We are skilled in navigating the personal, political, and commercial dynamics of bringing new architecture into diverse urban environments. Our work combines social concern with a signature design character, resulting in distinctive, high-quality buildings that foster a strong sense of community.


The Happiest Hour: New Associates!
Come to the New Associates Happiest Hour at our office on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30pm.

DBA is proud and pleased to announce four new Associates of the firm. Join us to celebrate them!

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EQR Potrero
Bringing nearly 470 homes and a range of shops and services to the base of Potrero Hill, the design transforms an existing street into a public park, adding nearly an acre of open space to the neighborhood.

Construction has begun.

350 Friedell Family Apartments
Sustainable, affordable housing for the people of Hunters Point.

Block 49 will be the first 100% affordable housing development in this new San Francisco neighborhood.

300 Ivy Street
This mixed-use design brings brings new apartments, townhouses, and shops within steps of Hayes Valley's main drag.

New apartments and townhouses topped with city views from an expansive rooftop deck, just off the main drag of Hayes Valley.

Lakeside Senior Housing
Green senior housing on Lake Merritt in Oakland.

Now under construction.

Bayview Hill Gardens
This green, affordable building brings supportive housing and garden space for formerly homeless individuals and families in the Bayview.

Formerly homeless families are now in residence.

This green affordable building will serve as a catalyst development for the West Sacramento Triangle District.

Now under construction.

Richardson Apartments
Green, supportive studio apartments, medical clinic, and neighborhood-serving retail in Hayes Valley.

120 green supportive studios for 120 formerly homeless folks—now in residence!


What They Say

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

What We Say

Come to the New Associates Happiest Hour at our office on Thursday, April 17, at 5:30pm.


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