Jay Baker, FAIA

Principal

Since founding his firm in 1991, Jay Baker has produced a body of work recognized for design excellence at national, regional and local levels. For his design contributions to architectural practice, the American Institute of Architects honored him as a Fellow in 2002.

Jay produces Schematic Design for every project and oversees design integrity within the firm. Furthermore, he facilitates the collaborative process at Jay Baker Architects. That means collaborating with the talented and enthusiastic people in the office, but more importantly, with the firm’s clients. As collaboration leads to advocacy, his clients share authorship of something that is readily familiar to them, but they hadn’t seen before.

Iowa State awarded him the Alpha Rho Chi Medal (1978), identifying the one graduating architecture student who most exemplified leadership, service and merit. He received that school’s Design Achievement Award (1992) for distinguished contributions to the arts. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Rice University School of Architecture (1980), having been awarded a full merit scholarship for his studies there. He subsequently taught architectural design at Rice for 10 years.

Jay believes that a large part of being a good architect is being a good citizen. As President of the Rice Design Alliance (1992), Jay recognized the dormant potential of Houston’s historic Hermann Park. He initiated, organized and delivered an international design competition intent on achieving built improvements to the park. Houston and the nation took note. The success of the competition prompted the commission of a Master Plan, subsequently adopted by City Council. Today, as Past Chairman of the Board of Hermann Park Conservancy, Jay is Chair of the Projects Committee, volunteering his time and expertise in overseeing the execution of $130 million of improvements to Hermann Park, funded by both private and public sectors.

Brian Burke

Associate

Brian joined Jay Baker Architects in 2007 and has collaborated on over 20 residential projects since then, ranging from large to intimate scales. Charged with overseeing the documentation of design within the office, he exemplifies a devotion to craft at every stage of the work.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1992, where he took 1st Place in the AIAS International Design Competition (1991). He received his Master of Architecture from Rice School of Architecture (1999). There, he was awarded a full scholarship, won the Fossi Travelling Fellowship (1997), and won 1st Place in the SOM Foundation Travelling Fellowship (1999).

Cameron Kipp

Cameron joined Jay Baker Architects in 2012. He is unusually adept at quick alternative studies during Design Development, narrowing the focus from broad to particular. He is also communication oriented, developing fresh and effective ways to translate the wishes of a client into highly responsive design tasks.

He received his BBA in Entrepreneurship and Economics from Baylor University (2008) and his Master of Architecture from the University of Houston College of Architecture (2011).

Thatcher Focke

Thatcher joined Jay Baker Architects in 2007 and can best be described as a craftsman spanning multiple trades: architecture, woodworking, metalsmithing, and music (writing, performing and recording). His attraction to things well-made translate into precise documentation and a collaborative relationship with sub-contractors in the field.

He received a Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from the University of Houston College of Architecture (1995).

Luis Salcedo

Luis joined Jay Baker Architects in 2013. He merges his design skills with knowledge in 3D software to enhance the office’s ability to help clients visualize their projects. He has also helped streamline the drawing process and standards within the firm’s drafting software to create greater efficiency and consistency.

Born in Bogota and raised in Houston, he received his Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University School of Architecture (2013). For his Preceptorship at Rice, he worked for Kohn Pederson Fox in New York, NY.