Jose has been practicing architecture for over 30 years. As managing partner and project architect of Baker Vilar Architects, Mr. Vilar has overseen and participated in various types of new construction and modernization projects. With his commitment to designing public buildings in his practice, his expertise includes creative and sustainable solutions for the new construction and renovation of various civic buildings and educational buildings. Mr. Vilar has won a number of awards for his work in education and housing. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has recently been nominated as a fellow (FAIA). He is also a member of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.) and the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Task Force for the Schools of the Future Initiative.
Before completing his formal education, David Baker was a union carpenter. From 1977 until 1982 he was a principal of Sol-Arc, a firm focused on the integration of architectural design with solar and energy conservation issues. David is a member of the American Institute of Architects, in 1996 he was selected as a Fellow of the AIA.
Beginning her career working on university libraries, Rebecca has over 20 years of experience in overseeing the construction and renovation of civic, community, institutional, housing, retail and mixed-use projects. She serves as the firm’s project director: overseeing production of drawings & specifications, construction administration, scheduling, and research of material applications.She offers expertise at project management, construction management, coordination with governmental agencies and obtaining approvals for a variety of projects from the initial funding approvals phase to project close out. As such, her technical experience working with governmental agencies has successfully resulted in additional funding for energy conservation, for access compliance, and seismic safety.