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David Baker Architects turns our attention to social sustainability, imparting lessons bolstered by examples from their deep portfolio.
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David Baker Architects realizes a shared office in Birmingham that prioritizes togetherness.
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This framework, which we call “9 Ways to Make Housing for People,” is fundamental to our practice and ensures care is taken and expressed at every level.
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The U.S. is grappling with a housing crisis, climate change, and a legacy of racism and segregation. But we can address these problems all at once by centering community.
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What’s driving the sector’s sustainability and livability achievements, how do ambitious goals fit into tight budgets, and are there lessons for fostering more environmentally and socially responsible multifamily housing nationwide?
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David Baker Architects signed on to a proposal from the Biden administration that aims to develop a single definition for a zero-emissions building.
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Designers Brooke Calhoun and Carley Leckie were invited to join the Metropolis Arch30 cohort—San Francisco’s most promising emerging architects, affiliated with influential firms.
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Five ways to think differently about lowering greenhouse gas emissions in multifamily projects from DBA Principal Katie Ackerly.
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Tahanan Supportive Housing is one of the top facades that The Architect's Newspaper covered in 2023.
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Available from ORO Editions, our new book crystallizes DBA’s design framework for urban housing that uplifts residents and neighborhoods alike.
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Principals David Baker, Katie Ackerly, and Pedram Farashbandi will be showcasing the 9 Ways design framework on February 1 at the SPUR Urban Center. Join us! [Event has passed.]
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West coast firms Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects and David Baker Architects both have new monographs out with ORO Editions.
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Join David Baker, FAIA, and Caroline Souza, AIA, at CCA on November 9 for a presentation and discussion of DBA’s 9 Ways design framework. [Event has passed.]
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Human-centric design in housing and affordable prices can completely change the character of developments, areas and entire cities.
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The public is getting its first look at renderings for 750 new homes, half of them affordable, at the BART station’s parking lot.
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In the Metropolis podcast “Deep Green,” hosted by Editor in Chief Avi Rajagopal, Katie Ackerly engages in a conversation with Deputy Editor Kelly Beamon regarding sustainability and affordable housing.
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We’re leading an author showcase and a bike tour this September at Architecture + The City Festival—register and join us! [Event has passed.]
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This San Francisco island is slated to have more than 400 housing units open in the next 18 months.
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Design pros from across the country, including DBA Principal Pedram Farashbandi, say they value close collaboration with their construction colleagues.
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Placing compatible uses together can add convenience, support social encounters, and build lasting bonds. Just look at East Oakland’s Tassafaronga Village.
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The David Baker Architects Principal discussed the ins and outs of specifying healthy interiors that are also sustainable and affordable.
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The American Institute of Architects drew 12,000 architects to San Francisco and an underlying theme was exploring the chasm between the types of housing that an ever-more varied society needs, and what actually is provided.
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DBA Principal Daniel Simons, FAIA is a panelist at the AIA East Bay Lecture Series on Affordable Housing on July 13. [Event has passed.]
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We’re leading and joining a range of events—panels, tours, an open studio, and more—at the national AIA Conference in San Francisco this summer. Register for A’23 and be sure to find us! [Event has passed.]
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Katie Ackerly, AIA, and Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, will be discussing DBA’s 9 Ways design framework at the AIA San Mateo County's Chapter Meeting on May 24. [Event has passed.]
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DBA Principal Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, will be a panelist on the discussion—Good Buildings That Do Good: High Design in Affordable Housing at Zak World of Façades on May 25. [Event has passed.]

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Modular construction and a tight budget didn’t prevent San Francisco architects from giving this affordable housing project an exuberant look, inside and out.
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Ezra Klein dives into the challenges that affordable housing development faces.
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Brady Block, the San Francisco Business Times Best Residential Deal of 2022.
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David Baker, FAIA, will deliver the afternoon keynote at the 1.5°C Symposium on Climate Change on April 3. [Event has passed.]
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DBA's Inclusive Design Lead Anne Riggs, AIA, CASp, is co-hosting the Disability-Forward Housers and Designers Networking Breakfast on March 29 in San Diego. [Event has passed.]
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David Baker Architects’ Principal Brett Randall Jones, AIA, draws on his affordable housing expertise to pursue a new approach to hotel design that engages communities.
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SN&R summarizes Principals David Baker, FAIA, and Caroline Souza's, AIA, discussion at the desigNarrative Speaker Series in West Sacramento.
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DBA implemented a modular construction method and fast-tracked financing to deliver its Tahanan Supportive Housing complex.
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Four DBA projects are highlighted as must-see sites in Birmingham!
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David Baker, FAIA shares his expertise of design and fabrication, proving that professional prowess and social consciousness for housing families and the unhoused, are not mutually exclusive.
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Join David Baker, FAIA, and Caroline Souza, AIA, in West Sacramento on February 23, for a presentation and discussion of DBA’s 9 Ways design framework. [Event has passed.]
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Join Daniel Simons, FAIA, and Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, at AIA Monterey Bay on March 16 to discuss DBA’s 9 Ways design framework. [Event has passed.]
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Chelsea Johnson, AIA and Jonas Weber, AIA of DBA describe their experience with modular housing—highlighting innovations and hurdles along the way.
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Amanda Loper, Daniel Simons, and David Baker discuss the principles within our new book, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People.
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Three books that signal the housing trends of today — and new paradigms for the future.
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An in-depth look at one of our key strategies for building community-centered housing.
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A look at Tahanan Supportive Housing as a prototype for homeless housing.
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A supportive-housing project by David Baker Architects in SF takes on homelessness with clever financing and inventive construction.
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We’re pleased to introduce and celebrate our newest Associate class. [Event has passed.]
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Tahanan is a model of speeding housing production through modular construction and innovative financing. [Event has passed.]
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Hop on your bicycles, scooters, or BayWheels to tour three recent mixed-use developments with David Baker Architects. [Event has passed.]
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DBA Principal Amanda Loper, AIA, LEED AP, joins the newest episode of “Practice Disrupted” to talk about the benefits and challenges of expanding a practice in a new location.
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DBA Principal Amanda Loper, AIA, LEED AP, has been recognized for for her exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the architecture profession early in her career.
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The Passive House Accelerator breaks down Harvey West Studios and the sustainability initiatives of the modular housing project in Santa Cruz.
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Advice from some 2021 AIA National Young Architects—including Principal Amanda Loper, AIA, LEED AP.
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This Green Science Policy Institute report delineates where PFAS are used and the critical task of finding safer alternatives.
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Featured in Iron City Ink: Community members hope big projects and new initiatives bring some glory back to the historic Birmingham neighborhood.
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Daniel Simons and Jonas Weber talk through the logistics of bringing modular housing to San Francisco’s unhoused residents.
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A new Potrero Hill market-rate development of note.
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Tech + Practice: February 2020
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Tassafaronga Village, a mixed-income development in Oakland, Calif., and the Richardson Apartments for the formerly homeless in San Francisco have created ripples of change in their communities.