David Baker Architects



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

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.

The 30A Cognitive Dissonance Blues Amanda Loper reflects on the "perfection" of planned communities.

Art for All! Brit Epperson and Amit C. Price Patel discuss strategies and significance of including art in every building.

The Medellin Model From the World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia, Amit C. Price Patel reports on the city's bold urban innovations.

This Is Where ... Urban Field Notes: Amanda Loper explores some of the urban moments that make the city so vibrant.

Focus on the First 20 Feet Amanda Loper and David Baker, featured in SPUR's June Urbanist.

Densifying Design Amanda Loper proposes densifying design strategies as one piece of the urban housing solution.

ResilientSF Local Cache Local Cache is a branding system designed to insert the myriad disaster resources already available in San Francisco neighborhoods into the awareness of residents through repeat and extensive passive exposure.

DBA Workshop We're fabricating!

2012 Looking Back

2012 Looking Back: DBA was most fortunate to have a good year, full of great clients, collaborations, challenges, and accomplishments!

Support DB's Climate Ride California DB's 320 mile Climate Ride bid still open for donations! Bump him up to the #1 fundraiser with your contribution today!

Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm Project Acta Non Verba Farm brings fresh food and breathes fresh life into the Tassafaronga community.

"Anecdatal" Evidence The health value of supportive affordable housing as evidenced by anecdote.

Kevin Wilcock Joins COD Advisory Group Principal Kevin Wilcock AIA LEED AP embarks on a three-year term as AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group Secretary.

Obsolete Californias @StoreFrontLab: purveyors of an Obsolete California opening 2013.01.09.

Cards We've refreshed our postcards with 8 new cards and a custom micro-manufactured case.

Affordable Housing Day Bike Tour The Affordable Housing Day Bike Tour took place on October 6. Click the map to follow the route on your own.

Strictly Vinyl @StoreFrontLab: Strictly Vinyl, Saturday September 22, 1:00-8:00 pm

Post Car Travel Agency

@StoreFrontLab: next-gen travel agency that helps you get to where you're biking without a car.

Deep Craft Atelier @StoreFrontLab: Artist-made skateboards, clothing, ties, putters, sandcastle molds, iPhone gramophones, and food.

Occupy Design Occupy Design's Phantom Gallery appears at StoreFrontLab on June 28

Great Second Street Second Street is about to get bike lanes and fresh pavement. Let's do it right with European-style Cycle Tracks!

FAIRFAX FORAY: A Free-Wheeling Bicycle Adventure with the SFBC Join us for the second annual SFBC ride to Fairfax on Saturday, June 9, 2012! We'll meet at the S.F. Ferry Building Plaza and roll north across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Marin's annual Fairfax Festival.

Celebrate Sunday Streets

Join us Friday, March 9! Come help DBA put some spring in the step of Sunday Streets, San Francisco's official block party!

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.

YBike? YBike! Join us Friday, October 15, 2010, at our SOMA offices to celebrate and raise money for YBike. Let's get the City's kids on bikes!

Modern Architecture Hill Climb: September 18, 2010 You've got to climb some hills to get to the city's top modern residences.

AIA SF LIVING HOME TOURS: THIS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 DBA's two Armstrong developments are in good modern-architecture company on September 11's Home Tours. Clear your weekend for visits, and read on for more information.

art streets life 2010 David Baker invites you to his Mission home to celebrate San Francisco's burgeoning street revolution. Beer and music, fun and food carts! Auctions: Photographic prints by noted architectural photographers! A beautiful PUBLIC bike! Come join us Thursday, August 26!

SPUR Walking Tour: Tassafaronga Village May 21st, 2010

2010: Interactive New Year's Wishes Our snail-mail custom labor-intensive coloring book for 2010!

Quilting (D)B David Baker is one of many creative contributors to the San Francisco Bike Coalition's 2009 Bike Quilt.

GreenPoint Showcase Tour This Sunday: Ironhorse Family Apartments and Pacific Cannery Lofts Visit Ironhorse Family Apartments and Pacific Cannery Lofts this Sunday, October 4, 2009, as part of Build It Green and KTVU's GreenPoint Showcase Tour.

Transit-Oriented Developments David Baker discusses the merits of and strategies for creating Transit-Oriented Developments.

XERO Project in the Polls Our award-winning design for a zero-energy block in Dallas is in the running in a people's-choice straw poll—get the vote out for XERO Project and help bring a little DBA to TX.

Victory Gardens Party The crowds came out on Friday, April 24, to celebrate and support city agriculture and growing-knowing at our benefit bash for Victory Gardens.

Tiny Shelters Charrette In April 2009 David Baker was invited as the Bruce Goff Chair of Creative Architecture to spend a week at the University of Oklahoma Architecture School lecturing and teaching a short charrette ("workshop" in architect lingo!).

Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award David Baker was recently dubbed one of the 30 most influential and innovative people in the housing industry of the past 30 years.

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.

Residential Architect Honors Paseo Senter Paseo Senter gets national notice with a 2009 RADA Merit Award.

Gems of the City Bicycle Tour Follow hot on the (w)heels of David Baker's Gems of the City bike tour featuring some of San Francisco's most architecturally significant buildings.

2008 PARK(ing) Day Think globally, PARK locally. Check out photos of PARK(ing) Day 2008.

Emilie Baker Remembering Emilie Baker.

Slow Food Nation DBA and CCS Architects banded together with Slow Food Nation and local vendors and farmers to bring "slow fast food" to Civic Center Plaza.

Velo Vogue Profile: David Baker Does the bike (or the bell) make the man? Velo Vogue assesses David Baker.

Create Happy Outcomes Wishes for a peaceful and prosperous 2008 from David Baker Architects!

Travels with db... In search of architecture, urban design, and transportation infrastructure!

Silver Celebration Folsom + Dore was the first residential building in Northern California to be LEED certified—April 19, 2007.

Livable City Festivities Our annual event raised $9,000 for Livable City.

Finishing Touches Doors are open at our 200 Second Street Condominiums in Oakland, and the building's two lofty lobbies have been adorned with murals by local artists Casey Jex Smith and Andrew Schoultz.

China (Work)shop David Baker and other Cal faculty lead the China Studio team to Jiaxing and back.

Critical Visit David Baker was invited to be the 2006 John Portman Visiting Critic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture this past autumn.

Unbundle New Urban Parking + Housing Lower parking requirements allow for more units of affordable housing, less urban traffic congestion, and increased urban vitality.

DBA 2005 Urban Housing Bike Tour: San Francisco David Baker leads a San Francisco urban bike tour of our projects in the spring of 2005.

DBA 2003 Urban Housing Bike Tour: San Jose Way back in the summer of 2003, David Baker led a bike tour of our San Jose urban housing designs.

Architectural Design Strategies Lavishing creativity and consideration on the design of the human environment results in a link with future inhabitants.

Design of Community Design implementation requires community involvement, contextual design, and a lot of communication.

Office Views A snapshot of life at DBA.