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San Diego K-12 Design Firm BakerNowicki Joins DLR Group

(SAN DIEGO, August 11, 2021) – DLR Group today announced the acquisition of San Diego based education design firm BakerNowicki Design Studio. The firm will operate as DLR Group|BakerNowicki to serve K-12 and higher education clients in the San Diego market and join with DLR Group K-12 studios in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, and San Francisco to serve the interests of education clients throughout California.

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Design39Campus in San Diego. Photo courtesy of BakerNowicki.

Formed in 2011 by architects Jon Baker, FAIA, and Richard Nowicki, AIA, BakerNowicki’s sole specialization is educational architecture working exclusively with K-12 and higher education clients. The firm’s award-winning designs are grounded in a collaborative approach to programming, planning, and design, as well as specific expertise in education funding in California.

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Urban Discovery High School in San Diego. Photo courtesy of BakerNowicki.

“We founded our firm on four pillars to be collaborative, innovative, integrated, and sustainable,” said Baker. “From a relational, planning, design, and technology standpoint, our focus is on the work and our goal is to do great design. From a cultural standpoint, those themes line up seamlessly with DLR Group. The combined experience and expertise of our two firms provide a foundation to grow a powerhouse office in San Diego and the leading education design practice in California.”

Joining DLR Group enables BakerNowicki project teams to provide their clients a depth of inhouse design expertise including engineering, interiors, high performance design, landscape, science and technology, and a fully integrated array of specialized design services.

“Joining DLR Group presents a wonderful opportunity for our staff,” said Nowicki. “With the scale of a global firm, we are providing our people a greater diversity of career opportunities. We have enhanced geographic reach for their K-12 design, the potential to explore and experience new building types and work overseas, and the opportunity to pursue practice or a firm operations career in a larger firm.”

DLR Group is a 100% employee-owned firm, and BakerNowicki’s 28 design professionals will have the opportunity to purchase stock and invest in the future of DLR Group. The office will serve its K-12 clients in Southern California as DLR Group|BakerNowicki under the continued leadership of Baker and Nowicki.

DLR Group Senior Principal and Brand Communications Manager andy ernsting
For media queries, please contact: Andy Ernsting, Brand Communications Leader

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