At the BakerNowicki design studio, three primary themes are the foundation of our life and professional philosophy:


Firm Culture is built on fundamental principles that inform our professional behavior. We believe in integrity, hard work, humble service and extraordinary results. For us, architecture must be designed to meet the needs of the broad community of users and provide a positive and meaningful experience. Our designs must also be environmentally responsible and work effectively for their intended users. They will outlive us and must speak of our vision and commitment to future generations.


We provide creative ideas to resolve complex problems so we work in a creative studio atmosphere that promotes innovative thinking. Our integrated planning processes encourage ideas that speak to issues in new ways. Through collaboration our design teams apply their collective expertise to develop unexpected solutions.


We are the community we serve so it is our obligation and pleasure to give back where we can. Our team is actively involved in such pursuits as sponsoring scholorships for City College students through Friends of Downtown; preparing youth for business through Jr. Achievement; support for our military through programs such as United Through Reading and the Wounded Warrior Project; and Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) with our annual holiday sponsorship of families in need.





Contact Us

BakerNowicki Design Studio

731 Ninth Street, Suite A
San Diego, California 92101

Phone: (619) 795-2450



Jon Baker

FAIA, LEED AP, Partner

Richard Nowicki

AIA, Partner

Buddy Gessel

AIA, LEED AP, Partner

Brian Leonard

AIA, Partner

Julie Zimmerman

School Funding Principal


Our firm focuses not just on building buildings, but also on building professionals. We develop our staff with the long term in mind, providing each person with individual development opportunities. We encourage all staff to seek architectural licensure. We work in focused teams that see projects through, from start to finish. Our teams work under the experienced oversight of firm leaders, who delegate responsibilities to our teams in ways that empower decision making and growth. Our work space has no enclosed offices because we desire for all staff to know and overhear all aspects of our work. The results of these efforts are nimble teams, skilled team members, and a firm that builds trust through communication.



BakerNowicki is seeking self-motivated applicants to join our entrepreneurial, collaborative and innovative design culture. We are located in downtown San Diego, just a few blocks north of Petco Park in the East Village. Voted as one of the “Best Places to Work” in 2015 by the San Diego Business Journal, BakerNowicki Design Studio is a design focused studio with an emphasis on collaboration, mentorship, and integrated design processes.

Our collaborative design team structure leverages the individual strengths and develops the professional skill of our staff. Team members participate in all phases of project development: design through construction. To succeed in our firm, candidates must have an advanced understanding of computer technologies, including BIM, as well as a proactive work ethic, collaborative spirit and a good sense of humor.

BakerNowicki Design Studio is an EEO Employer.

BakerNowicki Design Studio offers the following benefits:

  • Competitive salary
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Healthcare coverage
  • 401(k) Profit Sharing
  • Downtown parking



  • Job Captain (2 to 5 years of experience)
  • Experience with public education projects preferred
  • Experience with BIM (Revit)
  • Experience in all phases of project development, design, CD’s and CA preferred


  • California Professional registration preferred
  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience with public education projects
  • Required Minimum 5 years of experience with BIM (Revit)
  • Experience in ALL phases of project development and design
  • Proficient in Bluebeam Revu Extreme, Adobe Creative Suite products (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent client service skills


    Baker Nowicki Design Studio

    731 Ninth Avenue, Suite A
    San Diego, California 92101

    Phone: (619) 795-2450