Our Story & Bios

Our perspective

From the beginning, we wanted our homes to be constructed of high quality, natural materials. We wanted to endow them with the intrinsic value of universal design whenever possible. We wanted to orient toward a timeless, modern aesthetic that elicits a happy union of naturally lit interiors and smart use of space.

The spirit of our original thinking runs through our work today: uncomplicated homes for people who wish to live graciously, simply, beautifully.


Meet the FabCab team

Emory Baldwin, AIA, CAPS
Principal Architect

Emory is the founder and co-owner of FabCab. Emory has designed a range of residential projects including senior housing and multi-family mixed-use developments. He is former chair of the Northwest Universal Design Council, a coalition of multidisciplinary professionals that focuses on promoting inclusive design in the housing industry, and also 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.”


Lisa Ye
Architectural Designer

Lisa holds a B.F.A. in Industrial Design from Carnegie-Mellon. She began her career focusing on medical, scientific and consumer products that sought to successfully integrate aesthetics and human factors. Upon receiving her post- graduate degree in architecture from the University of Washington, she worked at NBBJ in Seattle, executing large and complex projects with a global perspective. Lisa has a depth and breadth that includes numerous team-led efforts, from working on National and State Parks to working on upscale residential projects.


Don Argus, RA
Architect

Don is an architect with a holistic approach. 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.


Nancy Ramsey
Client Services and Marketing

Nancy has more than 20 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 Waltar
Program Manager

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 20 years of management and 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.

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