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  • Gregory Johnson

    Designer and Fabricator

    Oakland, CA

designer and fabricator of furniture and housewares. As a fabricator and designer, I understand what it takes to bring a project from initial concept to final installation. My experience as a designer lends me the ability to look at the larger picture of a project in order to effectively predict conflicts and address them before they become serious problems. I am able to apply aesthetic considerations to functional solutions to make beautiful things work. By drawing upon on-the-job and acedemic education, the background I have obtained allows me to communicate effectively with clients, contractors, and coworkers from design all the way to installation. I love a building challenge and thrive on high fit and finish jobs. I am committed to my craft and have dedicated myself to the mastering the skills of yesterday and tomorrow. I am just as at home at a CAD station designing for the latest 3-d printer or laser cutter as I am laying out with a string and scribe and cutting to my line with a hand saw. By focusing on being a maker and not solely a machinist, welder, carpenter, or drafter I am able to enrich my entire design and building process and bring the best techniques to my practice. since 2005 as a designer i have used my knowledge of building techniques and technologies in conjunction with my artistic and spacial sensibilities and historical perspective to give clients the very best concepts possible.

Work Samples

  • inverted swing

  • carved chair

  • camp question mark 2013

Work History

  • Independent Builder and Designer

    • self employed
    • Nov 2013 - Present (4 years)

    Currently working various commissions short term contracts and looking for new and engaging opportunities in all phases of the design/build process

  • Fabricator

    • Product and Design
    • Jul 2011 - Nov 2013 (2 years 4 months)

    Handle design development, prototyping, layout, manual/CNC machining, sheet metal forming, installation, and finishing of high end architectural metal work. Working to tight tolerances and providing made to order work for some of the San Francisco Bay Area's top construction companies.

  • Special Project Manager

    • Camp Question Mark
    • Jul 2013 - Sep 2013 (2 months)

    Voulenteering with Camp Question Mark, a Bay Area non-profit organization, I managed the construction of vital infrastructure as well as the design and installation of various structures and decorations for the event facade. These elements included entry archways, dancing pole, performer platform (with on-site designed and fabricated decoration), and on-site custom built weather resistant 5W laser cases.

  • Fabricator

    • 3D Studios
    • Sep 2010 - Mar 2011 (6 months)

    Fabrication of ornamental architectual metal work

  • Shop Monitor

    • California College of the Arts
    • Sep 2007 - May 2010 (2 years 8 months)

    Shop monitor for model welding and wood shop. Responsible for shop safety, assisting students in completion of projects, and shop maintenance.

  • Drafter/ Fabricator

    • Blank and Cables
    • Jun 2008 - Aug 2008 (2 months)

    Drafter and fabricator in production of furniture and architectural metal and wood work. Coordinated and created construction drawings for various projects.

  • Drafter

    • Alexander Scheflo & associates
    • Feb 2005 - May 2007 (2 years 3 months)

    Draftsman for residential and commercial HVAC and plumbing layout


  • California College of the Arts

    • BFA Furniture Design
    • 2007 - 2010
  • Delta College

    • Fine Arts--Sculpture
    • 2004 - 2007

    Two years cabinet making, two and a half years sculpture, MIG welding and machining

  • Lincoln High School

    • 2000 - 2004

    Four years architectural drafting and design



2002 California State Fair. First place and outstanding project for architectural model with plans. 2003 California State Fair. Third place and energy efficiency award.