What They Say

Livable City Innovator in Architecture and Urbanism
Livable City and Supervisor Jane Kim honor David Baker for Innovation in Architecture and Urbanism.

A Walk Through San Francisco with Architect David Baker
A renowned affordable-housing architect explains how San Francisco can do it right.

Strategies for Dealing with S.F.'s Housing Crunch

SF Chronicle on Zero Cottage: "Strategies for Dealing with S.F.'s Housing Crunch"

AWARD: Visionary & Innovative Leader in Design
NPH honored David Baker Architects for 35 years of design leadership in affordable housing.

Energy Equilibrium

"Energy Equilibrium," by Eva Hagberg, in Metropolis Magazine, November 2013

Navigating the Hills Of Affordable Housing
BUILD BLOG interviewed David Baker in Seattle.

Starchitect for the Common Man
Thirty years into his iconoclastic career, David Baker is still re-imagining the city residence.

Press Kit
Feel free to use this text and these images to promote events in which David Baker is participating.

Sheltering the World: New Models for Social Housing
Sacramento's La Valentina Station featured in March 2013 Architectural Record cover story "Sheltering the World: New Models for Social Housing."

Design as Balm for a Community's Soul

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times on Richardson & Tassafaronga.

Design for Aging Review 11
A comprehensive review of architectural trends in aged-care facilities featuring 30 outstanding designs hand-picked by a jury of members from the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community and LeadingAge.

WOOF: Wide Smiles and Wagging Tails
WOOF graduation at Richardson Apartments! WOOF pairs shelter dogs with caretakers in supportive housing.

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up
Tassafaronga Village is a feature in Architecture for Humanity's new book, which features case studies from around the world that demonstrate how innovative design is reimagining community and uplifting lives.

AIACC 2012 Distinguished Practice Award
David Baker, FAIA, was selected as the AIA California Council's 2012 Distinguished Practice.

Strengthening Connections
In “Strengthening Connections”, David Baker, David Baker + Partners Architects, reveals how the local housing authority transformed and funded an aging, blighted Oakland public housing site into a development of diverse housing types and community amenities.

Housing Restart
In Oakland, California, the brownfield site of severely distressed housing is sustainably reborn. GreenSource January 2011.

Innovative Designs Recognized by Architects, HUD
Paseo Senter wins points for innovation with HUD and the Journal of Tax Credits.

David Baker + Partners Serve Society, Environment
Good design matters: Chronicle writer John King draws favorable comparisons between two diverse DB+P projects.

Decade in Review: Top 10 in S.F. Architecture
Top of the Aughts: Chronicle urban design writer John King pegs SOMA Studios as one of S.F.'s recent bests.

David Baker Named 2010 Parking Hero (April 1, 2010)
Following nominations by both the SFPC and SPUR, David Baker wins the City's coveted Parking Hero honor this year. Click the image at right for details...

In Oakland, Solar and Affordable Housing Part of the Same Deal
This article by Erin Milnes from Sunpluggers.com focuses on the energy aspects of Ironhorse at Central Station, a very green family rental apartment project developed by the non-profit BRIDGE Housing Corporation.

Architecture Bike Tours: See the City
"A lot of architects are also urban cyclists," according to David Baker. "It's a better way to look at architecture than driving." Here are some architecture-oriented cycling opportunities in San Francisco in September.

For Healdsburg’s H2Hotel, the Roof Lives
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat looks forward to H2Hotel.

Reinvent Your Wheels
David Baker serves as a good example in this Sunset piece about transitioning to a car-free lifestyle.

Making San Francisco Eco-Friendly
The U.S. real estate market is about to collapse, but top-quality architecture has a future.

Making Less Space for Cars, More Space for People
And of course more space for bicycles. Momentum Magazine takes a closer look at David Baker's no-cars-equals-better-living philosophy.

Environments for Life
David Baker is inducted into Builder's Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence.

A Clean Commute
Three Bay Area companies are proving that sustainability is more than just a sales tactic—and DB+P is one of them.

Mission Statement
Dwell Magazine, June 2008

A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect. David Baker’s carefully crafted rehabilitation kept the bones of the building intact, while letting in light and air and creating a new relationship between the structure and the street.

Place: Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Architecture critic John King weighs in on housing heavyweights David Baker and Daniel Solomon.

Midcareer Choices: For the Greater Good
Amit Price Patel takes part in Architect's exploration of the field.  Architect Magazine.

