Our Story & Bios
FabCab Provides Homes for Better Living
Our expertise draws from years of following changing age demographics and our passion for designing homes that enable people to thrive regardless of their age or ability. We weave Universal Design principles into everything we do and we are dedicated to designing friendly, inspiring spaces for people to live their active lifestyles.
FabCab designs and sells pre-fabricated environmentally-friendly homes and accessory dwelling units (ADUs). We strive to lead the market specializing in design for all ages and environmentally sustainable design by providing clients eco-friendly and universally designed cabins that support healthy lifestyles.
There are many uses for FabCabs including a home, guest house, home office, writer’s or artist’s studio, caregiver’s residence, in-law apartment, rental unit or a cabin on a vacation property.
Meet the FabCab team
Emory Baldwin, AIA, CAPS
Emory is the founder and co-owner of FabCab and is principal architect with ZAI inc., a firm specializing in socially sustainable housing that responds to the changing needs of people over their lifetime. Emory has designed a range of residential projects including senior housing and multi-family mixed-use developments. He was the recent chair of the Northwest Universal Design Council, a coalition of multidisciplinary professionals that focuses on promoting inclusive design in the housing industry and led a team of designers to win first place in the city of Portland’s Courtyard Housing design competition in 2007. He is also the recipient of a National AIA 2009 Small Projects Honor Award as well as the CAPS (Certified Aging in Place) designee of the year for 2009. There has also been significant media coverage of his award-winning home through magazines, radio (NPR), and pod casting (AIA). Emory has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences on ‘Universal Design’ and design for aging and holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington where he wrote his thesis on “Housing in Response to the Human Life Cycle.”
Tracy Ronaldson, LEED AP
Tracy is an interior architect who has a keen eye for detail and thrives on finding design solutions. She brings 20 years of experience ranging from commercial interior design to working as a junior architect, involved in all aspects of project design. She’s currently working towards her architectural licensure. As both a NCIDQ certified and LEED accredited professional she continues to keep informed on sustainable products. With a broad range of project types behind her, she found her niche working on custom residential projects. Tracy’s experience of living in Denmark completing an interior architecture program at Denmark International Studies greatly influenced and shaped her interest in Scandinavian design. She holds a Bachelors degree from Seattle Pacific in interior design.
Don Argus, AIA / LEED GA
Don is an architect with a holistic approach. He helps FabCab with project implementation and stock plan development. He is experienced in a broad range of project types, including residential work ranging from low-income urban housing to high-end waterfront homes, as well as social service facilities, building envelope remediation, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, urban infill, cottage developments and urban design. His interests include urban regeneration, historic preservation, universal design and walkability as aspects of sustainability. He was drawn to FabCab by their goals of mainstreaming universal design and bringing good design to a wider audience through pre-fabrication. Registered as an architect in Washington and New York states, Don holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Syracuse University and a certificate in design firm leadership and management from the University of Washington.
Client Services and Marketing
Nancy has more than 15 years experience brand and marketing communications experience, working in both B2C and B2B businesses for multi-national corporations and small companies. She has a deep appreciation for well-made things and uncomplicated design. Nancy holds a B.A. in German Language and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon.
One of her favorites quotes is from Heinrich Tessenow, “The simple thing is not always the best, but the best thing is always simple.” (Translated from the German.)
Bruce is co-owner of FabCab and is a program/project manager specializing in business development, information technology, and digital media projects. He helps FabCab with business planning, operations, software platforms, website design, and social media efforts. Bruce brings over 15 years of computer expertise to the FabCab team. Focusing on roles in software and people management, he has worked in environments ranging from startups to large corporations. Bruce holds a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Music from Pacific Lutheran University.