Chatting With Boise Architect David Ruby

David Ruby is a principal architect with The Architects Office in Boise. David knew from an early age he wanted to be an architect and has designed many iconic and recogniazble buildings in Boise and beyond. David manages, designs, draws and coordinates all aspects of his various types of projects. In other words… He’s an architect.

Q: Why/how did you get into architecture?

I’m actually a bit rare, as I knew from the time I was a freshman in high school that I wanted to be an architect. Looking back, I didn’t fully understand what that meant, but I was fascinated that a set of drawings could be used to create something. I knew I wanted to be a part of that.

Q: What do you like about architecture and making a living designing?

There is a huge service aspect to being an architect. Granted, it’s not quite the same as public service, we are helping people. With architecture, the client types are so diverse, it’s really fascinating getting to interact with people who are do deep in their own professions. Whether it’s a homeowner wanting their dream home or a cabin, or a scientist needing a special laboratory, a veterinarian with a new clinic, a restaurateur with a new restaurant, it’s never dull.

Q: What is your favorite project you’ve designed?

Lucky 13 out in Harris Ranch is probably near the top, though the new Identity Student Housing project is also something I’m pretty excited about. I also always enjoy the historic projects I’ve gotten to work on. Getting the glimpse of the past when you uncover and repurpose those old buildings is fascinating.

Q: What is your favorite type of project to design?

It has more to do with the client than it does the project type, actually. When you have a client that is passionate, and you can build that relationship there is a great deal of mutual trust and respect, anything is fun.

Q: What technology do you use?

We’re pretty simple actually. We use computers and phones and pencils and paper!

Q: What design software do you use and why?

For drawing etc., we primarily use Autocadd, though I’m learning Revit now. I’ve been using AutoCadd for almost 30 years, so needless to say I’m pretty good at it. Having something where you know it so well you can focus more on the design issues than the software issues is pretty important. It makes the process much more efficient and accurate. I’m fortunate that I work in a firm where I get to stay intimately involved with every aspect of the project from start to finish. In most architecture practices, it’s much more segmented into different roles for the various experience levels. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I’ve always loved all of the different aspects of the project from the early high level concepts, to the extremely detailed construction drawings, to working out the issues during construction. The way we work at TAO allows me to be the architect. Not just the project manager, or the draftsman, or the principal-in-charge doing the contracts and billings. I get to do everything, and it makes for a very diverse working environment, and we’ve found it’s extremely efficient. So much is lost with transfer of information and miscommunications, doing it all allows us to take a large part of that dynamic out of the equation.

What do you do when you’re not architecting?

I like to golf as much as possible, and I spend a lot of time with my family swimming, watching movies and travelling. I have two teenagers, so that keeps me about as busy as I want to be!

Contacting David Ruby

David Ruby
The Architects Office
499 Main Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 639-6406

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