South of Market: LEED-certified Folsom + Dore Apartments in San Francisco Combine Affordable Housing with Sustainable Features
Folsom + Dore Apartments applies green building practices to low-income rental housing in the heart of San Francisco.

A Community of Entrepreneurs
Holliday Development has multiple successes including the first multifamily LEED certified homes in California.

Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room
As farmland gets scarce people like DB+P are coming up with creative solutions.

Iconoclast of Design
Baker has become one of the Bay Area’s most influential architects by testing limits and changing rules.

Curbed Inside: 888 Seventh Street, Full Reveal
Friday, March 7, 2008, by Sarah Hromack

New Urban Mews
Urban infill townhouses in the San Francisco Bay Area achieve a density of 44 units per acre while preserving 27 percent of the property as open space.

Two "Infill" Designs that Catch the Eye
Infill that fits right in: Like 200 Second Street, new buildings should be shaped by thoughtful architecture and an attention to the sort of structural integrity that will endure as a place evolves.

Dwell Blog: Curran House
A look at the Gems of the City Bike tour that covered 11 out of the 25 buildings that AIA considers the city's finest. The tour also included a visit inside DB+P's own affordable housing project Curran House.

ArchiPorn: Hotel SOMA
Here is a look into our lofty goals for this unique project.

Urban Field Notes: Mosaics
David Baker investigates the visual richness that community-based mosaic projects bring to the city.

SPUR Member Profile: David Baker
Urban activist, bicyclist, architect and board member David Baker talks about living responsibly in his favorite city.

Meet David Baker, FAIA
The Noble Architect speaks with David Baker about his past, passions, and preferences.

Vitamin C
Design trends and emerging movements provide food for thought.

Dutch Crunch
From Amsterdam to Emeryville: The inspiration for Blue Star Corner.

Beyond Expectations
Folsom + Dore finds innovative solutions to the challenge of multifamily projects.

Dwell Labs
Resident(ial) expert: David Baker outlines strategies for converting an industrial space into a livable green place.

Good Design for Everyone
Besides creating humane spaces, high-quality design can attract funding and goodwill for affordable housing projects.

Today's Senior Housing Reflects Connectivity
As America's baby boomers swell the ranks of those 55 and older, housing for seniors is evolving to reflect new preferences for active living, lifelong learning, urban amenities, sustainability, and community.

Gems of the City: A List of S.F.'s Top 25
Curran House makes the list of the local AIA's top picks.

S.F. Joins the Green Trend
Blue Star Corner goes green with the LEED for Homes Pilot Program.

Model Home
At 200 Second Street, the big deal is the smallest deal of all: an "alcove one-bedroom" that's so cleverly designed first-time buyers are snapping them up.

Do-Good Digs
Move over, Spain…and make way for DB+P’s Folsom + Dore Supportive Apartments. The project ranked #10 on Metropolitan Home’s annual Design 100 list.

Infill Solutions
Curran House creates an oasis for family life in a district known for being inhospitable.

A Quilting Bee: A Collaborative Risk
In the arena of project development, creativity and daring are often the exception to the rule.

Causes Close to the Heart
David Baker's "obsessively creative" work ethic provides the true adventure in his life.

Pedal Pushers
San Francisco architect David Baker cycles to promote quality affordable design.

A SOMA Complex Proves that Affordable Housing Doesn't Have to be Ugly
The corner of 8th and Howard streets in San Francisco shows how bright the affordable-housing truth can be.

Entrepreneur Profile: David Baker
From bike riding to the big picture, a peek at David Baker's business strategies.

The New Suburbanism
When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

Builder's Choice
Northside Community Center takes 2004 Builder's Choice Project of the Year. Plus award winners Mabuhay Court, Magnolia Row, and Linden Court.

Walking the Walk
David Baker weaves social consciousness through his life and work.

It's the Ceiling Heights, for One Thing
Why can't new buildings be as nice as old buildings?

The Architect as Social Activist: A Profile of David Baker
More than most professionals, architects get involved in work that’s socially responsible.

Street Logic
Why Telegraph Avenue is the East Bay's most aesthetically successful commercial zone.

Learning the Language
By designing funky, often outrageous buildings and using local artisans to construct them, San Francisco architect David Baker has given fresh expression to the Bay Area spirit.

Support Your Local Artisan
David Baker enjoys working with craftspeople as much as he enjoys making sure that they get credit for their work.

2020 Visions
The house, the city, the suburb—designs for the year 2020.