David Baker Architects

About Us


“No local firm has a better track record than David Baker Architects at mending the civic fabric.” 

—John King, Urban Design Writer, San Francisco Chronicle 





DBA Project Map

David Baker Architects is a progressive architecture firm located in San Francisco and Oakland that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments. Formed by David Baker in 1982, DBA is known for exceptional housing, creative site strategies, designing for density, and integrating new construction into the public realm. 

DBA has a passion for and deep understanding of the power of humane and respectful environments  to transform neighborhoods and elevate the lives of individuals and families. We design thoughtful places that allow communities to thrive and that serve as a multiplier of good—that is, that enable or support further engagement, connection, or community benefit. 



David Baker FAIA, Amanda Loper AIA, and Daniel Simons. Image: Anne Hamersky


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DBA Leadership Team

DBA Principals David Baker, Daniel Simons, and Amanda Loper lead the firm with the support of 14 talented Associates and a highly engaged and collaborative creative staff. 

DBA_Inside designer Akima Brackeen and Interiors Lead Julie de Jesus. Image: Anne Hamersky


Our interiors studio focuses on the shaping and refinement of the interior spaces of our buildings. DBA_Inside offers comprehensive interiors services including space planning, materials selection, furniture specification, furniture design and construction, art curation, and more. DBA_Inside creates distinctive and welcoming residential, communal, retail, and hospitality spaces. 

To contact DBA_Inside, please write to interiors@dbarchitect.com.

peepSHOW is DBA_Lab's interactive installation in the public realm on bustling Market Street in San Francisco. Image: Michael Alan Ross


DBA_Lab is our flexible research and experimentation studio. This group is interested in temporary and tactical explorations of the public realm. DBA_Lab undertakes small-scal and pro bono projects that enage urban space and user imagination. 

DBA_Workshop lead Barrett Karber at a custom table designed and built for Foundry Commons in San Jose. Image: Michelle Park Photography


Barrett Karber leads our Oakland-based prototyping and fabrication shop. DBA_Workshop provides support for the firm’s architectural design projects, including developing original custom furniture and casework ideas in house. 

David Baker Architects


461 Second Street, Loft c127
San Francisco, CA 94107

(by appointment only)
2088 Castro Street
Oakland, CA 94612

4000 Third Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222

See more of our creative team at our People page.