Two of our team members, Sheldon Eaton and Alyssa Miller, recently heard Bjarke Ingles speak at a City Arts & Lectures event. Founder of BIG, Bjarke is known for combining the practical with the fantastical.

Our clients, internationally-renowned art collectors and philanthropists, asked us to relocate and transform an empty barn that sat adjacent to their Napa Valley vacation home. They were drawn to the structure’s form and history, but wanted to use it as an entertaining space and gym. The client’s vast art collection… Read more

Recently, our very own Michelle Liu was a guest speaker in the professional practice class at The Academy of Art University. This class was taught by Paul Adamson, Michelle’s colleague at her former firm, Hornberger + Worstell, Inc. For her presentation, Michelle discussed a book that she crafted during her IDP… Read more

This summer, WDA’s Michelle Liu joined a group of architects and designers on a week-long trip to Spain. The tour was hosted by Porcelanosa, a family-owned Spanish company that, in the forty years since its founding in 1973, has grown into an international brand that designs, manufactures, and distributes 8… Read more

Ove Arup: The Philosopher Engineer, directed by the talented Taghi Amirani, is a new documentary exploring the life of legendary 20th century structural engineer Ove Arup. WDA’s Michelle Liu recently attended a screening of this film at the Autodesk showroom in San Francisco. After the viewing, Amirani discussed the making… Read more

The Architecture and The City festival, presented by AIA San Francisco and Center for Architecture + Design, offers engaging and informative events about architecture and design topics throughout September. WDA’s Tandice Jali recently attended a festival event, “The Designer and the Chef,” at Heath Ceramics’ San Francisco Showroom. A panel… Read more

Tonight we are proud to announce Eric Corey Freed, the third speaker in the William Duff Architects Guest Speakers Series 2015 in the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. Our Principal and Founder, William Duff, received his Masters of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University, and… Read more

Tonight we are proud to announce Ginger Evans, the second speaker in the William Duff Architects Guest Speakers Series 2015 in the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. Our Principal and Founder, William Duff, received his Masters of Science in Construction Management from Colorado State University, and proudly… Read more

Our Residential Practice team recently attended a panel discussion at the Shading by Via showroom. The panel’s title, “The Designer, The Architect, The Contractor, The Shading Expert & The Integrator,” initially sounded like a lead-in to an off-color industry joke. But we were happy to find experts from Kendall Wilkinson… Read more

Discussions of “sustainability” in architecture and construction often focus on materials and energy use. These performance measures relate to the environmental costs of constructing and maintaining a building. Unfortunately, the performance of the structural system, the skeleton of a building, is often not considered as a critical item in the… Read more

August means soaking up the sun, lounging beneath shady trees, joining family and friends for backyard parties, or splashing in the pool before the days grow shorter and cooler. It’s a great month to reflect on the indoor/outdoor lifestyle, cultivated in California, that’s become increasingly popular throughout the country. One… Read more

Cabin Fever, a competition hosted by Barker O’Donoghue Master Builders, provides architects the freedom to design with minimal limitations. Dual classes of the competition challenged participating teams to tackle two types of structures: the off-the-grid cabin, called the “DNA Cabin,” and the emergency shelter, dubbed “The Transitional Housing Module.” Teams… Read more