David Baker Architects



9 Ways to Make Housing for People [Book] Available from ORO Editions in Fall 2022, DBA's framework for urban housing design to uplift residents and neighborhoods alike.

Climate Action 2022: Harvey West Studios The Passive House Accelerator breaks down Harvey West Studios and the sustainability initiatives of the modular housing project in Santa Cruz.

Connection: Mentorship, Citizen Architects & 2021 Awards Advice from some 2021 AIA National Young Architects—including Principal Amanda Loper, AIA, LEED AP.

PDF IconBuilding a Better World: Eliminating Unnecessary PFAS in Building Materials This Green Science Policy Institute report delineates where PFAS are used and the critical task of finding safer alternatives.

Revitalizing Ensley Featured in Iron City Ink: Community members hope big projects and new initiatives bring some glory back to the historic Birmingham neighborhood.

Innovative Financing and Construction Methods Speed Affordable Home Delivery at Tahanan Supportive Housing Daniel Simons and Jonas Weber talk through the logistics of bringing modular housing to San Francisco's unhoused residents in UrbanLand.

Build Back Better Recommendations for the Built Environment Architecture, Engineering and Construction Leaders Call on Biden to Take Action on Green Building

Amanda Loper Wins 2021 AIA Young Architect Award 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.

Modular Construction and Sustainability's Triple Bottom Line Case Study: The Union Flats Housing Development in Dodge Date & Analytics' 2020 SmartMarket Report

Mason on Mariposa The new Potrero Hill market-rate development was featured in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of ARCHITECT Magazine.

San Francisco’s Tahanan Supportive Housing Project Leverages Wide Range of Expertise to Complete Development in Record Time In The Registry, DBA's Daniel Simons and Jonas Weber discuss the contextual design and expedited funding of modular construction in SF's SOMA District.

Affordable Housing in COVID Times: A Q&A with San Francisco Architect David Baker The pandemic’s financial impact could be devastating, but for Baker, it’s the right time to tackle the city’s housing shortage.

Beautiful but Affordable: David Baker Architects on Creating Dignified Affordable Housing The Registry—Bay Area Real Estate

Affordable Family Housing Takes Root in San Francisco’s Tenderloin In UrbanLand, DBA Principals Daniel Simons and Amanda Loper detail the winding path of 222 Taylor Affordable Family Housing.

DBA Wins 2020 AIA California Firm Award This year’s recipient is San Francisco firm David Baker Architects, chosen based the quality of their work and the impact-driven design philosophy they embody.

A Textural Patchwork—and Grove of Redwoods—Takes Up Residence in San Francisco 855 Brannan, a mixed-use complex by David Baker Architects, generously makes the most of outdoor living for tenants and the public alike.

ARCHITECT MAGAZINE: 222 Taylor ARCHITECT Magazine: Tech + Practice February 2020

In the SF Bay Area, David Baker Architects Bucks the Trend of Dull Modular Housing Metropolis Magazine, November/December 2019

ARCHITECT 50 DBA makes ARCHITECT's 2019 list of the top 50 firms nationwide.

Creating Connections to the Community and to Each Other Sustainability Lead Katie Ackerly's "High Performing Building" case study of Lakeside Senior Apartments, an AIA COTE Top 10 mid-rise for low-income seniors in Oakland.

David Baker Architects on Growing a Team-Based, Family-Friendly Practice Archinect Studio Snapshot

The Modern Architect: David Baker FAIA Tune in (or just click) to KZSU Stanford for this wide-ranging hour of conversation with David Baker that touches on Cal, Corbusier, collaboration, raw carrots, the mobility revolution, S.F. Mayor London Breed, and more.

Toward Zero Parking: Challenging Conventional Wisdom for Multifamily Developments David Baker and Brad Leibin address ten common concerns about shrinking parking requirements for UrbanLand magazine.

Residential: Five88, David Baker Architects Featured in ARCHITECT Magazine.

In Good Company: Piazza Hospitality and David Baker Architects Not all designer-client relationships are fruitful, but those that are can turn into lifelong collaborations and even friendships.

From Brownfields to a New Transit-Oriented Downtown URBANLAND SOLUTION FILE Public/private partnerships build a mixed-use, urban-scaled community in Union City, California.

Potrero 1010 Combines Mixed-Income With Neighborhood-Serving Space in San Francisco David Baker Architects designs a new infill concept for a public–private partnership.

