FABR Studio + Workshop is a Brooklyn-based design practice. Founded by partners and friends, we bring together design, engineering, art, construction, and fabrication talents in pursuit of building.
Since 2012, FABR has handled a range of projects including ground-up multifamily buildings, enlargements and adaptive re-use of commercial buildings, townhouse and apartment renovations and enlargements, restaurant and bar build-outs and site planning and feasibility studies. Recently Fabr has managed the planning and renovation of a 22,000 sq ft former factory as a multi-tenant commercial, restaurant, and office space.
Our working model is a strong collaboration with clients and craftspeople alike; we have partnered with clients on development projects, acted as both designer and general contractor, have construction-managed teams of subs, and have worked alongside GCs in a design and construction administration role. We are constantly exploring new ways of engaging, collaborating, and building.
Eli Fernald is a founder and partner of FABR Studio + Workshop. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Eli received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California San Diego in 2001. Prior to founding FABR, Eli worked as an electrical engineer at Applied Microcircuits, ran a small contemporary gallery, and wandered the country looking for meaning before moving to New York and starting his work as a designer-builder in 2007.
Bretaigne Walliser is a founder and partner of FABR Studio + Workshop. Born and raised in New York City, she received a Bachelor of Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley in 2001 and a Masters in Architecture from The City College of New York in 2010. Prior to founding FABR, Bret worked for a handful of firms in New York City including SYSTEMarchitects and Elisabetta Terragni. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate architecture studio and history courses at City College.
Thom Dalmas is a founder and partner of FABR Studio + Workshop. Born and raised in Wellfleet Massachusetts, he received a Bachelor of History from the University of Virginia in 2001 and a Masters in Architecture from The City College of New York in 2008. Prior to founding FABR, Thom worked for a variety of firms in Wellfleet, New York and Detroit, including the Cape Cod Modern House Trust and Zago Architecture.