OUR TEAM

Founder, DNM Architect

David Marlatt graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982 with an M.ARCH and began practicing in Atlanta with Taylor+Williams Architects where his houses and multi-family projects won national awards and publication. He obtained his architectural license at the tender age of 25 and soon after made the rational decision to quit his job and leave town. A true architect was born...

He debarked in Paris in 1986 and taught architectural design briefly before joining a local start-up software company, ABVENT (http://www.abvent.com/), developers of 3D modeling and rendering software. Abvent quickly grew as both a developer and software distributor and, in 1987, became one of the first distributors of Hungarian based Graphisoft's ArchiCAD (http://www.graphisoft.com/), the original "BIM" software. David left Paris in 1992 for San Francisco, where he served as President of Graphisoft's US office - and later as International VP of Marketing and Communications - and helped grow Graphisoft into a major worldwide player in architectural CAD software.

Always an architect, however, David left Graphisoft after its successful initial public offiering (IPO) in 1999 to form DNM Architecture. Working throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, DNM Architecture, offers a full range of architectural services from planning and programming through design, documentation and construction administration. Pushing the envelope of architectural practice and technology, the firm uses intelligent 3D CAD software to communicate with clients, translate early designs seamlessly into construction documents and manage design changes without disrupting the building process. The firm’s integrated approach not only improves the final design, but produces final drawings faster and more accurately than more traditional methods.

INTERESTS: running, biking, home remodeling, bricolage

LANGUAGES: English and French

ASSOCIATIONS: Member American Institute of Architects, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Former president and director Lycée Français de San Francisco

David is a registered architect in California

A native of Northern California, Julie Johnson graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Environmental Design and a focus on Interiors. At an early age she became interested in built spaces and continuously redesigned her own. She developed her architectural expertise in the western Colorado Rockies and has returned to California to enjoy living and working in Marin County.

She is an active member of the San Geronimo Valley Community Garden.

INTERESTS: cycling, gardening, art and the great outdoors.

Karl Vavrek has over 25 years of experience in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry having spent 15 years as a structural engineering consultant prior to becoming an architect. He has worked on projects big and small worldwide and especially enjoys working on-site, during construction.

A native of Pennsylvania, Karl holds the degrees of Bachelor of Architectural Engineering from PennState University and Master of Architecture from the California College of the Arts. Prior to joining DNM Architect, Karl worked for structural consulting firms DeSimone in New York City and Middlebrook+Louie in San Francisco and architecture firm AndersonAnderson in San Francisco.

For the past six years Karl has taught architectural design, representation and history part-time at the College of Marin and served on the Board of Trustees for Cascade Canyon School in Marin County where he is currently Chair of Facilities. He is a past member of the Town of Fairfax Design Review Board, the Structural Engineers Associations of New York and Northern California and a proud current member of the American Institute of Architects San Francisco. He spends a lot of time caring for his two kids.

INTERESTS: Building Information Modeling, Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel, Mountain Biking

ASSOCIATIONS:Registered Professional Engineer in California; Member, The American Institute of Architects; LEED Accredited Professional

Karl is a registered architect in California

Olivier Pennetier has been a LEED accredited professional since 2003. He joined DNM Architect in 2006 and leads our efforts to make all of our projects more energy efficient.

Prior to joining the DNM Architect team, Olivier worked for Van der Ryn Architects in Sausalito, CA and has been an independent consultant, working with architecture firms and universities throughout the country to provide bioclimatic design solutions, site and climate analyses as well as recommendations on daylighting, solar stress mitigations, and passive design strategies.

A native of France, Olivier holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Hawaii.

Interests: Building performance optimization and simulation, Ephemeral desert architecture, Home brewing

Languages: English and French

Associations: LEED AP

A native of California, and raised in Hawaii, Michael Brommer joined the firm in 2017. He graduated from University of San Francisco in 2008 with a BA in International Studies and is currently studying architectural design at a local college. Michael is fluent in Japanese, and has done freelance translating and interpreting work in the past.

Languages: English and Japanese

Interests: Drawing, Reading,