Field Notes


  • 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

  • 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


    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

  • 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



    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

  • 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
  • Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic

  • Come out this Saturday, April 13th to Palm Park (E. Cesar Chavez and IH-35) for the Waller Creek Pop-Up Adventure Picnic and see the installation DBA has built for this great event. The images above are a time lapse sneak-peek of the final design… We can’t reveal it just yet.

    Check out the official event page here, as well as the Tribeza article and also a description of the picnic by Texas Monthly Senior Editor (and fellow Texas Playboy) John Spong. See you Saturday!… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 12th, 2013


    Design Build Adventure was proud to build some of the hanging racks at the new Billy Reid Austin.  Then double proud to hang the Jack Sanders’ original “Brain” etching, and “Red Snake” prints.  Stop by for some fine men’s wear and some Art.

    Link to the article here.
    GQ Photos by: Michael A. Muller

     … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: September 6th, 2012

  • My annual pilgrimage to the Butch Anthony’s Doonanny in Seale, Alabama is one of the most important events of my “art year”.  For the ninth years running, I have gathered with a group of people in the woods of wonder to help grow this beautiful little micro-festival.  This year I was able to call on some Camp Design Build Adventure alumnus, Dan Dyer and Liz Gutierrez (and her partner David) to continue the development of the TEXAS CAMP at the Doonanny.   I packed some basic plumbing supplies, my two top … Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 24th, 2012
  • April Flash

  • April Flash!

    The Scoular Picking Porch (Revisited) during the Funky Chicken Coop Tour, Sixteen Foot Trellis’ for Mark Word Landscape Design in Georgetown (in progress), the Kittrell’s East Austin Granny Flat (in progress) (Reid Faist Construction), the Umlauf Garden Party “pot” donation (made from paint grip scraps), the mock up for a something awesome (with sticks) (more later) , and a site visit to the River House (Spring Branch, Texas) .    Keeping Busy.

    Design Build Adventure Team:  Philip Burkhardt, Greg  Tenenbown, Adrian Larriva, Taylor Tehan and Jack Sanders.… Keep Reading→

    POSTED ON: April 24th, 2012


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