Drake Dillard

Los Angeles

At an early age, Drake began studying to become an artist like his father, but as his training ensued he started to crave structure within his artistic practice. In architecture, he found that the opportunity to challenge himself creatively lay not only within the physical design, but also within the agencies, codes, and constraints that are inherent in every project. It’s within these boundaries that Drake began to creatively thrive, and he knew he had found his calling.

Drake considers himself to be a citizen’s architect, one who works to better society through culture. He has dedicated his career to giving a voice to those who find it difficult to advocate for themselves. “Everyone deserves good design. Everyone.” he says, and he works tirelessly to ensure that the communities he serves transform physically while remaining sensitive to the residents and users the project serves.

Drakes dedication to supporting his community extends far beyond his profession. As a passionate volunteer, he works with organizations such as the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and AIA Los Angeles Chapter, serves on the Destination Crenshaw Design Review Board, and volunteers with the Crenshaw YMCA.

“I firmly believe that team building and managing is so important. When you have a team that’s positive and doing something that they all believe in, it makes for a successful project.”

Drake's Featured Work

Destination Crenshaw
Los Angeles, California