Changing Construction Scene David Baker sees modular as increasingly important.

A Beautiful (Work)Place Residential design elements are increasingly finding purpose in office environments.

Sustainable Design Literacy: A Foundation for Transformed Practice "The BuildingGreen Report: The Leading Source for Environmentally Responsible Design & Construction," July 2017

The Human Touch

For 35 years, architect David Baker has been a spirited voice for affordable housing, in San Francisco and beyond.

Curry Stone Design Prize: Social Design Circle Honoree DBA joins 100 leading social design practices making a difference.

A Walk Through San Francisco with Architect David Baker A renowned affordable-housing architect explains how San Francisco can do it right.

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

Strategies for Dealing with S.F.'s Housing Crunch The San Francisco Chronicle looks at David Baker's "712-Square-Foot Experiment" and other offbeat housing approaches.

AWARD: Visionary & Innovative Leader in Design NPH honored David Baker Architects for 35 years of design leadership in affordable housing.

Energy Equilibrium Metropolis Magazine looks at Zero Cottage's accumulation of details that add up to net zero.

Navigating the Hills of Affordable Housing BUILD BLOG interviewed David Baker in Seattle.

Starchitect for the Common Man Thirty years into his iconoclastic career, David Baker is still re-imagining the city residence.

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Sheltering the World: New Models for Social Housing Sacramento's La Valentina Station featured in March 2013 Architectural Record cover story "Sheltering the World: New Models for Social Housing."

Design as Balm for a Community's Soul

Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times on Richardson & Tassafaronga.

Design for Aging Review 11 A comprehensive review of architectural trends in aged-care facilities featuring 30 outstanding designs hand-picked by a jury of members from the AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community and LeadingAge.

WOOF: Wide Smiles and Wagging Tails WOOF graduation at Richardson Apartments! WOOF pairs shelter dogs with caretakers in supportive housing.

Design Like You Give a Damn [2]: Building Change from the Ground Up

Architecture for Humanity's new book features case studies from around the world--including Tassafaronga Village--that demonstrate how innovative design is reimagining community and uplifting lives.

AIACC 2012 Distinguished Practice Award David Baker, FAIA, was selected as the AIA California Council's 2012 Distinguished Practice.

Strengthening Connections In “Strengthening Connections”, David Baker, of David Baker Architects, reveals how the local housing authority transformed and funded an aging, blighted Oakland public housing site into a development of diverse housing types and community amenities.

Pent-Up (AFFORDABLE) Housing Demand David Baker's May 2011 Registry article about the affordable housing crisis: the imbalance between high demand and limited resources to build more.

Housing Restart In Oakland, California, the brownfield site of severely distressed housing is sustainably reborn. GreenSource January 2011.

Innovative Designs Recognized by Architects, HUD Paseo Senter wins points for innovation with HUD and the Journal of Tax Credits.

David Baker Architects Serve Society, Environment Good design matters: Chronicle writer John King draws favorable comparisons between two diverse DBA projects.

Decade in Review: Top 10 in S.F. Architecture Top of the Aughts: Chronicle urban design writer John King pegs SOMA Studios as one of S.F.'s recent bests.

In Oakland, Solar and Affordable Housing Part of the Same Deal This article by Erin Milnes from Sunpluggers.com focuses on the energy aspects of Ironhorse at Central Station, a very green family rental apartment project developed by the non-profit BRIDGE Housing Corporation.

Architecture Bike Tours: See the City "A lot of architects are also urban cyclists," according to David Baker. "It's a better way to look at architecture than driving." Here are some architecture-oriented cycling opportunities in San Francisco in September.

For Healdsburg’s H2Hotel, the Roof Lives The Santa Rosa Press Democrat looks forward to H2Hotel.

Reinvent Your Wheels David Baker serves as a good example in this Sunset piece about transitioning to a car-free lifestyle.

Hall of Famer The Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence has inducted 15 top builders and architects since opening its doors, including David Baker FAIA in 2008.

Making San Francisco Eco-Friendly The U.S. real estate market is about to collapse, but top-quality architecture has a future.

Making Less Space for Cars, More Space for People And of course more space for bicycles. Momentum Magazine takes a closer look at David Baker's no-cars-equals-better-living philosophy.

Environments for Life David Baker is inducted into Builder's Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence.

A Clean Commute Three Bay Area companies are proving that sustainability is more than just a sales tactic—and DB+P is one of them.

Mission Statement

Dwell Magazine A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by modernist architect David Baker. 

