30 April 2010: ARCHITECT OPENS COLLABORATIVE DESIGN STUDIO, THINK FABRICATE

Susan G. Doban, AIA, president of Susan Doban Architect, PC, is pleased to announce she is renaming her firm Doban Architecture, and has added a multidisciplinary design studio, Think Fabricate, LLC. Together the businesses will provide collaborative design solutions for living, learning, and community.

Doban will serve as CEO of both Doban Architecture and Think Fabricate. She co-founded Think Fabricate with Jason Gorsline, its design director and a partner in that business.

“We launched Think Fabricate because we wanted to build on the expertise of our architectural services while offering a wider range of design services, including research and the fabrication of products,” Doban said.

“Doban Architecture and Think Fabricate are dedicated to the team work necessary to provide collaborative design solutions for our clients,” she continued. “Both businesses are organized around our three initiatives—Think Living, Think Educate, and Think Mainstreets, and reflect our focus in these areas.”

Think Living builds on the architectural firm’s residential work; Think Educate builds on its educational projects, including those for Monroe College and the New York City School Construction Authority; and Think Mainstreets builds on its economic development projects such as New Rochelle’s Model Development Block and the apartments in the Red Hook Warehouse above Fairway in Brooklyn.

Doban’s announcement coincides with Think Fabricate’s participation in BKLYN DESIGNS, which will feature 40 designers of contemporary furnishings and accessories made and designed in Brooklyn from May 7-9 at St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO.

At BKLYN DESIGNS, Think Fabricate will be introducing five product lines of furniture from its Spring 2010 collection, some of which grew out of special projects for architectural clients.

Many of the products are designed to provide urban dwellers that are living in small spaces with unique, attractive storage solutions using sustainable materials, carefully conceived details, and enduring quality. They also involve references to imagery from the past with modern day construction techniques and detailing, resulting in a unique look. Customers will have the opportunity to order the models on display or order custom-made solutions.

The product lines on display will include:

NOT YOUR MOTHER’S FURNITURE! With all due respect to Mom, this collection can make even the most dismal radiator beautiful and functional. These unique furnishings incorporate nineteenth century decorative patterns, sustainable materials, and details that are at home in Victorian brownstones and modern day apartments alike. The coordinating china cabinet, drawer unit, and mirror expand the opportunities for efficient living that works well in the tight spaces of smaller apartments and older homes.

TV QUILTS. These cabinets fit together like a giant puzzle to form a wall unit that can help you organize your belongings by color-coded function. This piece has the intricacy and importance of traditional hand made quilts, and is hand veneered in Brooklyn with loving care to cover your TV and bring artistry to functional cabinetry.

WALL*NUT TILES. These diminutive cabinets are flexible, playful, and economical, and take on a sculptural appearance when arrayed on a wall. Their rounded corner details create a fluid surface in solid walnut, and the walnut veneer doors, some with decorative silk screening, evoke miniature paintings. Created to provide better storage in a small nook of a bathroom in a brownstone, these are useful wherever beautiful storage is desired.

STEPPING STONES. This collection evolved from the design of a durable, cafeteria bench using sustainable materials to a range of durable, functional, sculptural furnishings suitable for the home. Using a wide variety of construction techniques, the collection explores the contrast between volume and surface, as well as positive and negative forms, with cutouts which evoke stepping stones along a path and provide opportunity for storage. These pieces follow the route from sustainable, durable products for educational applications all the way to your living room.

CUTTING EDGE WALLS AND MORE. This prefabricated wall system can help you define a sleeping area and create more storage space all in one easy step. Disruption due to construction is minimized, and exploration of edge details is maximized to add richness and definition to your wall.

For more information about Doban Architecture and Think Fabricate is available at 718-797-1041. For tickets and information about BKLYN DESIGNS, see www.bklyndesigns.com.

About Susan G. Doban
Susan G. Doban, AIA, is CEO of Doban Architecture, PC/Think Fabricate, LLC. Doban has 25 years of experience designing and managing architectural and planning ventures, including numerous educational, commercial, residential, and economic development projects in the region. In 1996 she founded Susan Doban Architect, PC, which has now evolved to Doban Architecture, along with its multidisciplinary design studio, Think Fabricate, LLC, which she co-founded.

