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BLOG: Stepping into the Q Zone
Exploring the rich edge between the building and the sidewalk.

11 Strategies for Building Community with Affordable Housing
David Baker and Amit C. Price Patel share their design philosophy in the February issue of Urban Land Magazine.

BLOG: The 30A Cognitive Dissonance Blues
Amanda Loper reflects on the "perfection" of planned communities.

Devised for the Market Street Prototyping Festival, our peepSHOW's frame the unique and unseen.

ELPN Fundraiser Party!
December 5! DBA's Happiest Hour party supports the Emerging Leaders Peer Network.

BLOG: Art for All!
DBA's Brit Epperson and Amit C. Price Patel discuss strategies and significance of including art in every building.

BLOG: The Medellin Model
BLOG: From the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, Amit C. Price Patel reports on the city's bold urban innovations.

BLOG: This Is Where ...
Urban Field Notes: Amanda Loper explores some of the urban moments that make the city so vibrant.

BLOG: Focus on the First 20 Feet
Amanda Loper and David Baker, featured in SPUR's June Urbanist.

BLOG: Densifying Design
DBA Senior Associate Amanda Loper proposes densifying design strategies as one piece of the urban housing solution.

BLOG: ResilientSF Local Cache
Local Cache is a branding system designed to insert the myriad disaster resources already available in San Francisco neighborhoods into the awareness of residents through repeat and extensive passive exposure.

Open Position: Senior Project Architect
DBA is seeking an experienced Senior Project Architect.

DBA NEWS: New Associates!
Congratulations to our four new Associates! Get to know them here.

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EVENT: EBHO Affordable Housing & Urban Agriculture Bike Tour

Thanks to EBHO for including our Urban Ag & Affordable Housing Bike Tour in their Affordable Housing Week. We had a great ride around Oakland's urban farms and affordable housing featuring food gardens.  

Field of Dreams: UC Berkeley 2013 Fall Graduate Studio
Field of Dreams: Rising Tides: Open Hours @StorefrontLab, Saturday, February 15, 1-5pm

Happy Solstice!
Wishes for a wonderful winter solstice from David Baker Architects!

The Rural Studio 20K Challenge
$24,412 raised! Thanks, SF, for your generosity toward the Rural Studio!

Developing your Identity and Building your Reputation
AIASF, Monday, November 25: Join DB for convo about growing a small firm.

HOW TO: Signage

2012 Looking Back

2012 Looking Back: Dbarchitect was most fortunate to have a good year, full of great clients, collaborations, challenges, and accomplishments!

Support DB's Climate Ride California
DB's 320 mile Climate Ride bid still open for donations! Bump him up to the #1 fundraiser with your contribution today!

Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project
Acta Non Verba Farm brings fresh food and breathes fresh life into the Tassafaronga community.

"Anecdatal" Evidence
The health value of supportive affordable housing as evidenced by anecdote.

DBA NEWS: Kevin Wilcock Joins COD Advisory Group
Principal Kevin Wilcock AIA LEED AP embarks on a three-year term as AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group Secretary.

Obsolete Californias
@StoreFrontLab: purveyors of an Obsolete California opening 2013.01.09.

2011 Looking Back

Dbarchitect was most fortunate to have a good year last year, full of awards and approvals, art and activism, and friends old and new.

Bent, Twisted and Warped
@StoreFrontLab: CCA furniture students show Saturday, December 15th.

We've refreshed our postcards with 8 new cards and a custom micro-manufactured case.

Pallet Playhouse

@StoreFrontLab: Pallet Playhouse, an experiential activity for children.

2012 TNDC Pool Toss
David Baker FAIA LEED AP is a "Celebrity Tossee" at this year's TNDC Pool Toss fundraiser. You can join the pool party literally or figuratively by buying tickets or donating in support of David Baker, Tossee.

Affordable Housing Day Bike Tour
The Affordable Housing Day Bike Tour took place on October 6. Click the map to follow the route on your own.

