Christian Dauer

Principal, LEED AP

Registered Architect, California

founded ChrDAUER Architects in 2000

Christian loves building(s). Inspired by a long line of relatives, mentors, and designers who express themselves via their head and hands, his professional life has been devoted to understanding how buildings are designed, built, used, and adapted over time. Adept at devising contemporary as well as contextual solutions, his appreciation ranges from the tenets of modernism to the pragmatics of traditional vernaculars.

With substantial expertise in custom residential and commercial office projects, Christian’s experience also includes restaurant, furniture, and lighting design. Prior to his architecture career Christian worked under the tutelage of a master cabinetmaker in Savannah, Georgia, and was a restoration craftsman at the Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York.

Born in New York City and raised in New England, Christian received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He studied furniture design, architectural preservation, and theatrical lighting as an undergraduate at Tufts University, Askov Højskole (Denmark), and Savannah College of Art and Design. He is a member of NCARB, USGBC, and ACLU.

In life outside of work, Christian devotes time to his community as a recently retired Board President of Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, a member of the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club, a furniture maker, an avid canoeist, and is most importantly a husband and dad.

Lauren Zeller

Project Manager/Designer, LEED AP

joined ChrDAUER Architects in 2010

Lauren values craft and detail in architectural forms. She seeks balance between forward-thinking design and a respect for the past. As a project manager and designer, Lauren has managed residential and large-scale commercial projects from concept through construction.

Originally from the east coast, Lauren moved to San Francisco in the early 21st century and feels completely confident in calling California her home. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2004, and is currently pursuing licensure. In her free time Lauren can be found playing and watching sports, reading, eating good food, and exploring San Francisco.



joined ChrDAUER Architects in 2012

A product of a liberal arts Central Valley background, Decoda excels at many things, including; greeting visitors (usually in a nice way) accepting belly rubs, denuding tennis balls, and napping, always in that order.