David Baker Architects

AIACC 2012 Distinguished Practice Award

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The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announces David Baker, FAIA, as the 2012 AIACC Distinguished Practice Award recipient. This annual award recognizes significant contributions and accomplishments toward a specific building type or practice area, as well as an individual architect's work, and their responses to challenges, and innovations within the design and construction process, creating design excellence, through a collaborative spirit. This award recognizes a career of dedicated commitment to the built environment.

Established in 1982, David Baker Architects (DBA) is best known for the design of environmentally and socially sustainable affordable housing that fosters a lively sense of community. David Baker, FAIA, has pioneered tactics that have significantly changed the way planners, developers, tenants, and neighbors approach such projects. Baker and his firm's primary tactic is thinking not "outside the box," but outside the building: conceiving the project as part of the holistic fabric of the block, neighborhood, or city.

Baker's firm has received more than 150 national and local design awards, including most recently two national Housing Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), for Tassafaronga Village in Oakland, California, and Armstrong Place Senior + Family Housing in San Francisco; an AIA/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing Design for Paseo Senter in San Jose; and an Award of Excellence from the Home Depot Foundation for Folsom + Dore Supportive Apartments in San Francisco, recognizing "Affordable Housing Built Responsibly."

Baker's work is characterized by the integration of simple, dependable, energy conserving practices, with provision for future enhancement as technologies continue to develop, while embracing emerging, sustainable materials and systems, crafting colorful, multi-use urban communities, which bring vitality to their surroundings.

David Baker travels widely, giving lectures on green, high-density housing and leading awards juries, design charrettes, and workshops regarding creative solutions to the increasingly dire problem of the world's carbon footprint. The firm has been an early, and continuing participant in the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Programs, and supports its creative staff in acquiring LEED Accredited Professional education, to create an ongoing legacy of humane and sustainable practice among architects, and designers of the future.

 The AIACC congratulates David Baker on his impressive accomplishment.

The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the national AIA organization. For more information, visit www.aiacc.org.