Strictly Vinyl
@StoreFrontLab: Strictly Vinyl, Saturday September 22, 1:00-8:00 pm

Post Car Travel Agency

@StoreFrontLab: next-gen travel agency that helps you get to where you're biking without a car.

Deep Craft Atelier
@StoreFrontLab: artist-made skateboards, clothing, ties, putters, sand castle molds, iphone gramophones, and food.

Occupy Design
Occupy Design's Phantom Gallery appears at StoreFrontLab on June 28

Great Second Street
Second Street is about to get bike lanes and fresh pavement. Let's do it right with European style Cycle Tracks!

FAIRFAX FORAY: A Free-Wheeling Bicycle Adventure with the SFBC
Join us for the second annual SFBC ride to Fairfax on Saturday, June 9, 2012! We'll meet at the S.F. Ferry Building Plaza and roll north across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Marin's annual Fairfax Festival.

AIA East Bay Dbarchitect Housing Tour
Saturday 2012.05.12: Pacific Cannery Lofts & Ironhorse at Central Station.

Celebrate Sunday Streets

Join us Friday, March 9! Come help Dbarchitect put some spring in the step of Sunday Streets, San Francisco's official block party!

2011 Micro-Mission Grants
David Baker's super-local program gives $888 grants to organizations in our San Francisco communities.

Pecha Kucha at SPUR

Pent-Up (AFFORDABLE) Housing Demand
David Baker's May 2011 Registry article about the affordable housing crisis: the imbalance between high demand and limited resources to build more.

2010 Micro-Mission Grants
Proceeds from the rental of David Baker's Shotwell Street studio will benefit S.F.'s civic-minded organizations. Click here to book the place—or to make a donation of your own.

YBike? YBike!
Join us Friday, October 15, 2010, at our SOMA offices to celebrate and raise money for YBike. Let's get the City's kids on bikes!

Modern Architecture Hill Climb: September 18, 2010
You've got to climb some hills to get to the city's top modern residences.

DB+P's two Armstrong developments are in good modern-architecture company on September 11's Home Tours. Clear your weekend for visits, and read on for more information.

art streets life 2010
David Baker invites you to his Mission home to celebrate San Francisco's burgeoning street revolution. Beer and music, fun and food carts! Auctions: Photographic prints by noted architectural photographers! A beautiful PUBLIC bike! Come join us Thursday, August 26!

49 Mile Scenic Bike Ride
Inspired by the Downtown Association's 1938 "49 Mile Scenic Drive", this epic bicycle ride circles the City.

Dbarchitect/SFBC Urban Design Internship
We will be working with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, SFBC on a project related to the next generation Complete Bicycle Network for the City. This is an unpaid internship to help plan and illustrate that vision.

SPUR Walking Tour: Tassafaronga Village
May 21st, 2010

2010: Interactive New Year's Wishes
Our snail-mail custom labor-intensive coloring book for 2010!

Quilting (D)B
David Baker is one of many creative contributors to the San Francisco Bike Coalition's 2009 Bike Quilt.

GreenPoint Showcase Tour This Sunday: Ironhorse Family Apartments + Pacific Cannery Lofts
Visit Ironhorse Family Apartments and Pacific Cannery Lofts this Sunday, October 4, 2009, as part of Build It Green and KTVU's GreenPoint Showcase Tour.

BLOG: Transit-Oriented Developments
David Baker discusses the merits of and strategies for creating Transit-Oriented Developments.

art streets life 2009
David Baker opened the doors of his Mission District residence to share a new mural by Andrew Schoultz and give a boost to the new San Francisco Great Streets program.

XERO Project in the Polls
Our award-winning design for a zero-energy block in Dallas is in the running in a people's-choice straw poll—get the vote out for XERO Project and help bring a little DBP to TX.

Professional Development
Continuing with our commitment to professional development, two designers graduate to architect and one partner gets a green stamp of approval.

Victory Gardens Party
The crowds came out on Friday, April 24, to celebrate and support city agriculture and growing-knowing at our benefit bash for Victory Gardens.

