BLDGS is a full service architecture practice specializing in projects for public and private clients, higher education, and arts institutions. The firm was founded by Principals David Yocum and Brian Bell in 2006. They have over thirty-six years of combined professional experience on nationally and internationally recognized projects. BLDGS has won awards at the local, state, and national level for their design work. In 2008, their work was profiled in the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
We are dedicated to the creation of inventive and enduring works of architecture and urban design. We believe that design excellence is achieved through an exceptionally detailed understanding of building form, inventive spatial organization, an economy of means, and material innovation and constructability. To each of our projects, in order to realize innovative design proposals, we bring sound project management, strategic use of financial resources, and excellence in construction administration. We practice architecture for the long term; we are committed to producing progressive and sustainable buildings that will serve owners, users, and the general public for generations.
David Yocum, AIA, Principal
Yocum received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College with majors in History and Studio Art, where he was awarded a James B. Reynolds Fellowship. Prior to founding the firm, he was a Senior Project Architect for 9 years with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta. He is a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios since 2006. Yocum is a Registered Architect in Georgia, and with Brian Bell, he leads all design and management aspects of the firm. Download resume.
Brian Bell, AIA, Principal
Bell received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where he was a John E. Thayer Scholar, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to founding the firm, he taught and trained in Seattle, Rome, Boston, and Atlanta, concluding as a Senior Project Architect with Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. He is a Professor of Practice in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Architecture, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate design studios since 2008. Bell is a Registered Architect in Georgia, and with David Yocum, he leads all design and management aspects of the firm. Download resume.
Mathew Weaver, Architect, Project Manager
Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, which included a senior year study abroad program at the Ecole d’Architecture de la Villette in Paris. He returned to Georgia Tech for his Masters in Architecture as the Nix-Mann Fellow. While there, he was a runner-up for the Portman Prize and a finalist for the SGF Thesis Prize. Mathew has worked on a broad range of project types and sizes, and enjoys the challenges that each one brings. He met Brian and David while working as project architect at Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.
Scott Berger, Project Designer
Scott, a native Atlantan, earned a Masters of Architecture from Tulane University. Scott also completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane, receiving a Bachelors of Architecture and a Bachelors of Art with a focus on religious studies. During his time in New Orleans, Scott collaborated on design-build projects with URBANbuild, the Make it Right, and the Tulane City Center. Scott spent time studying in Asia and the Middle East before returning to Atlanta. He worked as an associate with Kronberg Wall Architects prior to joining the BLDGS team.
Rock MacDaniel, Designer
Rock received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture and his Masters in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Tech, Rock worked as a research assistant in the Center for Geographic Information Systems, an assistant for the History of Architecture courses, and was part of a design & build program for a children’s theater for the Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa. Prior to BLDGS, Rock worked for Amy Landesberg on both architecture and installation projects.
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