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.


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.

These thoughtful strategies can uplift affordable and market-rate housing design.

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

The "Q" is for Quirky.

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

DBA is growing. Bring us your multifamily passion and expertise!

EQR Potrero
Bringing 453 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.

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.

Bayview Hill Gardens

With a community garden at its heart, Bayview Hill Gardens provides 73 stable new homes for at-risk families and youth.

Affordable, supportive housing for formerly homeless families—the first of its kind in the Bayview.

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

120 green supportive studios for 120 formerly homeless folks


What They Say

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

What We Say

Exploring the rich edge between the building and the sidewalk.


Video: Architect David Baker talks about Zero Cottage, the net zero energy home he designed,…

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”


Oscar Wilde