David Jefferis, Founding Principal
David founded Grayform Architecture in 2011 to provide collaborative, process-driven professional design services and as a platform for research on the urban potential of individual buildings and complexes. He is a Licensed Architect in Texas and a LEED AP with over 7 years of experience with residential, commercial, institutional and exhibit design.

David received his Master of Architecture from Rice University in 2011 where he also earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 2005. His graduate thesis, titled Indiscrete Adjacency, established an integrated relationship between form and function able to manage the increasingly complex program requirements of public institutions. David continues to be involved with architectural education through service as an invited juror at the University of Houston and Texas Tech's Houston Studio.

As Principal of Grayform Architecture, David has designed new residences, residential additions (including some in historic districts), and commercial renovations. To successfully complete these projects, he has extensively engaged in the permit process with the City of Houston and preservation organizations.

During his time at Stern Bucek Architects, David was Project Designer for the Wiess Masters House on the Rice University campus. He was responsible for all aspects of the design process, from conceptual planning through construction documentation and daily coordination with consultants. As part of his design and management duties, David also managed the LEED for Homes process and was responsible for incorporating sustainable details into the construction documents. The house was recently awarded a LEED Silver rating.

As a Project Designer at Bailey Architects, David was responsible for design and coordination for the DeBakey Museum at the Baylor College of medicine. The exhibits detailed the life of Michael DeBakey, a world famous heart surgeon, and the surgical procedures he pioneered. David organized hundreds of historic documents and images into the design for 6 exhibits with over 30 separate displays. He also assisted the Project Manager in coordinating the custom exhibit panels and steel support details with the fabricator.

In addition to his architectural work and research at Grayform Architecture, David has produced and exhibited large-scale charcoal figures and portraits, and currently serves as an invited drawing critic at Rice University. He also writes about techniques for standardized representation and strategies for achieving a productive interplay between design process and construction documentation.

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