Founder, David Baker Architects
David Baker, FAIA, is the founding principal of David Baker Architects, a progressive firm based in San Francisco, Oakland, and Birmingham, Alabama, that creates acclaimed buildings in urban environments. DBA is known for exceptional housing, creative site strategies, designing for density, and integrating new construction into the public realm. A Fellow of the AIA since 1996, David has more recently been honored as a 2018 HIVE 50 Design Innovator and as the AIA California Council’s 2012 Distinguished Practice. In 2010 David received the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award, honoring the housing industry’s 30 most influential people of the past 30 years. His recent projects include Harmon Guest House, a chic LEED Gold boutique hotel in Healdsburg, California; Williams Terrace, the first affordable senior housing in downtown Charleston, S.C., and the Union Flats, one of the largest completed modular residential buildings in Northern California. David is also the Chief Design Officer of Factory OS, the new modular factory in Northern California that is streamlining prefabricated construction. DBA’s Union project—a community-focused mixed-use building including 110 new homes in West Oakland—is currently on the line on the Factory OS floor.