Jack D. Baker, AIA, FCP
Jack’s calm sensibility and extensive experience contribute to the synergy required for successful design projects, whether they be for educational, community, military, or private clients.
Jack D. Baker is a principal and President of DAG Architects. A graduate of Troy State University, Jack has been involved in the construction and design industry for his entire career. Prior to joining DAG, he spent 20 years as the staff architect for a respected design-build firm in the Pensacola area. He leads many of DAG’s projects in the educational, religious, military, civic, and design-build arenas.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management
Troy State University, 1983
Architecture: Florida #AR96312 and Alabama #2762
Certified Design Practitioner, Florida Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Florida Educational Facilities Planning Association
Destin Fishing Museum, Board of Directors
Even from a very young age, a blank sheet of paper represented promise and possibility. I always had the urge to do something creative with this clean canvas and ended up becoming proficient in a number of artistic mediums. At 16, I started working in construction during summer vacations and was fascinated by the process of building something that came from the architect's plans. These blank pieces of paper all of a sudden had such meaning to me and led me to begin my career in architecture.
My passion in design for many years has been in the field of education. This environment has a truly inspiring purpose to inspire ideas, imagination and knowledge. That's heady stuff and design has a leading role and responsibility in this process. Our profession needs to stay several steps ahead of emerging trends in order to successfully pioneer the revolution thats currently taking place in learning delivery methods, technological advances, sustainability practices, and flexible areas that engage students and supports collaboration. I love the spirit of community in any type of educational environment. And, through my experience, I know how great design can create a sense of connection that will lead to a more productive and powerful learning experience.
Whether I have been practicing architecture, building a business, or working on behalf of leading universities and schools, I have really benefited by the synergy that is created by a team, working and learning together. When I was a child I was a student of art, and later, I was a student of design and construction. Now, I feel like I have assumed the role of a teacher as I mentor younger architects and have the opportunity to oversee their process of discovery. I am fully engaged in the educational process, and have, thankfully, realized that learning new things is something I can do every day to feel energized and inspired.