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Architect for Scientists - Bonnie Blake-Drucker, FAIA

December 20, 2014

My father was a motion picture producer/director and an inventor/song writer.  From 3 years old I was the one who rolled around under a massive train board to connect wires, to screw in pieces and basically be my father's assistant.  I helped him build highly prized lamps made from vintage Lionel trains and I learned the magic of movie making in his studio.  I grew to be the partner of the local mad scientist and together we did everything from blowing up sewers (I am so sorry) to building go carts and experimenting with hypnosis.  I studied morse code and became a ham radio operator and built several radios and maintained all of my other electronic equipment.  I met my MIT educated electrical engineering husband and to this day I believe he was attracted to me because I owned my own oscilliscope.  In this history and context I studied Architecture after leaving a full ride NIH research fellowship after a M.S.  I found my voice in the work I did with scientists.  I found that my natural "Mercury 7" era science self was a terrific communication tool with high level research scientists.  I also found that I got way into their research and loved to have discussions about the field and their potential work.  I made connections and I became friends.

 

This is my strength.  I may be the only Architect in the Bay Area who has done academic research in a PHD program with several publications in research journals, or at least I may be one of a field of 0 of Ham Radio licensed Architectural licensed people.

 

What this means to the scientist planning a research space or to a Quality Control Laboratory Manager whos through put needs to increase, or to a manufacturer who can see that people are crossing paths, is that I can help you.

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