The Firm

Local architect Dyke Nelson has formed DNA Workshop. Prior to starting his own practice, he was a partner and lead designer at Chenevert Architects in Baton Rouge for eight years. During his time in Baton Rouge Nelson has worked on numerous projects ranging from historic renovations to large mixed-use buildings and has become one of the region’s leaders on sustainability. He is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and has completed three LEED certified projects and has six more projected to be, including the historic Tessier Building—the oldest commercial building in Baton Rouge. He also remodeled and expanded his family home, which was featured on the show “Renovation Nation” on Discovery’s Planet Green channel.

Before moving to Louisiana, Nelson was a job captain for Gensler Architecture, Design and Planning Worldwide in San Francisco, California. There he was responsible for coordinating large corporate office projects and commercial interior projects such as the corporate headquarters for PeopleSoft. While in San Francisco, Nelson also worked with RLS, an audio, visual and technology consulting firm, providing architectural design on highly technical spaces including several broadcast facilities. Nelson is licensed in LA, MS, CA and AR.

DNA Workshop has been a member of the United States Green Building Council since 2012 and is actively involved in the AIA. Locally, he serves on a variety of boards such as, Baton Rouge Area Red Cross, Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, and the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council. DNA is fully committed to providing design that makes our clients’ businesses more productive, lives healthier, and communities better than when we started. The byproduct of this attitude is a truly sustainable architecture that is meaningful and timeless.

Mission Statement

Dyke Nelson Architecture (DNA Workshop) is committed to sustainable design that is contextual within its fiscal and physical environment. Our mission is to improve the built environment in a way that improves our clients’ businesses and that does not do harm to our local and global community. We accomplish this through a thoughtful approach to the design and construction of architecture and products that are high quality and long lasting. We do not believe that quality has to be sacrificed due to cost, and we look forward to challenging problems that push us to come up with new solutions. We leverage our knowledge of existing technologies that are proven for our region to provide products that make our clients, their patrons, and their employees happier and healthier. Our mission is to improve our local and regional environment in a way that has a positive global impact.

The Workshop

NA began renovations to a warehouse building near the corner of Government and 14th Street in 2012. DNA has invested $700,000 in their new headquarters building in the hopes of being a catalyst for positive growth and investment in this section of Mid-City. DNA chose to move to Mid-City based on the value of the area and the ability to have a significant positive impact. It is our intention to have our business in Mid-City permanently.

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Rock-n-Sake Metairie

  • 2017 AIA Baton Rouge Rose Award

500 Laurel

  • 2017 AIA Baton Rouge Silver Rose Award
  • 2017 AIA Baton Rouge EBRP Planning Commission Award

440 on Third

  • 2016 Baton Rouge Growth Coalition Good Growth Award

Weinstein Poolhouse

  • 2015 AIA Baton Rouge Silver Rose Award

DNA Workshop Headquarters

  • 2015 Preservation Awards from the Foundation for Historical Louisiana
  • 2014 AIA Baton Rouge Silver Rose Award
  • 2014 AIA Baton Rouge Member’s Choice Award
  • 2014 Baton Rouge Growth Coalition Good Growth Award 
  • 2013 Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA) FACELIFT! Mid City Small Business Facade Improvement Program Grant Recipient
  • 2013 Mid City Redevelopment Alliance (MCRA) Grow Mid City Competition, First Place

Tessier Building

  • 2012 Foundation for Historical Louisiana Bricks and Mortar Award