Place: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 Architecture critic John King weighs in on housing heavyweights David Baker and Daniel Solomon.

South of Market: LEED-certified Folsom + Dore Apartments in San Francisco Combine Affordable Housing with Sustainable Features Folsom + Dore Apartments applies green building practices to low-income rental housing in the heart of San Francisco.

A Community of Entrepreneurs Holliday Development has multiple successes including the first multifamily LEED certified homes in California.

Cows Grazing in the Rumpus Room As farmland gets scarce people like DB+P are coming up with creative solutions.

Iconoclast of Design Baker has become one of the Bay Area’s most influential architects by testing limits and changing rules.

Curbed Inside: 888 Seventh Street, Full Reveal Friday, March 7, 2008, by Sarah Hromack

New Urban Mews Urban infill townhouses in the San Francisco Bay Area achieve a density of 44 units per acre while preserving 27 percent of the property as open space.

Two "Infill" Designs that Catch the Eye Infill that fits right in: Like 200 Second Street, new buildings should be shaped by thoughtful architecture and an attention to the sort of structural integrity that will endure as a place evolves.

Dwell Blog: Curran House A look at the Gems of the City Bike tour that covered 11 out of the 25 buildings that AIA considers the city's finest. The tour also included a visit inside DB+P's own affordable housing project Curran House.

ArchiPorn: Hotel SOMA Here is a look into our lofty goals for this unique project.

Urban Field Notes: Mosaics David Baker investigates the visual richness that community-based mosaic projects bring to the city.

SPUR Member Profile: David Baker Urban activist, bicyclist, architect and board member David Baker talks about living responsibly in his favorite city.

Meet David Baker, FAIA The Noble Architect speaks with David Baker about his past, passions, and preferences.

Vitamin C Design trends and emerging movements provide food for thought.

Dutch Crunch From Amsterdam to Emeryville: The inspiration for Blue Star Corner.

Beyond Expectations Folsom + Dore finds innovative solutions to the challenge of multifamily projects.

Dwell Labs Resident(ial) expert: David Baker outlines strategies for converting an industrial space into a livable green place.

Today's Senior Housing Reflects Connectivity As America's baby boomers swell the ranks of those 55 and older, housing for seniors is evolving to reflect new preferences for active living, lifelong learning, urban amenities, sustainability, and community.

Gems of the City: A List of S.F.'s Top 25 Curran House makes the list of the local AIA's top picks.

S.F. Joins the Green Trend Blue Star Corner goes green with the LEED for Homes Pilot Program.

Model Home At 200 Second Street, the big deal is the smallest deal of all: an "alcove one-bedroom" that's so cleverly designed first-time buyers are snapping them up.

Do-Good Digs Move over, Spain…and make way for DB+P’s Folsom + Dore Supportive Apartments. The project ranked #10 on Metropolitan Home’s annual Design 100 list.

Infill Solutions Curran House creates an oasis for family life in a district known for being inhospitable.

A Quilting Bee: A Collaborative Risk In the arena of project development, creativity and daring are often the exception to the rule.

Causes Close to the Heart David Baker's "obsessively creative" work ethic provides the true adventure in his life.

Pedal Pushers San Francisco architect David Baker cycles to promote quality affordable design.

A SOMA Complex Proves that Affordable Housing Doesn't Have to be Ugly The corner of 8th and Howard streets in San Francisco shows how bright the affordable-housing truth can be.

Entrepreneur Profile: David Baker From bike riding to the big picture, a peek at David Baker's business strategies.

The New Suburbanism When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

Builder's Choice Northside Community Center takes 2004 Builder's Choice Project of the Year. Plus award winners Mabuhay Court, Magnolia Row, and Linden Court.

Walking the Walk David Baker weaves social consciousness through his life and work.

It's the Ceiling Heights, for One Thing Why can't new buildings be as nice as old buildings?

The Architect as Social Activist: A Profile of David Baker More than most professionals, architects get involved in work that’s socially responsible.

Street Logic Why Telegraph Avenue is the East Bay's most aesthetically successful commercial zone.

Learning the Language By designing funky, often outrageous buildings and using local artisans to construct them, San Francisco architect David Baker has given fresh expression to the Bay Area spirit.

Support Your Local Artisan David Baker enjoys working with craftspeople as much as he enjoys making sure that they get credit for their work.

2020 Visions The house, the city, the suburb—designs for the year 2020.