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San Jose, CA—We’re pleased to announce Frederick Bauer, Senior Project Architect at our San Jose Studio, as July’s Studio W Spotlight team member. Frederick possesses 25 years of experience in public works architecture, earning his Bachelor of Architecture in his home country of Germany. He takes an interest in all aspects of the design process but truly has regard for hitting project goals and ensuring client satisfaction. As a senior project architect, he assists the team in coordinating project drawings with the engineers and communicating with product vendors regarding material, furniture and fixture selections. Among his notable projects are the Farallone View Elementary School Modernization, Millbrae School District’s Shade Structures at Spring Valley Elementary School and the Half Moon Bay High School Central Kitchen & Athletic Expansion.

Frederick finds joy in engaging conversations, relishes a home-cooked meal and cherishes moments spent with family and friends around the campfire. He draws inspiration from designs that embody simplicity and contrast. Learn more about Frederick…



What is your hometown, or where do you live currently and what do you like about it?

My hometown is Hemhofen, Germany and I currently live in Downtown San Jose. I enjoy Downtown being that it is close to work, the airport and the action.

What is your favorite restaurant or food?

Home-cooked meals. I love thick soups with many colors.

What is your favorite song, movie or book?

3 Idiots written, edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani.


Who is your hero or a person that inspires you?

Everyone, from someone I just met to old friends. Everyone has something that makes them inspiring. Not to mention, the people who ask the difficult questions that make the conversation interesting.

What is a typical weekend for you?

I spend my weekends going on a run or hike with family, catching up with friends over a campfire in my backyard or playing tennis. I always have work around house carrying out repairs and upgrades.

How did you find architecture?

I had no clue what I was going to do for a career until I was 19 or 20. I went on a vacation to Australia where I was inspired after staying with a relative who was an architect and builder.

What is a building, destination or design style that inspires you and why?

Simplicity and contrast within design.

What is your favorite aspect of working at Studio W Architects?

Exposure to design, construction documents and construction administration.

What project have you worked on at Studio W that made you grow the most professionally? Why?

The Farallone View Elementary School Modernization Project because I have loved the entire construction process with drawing review, specs evaluations and ensuring project performance. In addition to ensuring client approval, permitting authority, reaching cost goals and maintaining the construction timeline. Site construction observation has been a good learning opportunity for the purpose of understanding the complexity of when everything comes together.