Doban designed the site plan and residential interiors for the Fairway Project at Red Hook, winner of the Municipal Art Society’s Masterwork Award for Economic Catalyst and a U.S. EPA award for energy efficiency. Both the Red Hook project and her design for the offices of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce were honored with a Building Brooklyn Award from the Chamber. She is currently working on two residential/hospitality projects in Brooklyn and has designed numerous renovations to Brooklyn brownstones, including a recent “green” renovation. Ms. Doban also worked with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and the Department of Parks and Recreation on the Sheepshead Bay Esplanade at Emmons Avenue.

During the past seven years, she has directed design and construction of more than ten projects on New Rochelle’s Main Street including several for Monroe College. These include the adaptive re-use of a commercial building into a classroom/administrative building, a new six-story dormitory completed in 2004, several interior renovation projects, and a state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center which was recognized by McGraw-Hill’s NY Construction Magazine with a “Best of 2007” Award and an Excellence in Interior Design Award by American School and University Magazine. Doban also has designed a new mixed-use building on the college’s campus that will include dormitory rooms, campus cafeteria, and classrooms.

Doban’s work for the New Rochelle Business Improvement District and Community Preservation Corporation has included creating Façade Improvement Program Guidelines for upper Main Street and design of the New Rochelle Model Block façade improvement project, which transformed the deteriorated facades of five historical buildings and received a Preservation League of New York State 2008 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. The façade improvement program has become a model of community partnership in fostering economic development through historic preservation and restoration and is now being replicated in other New York state municipalities, including Sleepy Hollow and the Village of Port Chester.

For the New York City School Construction Authority, Doban’s firm has completed more than 40 capital improvement projects. Located mostly in Brooklyn and Staten Island, the work has ranged from interior renovations to façade, window, and roof upgrades, to enhancements that support the Department of Education’s programmatic goals, to multi-million dollar exterior modernization projects.

Before establishing her Brooklyn-based firm in 1996, Doban was an associate at the Manhattan firm of Fox & Fowle Architects.

Doban received her M.Arch degree from Columbia University where she received a Kinne Travelling Fellowship to study American Urban Waterfronts. She received her AB from Harvard University cum laude in English and American Literature.

Doban is vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Chamber’s Real Estate Development Committee, and previously chaired the Small Business Seminar and Membership Committees. She served as chair of the judging panel for the 2009 Building Brooklyn Awards.

In the community, she has served as a volunteer garden guide at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and currently co-chairs the Building Committee of Congregation Beth Elohim. She lives with her family in Brooklyn.

About Jason Gorsline
Jason Gorsline is the design director and founding partner of Think Fabricate, the multidisciplinary design studio within Doban Architecture, PC.

Gorsline brings to the practice his experience as a furniture designer and fabricator as well as his work on architectural and interiors projects. The spirit of collaboration, a close attention to detail, and welcoming attitude toward new ideas and influences is apparent in his approach to design.

Since co-founding Think Fabricate, he has worked on the development and fabrication of prefabricated wall panel systems for Monroe College; completed office interiors projects; and designed numerous pieces of custom furniture.

Before joining the architectural firm in 2009, he was design director of A&G Designs, a firm he co-founded. In this role, he collaborated with Susan Doban on several projects, including the lobby of 81 Centre Avenue in New Rochelle, where the interior of the lobby was enlivened with graphic imagery taken from the ornate terracotta patterns on the historic façade. He has also worked on designs for the furnishings at a new dormitory proposed for Monroe College, on schematic designs for their new gym, and on some residential interiors projects.

While at A&G Designs, Gorsline was responsible for the design and fabrication of custom furniture, and restaurant, store, and residential interiors. His projects included designing custom furniture and wall treatments for a private residence in Big Sky, Montana, which was featured in Timber Homes Illustrated, March, 2008.

He also was responsible for the design and fabrication for Acqua Santa and Aurora, two bar/restaurants in Williamsburg, as well as fabrication of interior paneling and furniture from reclaimed pine to create a signature look for Bark Hot Dogs in Park Slope. In addition, he worked on a show design for IMI New York, a collection of tanneries from Italy and France.

His numerous custom furniture pieces range from upholstered sofas to multi-cabinet wall systems. While with A&G Designs, Gorsline was an exhibitor at BKLYN DESIGNS in 2006 and 2007.

Gorsline received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He currently serves on the judging panel for the Brooklyn Chamber’s Building Brooklyn Awards.

He lives in Brooklyn.