Karl Daubmann | VP of Design and Creative Director
Karl Daubmann serves as Blu’s Vice President of Design and Creative Director overseeing the development of products and the application of those products on sites across North America. Issues of craft, material, and technology were all ambient in the small fabrication shop where Daubmann grew up, making these values tangible. He learned how to operate a boom crane and use computer-controlled equipment long before he could drive a car.
Karl Daubmann is also an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He teaches design and seminars in digital media, fabrication, multidisciplinary design, and interactive design. His writings have been included in Future Wood – Innovation in Building Design + Manufacturing, Fabrications, and Smart Graphics – American Association for Artificial Intelligence.
As a former partner of PLY Architecture for more than 10 years, Daubmann co-authored a broad range of work exploring design and construction. The work of PLY has been published nationally and internationally and received awards for both built and speculative projects.
Karl earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University and a Master’s of Science in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While at MIT, his research was focused on design technology and the role of simulation in design. Karl is licensed to practice architecture in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington.