The 2020 California Firm Award is the highest recognition one can get from the American Institute of Architects, California (AIA CA).

This year a San Francisco architecture firm is the recipient of this honour. David Baker Architects (DBA) is the recipient for their solution-oriented work for some of society’s most contemporary issues.

Prior to DBA, the recipients of this award include HOK in 2019 and Johnson Fain 2018. The criteria for this award is architectural firms that are 10 years or older and have done commendable work to better the environment.

About David Baker Architects (DBA)

The firm came to life in the year 1982 by David Baker. Baker is native to Michigan and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a master’s degree in architecture.

The firm is passionate towards housing projects that are sustainable and affordable. They function with values such as inclusion, equity, and sustainability in mind.

Most of this architectural firm’s works towards fostering their community through walkable urban streetscapes, boosting density, and champion vibrancy.

DBA’s portfolio

David Baker Architects hold a vibrant and diverse portfolio. Their projects include adaptive reuse loft projects, green live-work spaces, micro-unit condo buildings and modular apartment complexes. Their projects also consist of community master plans, private residences, and retail spaces.

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Harmon Guest House, a sustainable 39-room boutique hotel designed by David Baker Architects in Healdsburg, California. (Photo Courtesy: Bruce Damonte)
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Five88, a building dedicated to affordable and urban workforce housing in San Francisco. (Photo Courtesy: Mariko Reed)
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Williams Terrace in Charleston, South Carolina, one of several DBA projects that provide permanent housing to low-income and formerly homeless seniors. (Photo Courtesy: Kris Decker/Firewater Photography)
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222 Taylor, a 113-unit affordable family housing complex designed by DBA in San Francisco. (Photo Courtesy: Bruce Damonte)

The portfolio has a small number of luxury boutique hotel properties, such as the Harmon Guest House in Sonoma County, which is LEED Gold-certified.

Some of their most laudable work includes the 222 Taylor, an apartment house in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district; the Lakeside Senior Apartments, a wellness-centred facility;  and the Potrero 1010, a two-building residential infill project.

The Five88 is a housing complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighbourhood. It is one of the largest buildings of its type completed in over a decade.

Source: DBA

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