Tiny Shelters Charrette
In April 2009 David Baker was invited as the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture to spend a week at the University of Oklahoma Architecture School lecturing and teaching a short charrette ("workshop" in architect lingo!).

Oh, the Humanitarian!
David Baker was recently dubbed one of the 30 most influential and innovative people in the housing industry of the past 30 years.

Hall of Famer
The Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence has inducted 15 top builders and architects since opening its doors, including David Baker FAIA in 2008.

Residential Architect Honors Paseo Senter
Paseo Senter gets national notice with a 2009 RADA Merit Award.

Gems of the City Bicycle Tour
Follow hot on the (w)heels of David Baker's Gems of the City bike tour featuring some of San Francisco's most architecturally significant buildings.

PARK(ing) Day: Friday, September 19
Think globally, PARK locally. Check out photos of PARK(ing) Day 2008.

Emilie Baker
Remembering Emilie Baker.

Slow Food Nation
DB+P and CCS Architects banded together with Slow Food Nation and local vendors and farmers to bring "slow fast food" to Civic Center Plaza.

Housing Hero
Each year the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition recognizes Housing Heroes, exceptional individuals singled out for their commitment to creating, advocating, and promoting housing solutions for all San Franciscans.

This year David Baker FAIA and Daniel Solomon FAIA share the 2008 honor.

VV Profile: David Baker
Does the bike (or the bell) make the man? Velo Vogue assesses David Baker.

Create Happy Outcomes
Wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2008 from David Baker + Partners!

Party Like a Walk Star!
This year our annual fundraiser party put some spring in the step of Walk San Francisco, local pedestrian advocates.

East Bay Urban Living Home Tour
Holliday Development hosts this inside peek at some of the East Bay's most unique living spaces. The tour includes DB+P's Blue Star Corner—a LEED For Homes-certified townhouse community —as well as a dozen other notable spots.

Build it Green Home Tour
Don't miss your chance to experience the first Build it Green Home Tour in San Francisco and see how gorgeous green can be!

PARK(ing) Day!
A call to action—or at least to lounging on the lawn—PARK(ing) Day is a city-wide event (launched by Rebar Group) that places temporary parks in metered parking spaces, momentarily upping urban green space and reconsidering car culture.

Travels with db...
In search of architecture, urban design, and transportation infrastructure!

Home(Page) Renovation
We are happy to officially launch our new web site.

This Is How We Roll
Almost-weekly after-work rides leave our office around 5:30...could go anywhere!

Biked to Work
Our office teams take 1st and 3rd place in May's Bike-to-Work Challenge.

Silver Celebration
Folsom + Dore Supportive Apartments was the first residential building in Northern California to be LEED certified, and on April 19 the U. S. Green Building Council made it official.

Livable City Festivities
Our annual event raised $9,000 for Livable City.

Finishing Touches
Doors are open at our 200 Second Street Condominiums in Oakland, and the building's two lofty lobbies have been adorned with murals by local artists Casey Jex Smith and Andrew Schoultz.

China (Work)shop
David Baker and other Cal faculty lead the China Studio team to Jiaxing and back.

Critical Visit
David Baker was invited to be the 2006 John Portman Visiting Critic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture this past autumn.

Unbundle New Urban Parking + Housing
Lower parking requirements allow for more units of affordable housing, less urban traffic congestion, and increased urban vitality.

Dbarchitect 2005 Urban Housing Bike Tour: San Francisco
David Baker leads a San Francisco urban bike tour of our projects in the spring of 2005.

Dbarchitect 2003 Urban Housing Bike Tour: San Jose
Way back in the summer of 2003, David Baker led a bike tour of our San Jose urban housing designs.

Architectural Design Strategies
Lavishing creativity and consideration on the design of the human environment results in a link with future inhabitants.

BLOG: Design of Community
Design implementation requires community involvement, contextual design, and a lot of communication.

Office Views
A snapshot of life at DBA.