it out, y’all! We’ve partnered up with Women.Design.Build to create our first-ever workshop for women only. Over two weekends in October, we will explore design principles, construction methods, welding techniques and much more as participants design and construct a “micro chapel” and reflection area at the Mobile Loaves and Fishes’ Community First! Village. This master-planned community in East Austin, when completed, will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. In the name of building community, our workshop participants will … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: August 12th, 2014
  • FLASH POST

  • ACVB
    Signed, sealed and delivered! The DBA crew installed a collection of custom furnishings for the new Austin Visitors Center. Thanks to Runa Workshop, the architectural firm behind the center, for allowing us to be a part of this very cool project.

    Custom Table
    We completed the second iteration of a custom-designed dining table with a steel base and white stone top. Designed by Adrian and Jack, the table now graces the dining room of a private residence in Houston.

    Camp Heavy Metal
    Our third Camp Heavy Metal benefitting … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: June 26th, 2014
  • Yoga and Welding Roundup

  • Earlier in March, we hosted our first-ever (and sold-out!) “Camp Design Build Adventure Presents Yoga and Welding.” This one-day workshop took place on a Saturday and embraced the theme of “Practicing your practice.”

    Our adventure began with Kate Campbell leading a relaxing meditation on the front porch. She then took the participants through a hearty session of Vinyasa Flow, where the participants learned to test the boundaries of their comfort zones and focus their minds on the present moment.

    After yoga, we all gathered on the back porch for a … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: March 19th, 2014
  • JANUARY FLASH

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    Albany Ranch
    Thanks in part to a collaboration with David Bowers at Studio A, we’re making progress on designs for a bunkhouse renovation and two new structures on this family ranch. The proposed design is staying true to the original aesthetic and includes some “structural gymnastics” to show off the oil-pipe truss beams designed by the family patriarch, Bob Green. In addition to DBA’s favorite material — OIL PIPE! — other materials include aerated concrete blocks, structurally insulated panels (SIPs) and Kalwall, a translucent wall panel.

    Venable Center
    Framing … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: February 4th, 2014
  • Yoga and Welding
  • VOODOO MUSIC + ART EXPERIENCE 2013

  • Eleven members of the Design Build Adventure crew headed east to the Big Easy this past November for the Voodoo Music & Art Experience, a three-day festival that, over the years, has drawn more than 450 bands and 1 million music fans to New Orleans city park.

    This year, as Voodoo celebrated its 15th birthday, Design Build Adventure was hired to create the site plan for and then manage the festival’s general admission and VIP camping areas. On the technical side, this entailed mapping out electrical and plumbing and … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 13th, 2013
  • OCTOBER-NOVEMBER FLASH

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    Venable Center | Stephenville

    Having received a green light on our design, construction is now under way at Venable Center. This project, located on Jane Hickie’s private ranch near Stephenville, involves transforming a 1901 schoolhouse and 1951 parish hall into a community gathering place for weddings, theatrical and musical performances, banquets and other special occasions. Hickie, who directed the Office of State-Federal Relations under the late Gov. Ann Richards, enlisted Design Build Adventure to restore the buildings to their former glory, while updating them with audio-visual support, … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: December 9th, 2013
  • 50/50 – A SKATEPARK FUNDRAISER AUCTION

  • The kids in Project Loop have commissioned over 100 artists to create one of a kind skateboards to be auctioned off to raise money for their very own skatepark. If you look into Project Loop, you will realize that this is the model of grassroots, community (kid) driven change … as good as it gets! Jack’s carbonized, tortilla moon deck will be auctioned along with the other 99+ boards starting at the reception this Friday evening at VUKA in Austin, TX (6-11PM). For more info about the event and … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: November 21st, 2013
  • A Look Back: Adventure in Heavy Metal

  • This fall, we hosted our second-ever Design Build Adventure in Heavy Metal, benefitting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM). It promised tons of adventure from the moment it began. The 2.5-day workshop kicked off in the midst of a severe thunderstorm that caused flash flooding all over greater Austin.

    But the downpour wasn’t enough to stop our 11 adventurers from showing up to embark on a weekend of collaboration, creative thinking, and plenty of music, food and fun.

    After receiving sketchbooks, safety glasses, earplugs and bandanas, the adventurers gathered … Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: November 5th, 2013
  • SEPTEMBER FLASH

  • La Cosmimosa | Trans-Pecos Festival
    Design Build Adventure had a very moving presence at this year’s Trans-Pecos Festival in Marfa, thanks to DBA mobile-making genius Spence Kellum, who designed and built a kinetic sculpture called “La Cosmimosa.” Jack and his Marfa summer Camp DBA campers found street sweeper brushes and Kellum created the mobile’s bright pink “blossoms” in a binary “tree.” Special shout out to Taylor Tehan who helped build the mobile, and to the DBA crew who helped erect it at El Cosmico.

    Nak Armstrong | Tribeza Style Keep Reading→


    POSTED ON: October 2nd, 2013