We’ve relaunched our website! Take it for a spin, get click happy, enjoy. Updated from top to bottom, our new site is designed to improve user experience, showcase our expertise, and be more mobile-friendly. Many thanks to Catherine at Straightforward for her creative, insightful guidance, the Mangrove group for their wizardry in WordPress, and… Read more

Happy New Year! To celebrate the New Year, we asked the WDA team to share some of their strength-based goals for 2017. These goals are designed to reflect on skills our team members already possess and are working to further develop. We hope you’ll enjoy this insight on what drives… Read more

Canstruction is a national charity that brings together the Architecture/Engineering/Construction community in the spirit of competition and giving back. This year we partnered with Jeff King & Company and Mosswood Engineering to raise money for the SF-Marin Food Bank as part of San Francisco Canstruction. Inspired by this year’s theme “AmeriCAN Grown,” we built a 7’ tall space shuttle to… Read more

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

As part of our Back to School theme, we sat down with WDA intern Marivie Koch, who has been learning on the job since she started work with us this June, and will literally go back to school in 2016. Marivie has creativity in her genes—her parents met in art… 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

December is a month of holidays and giving. So we’re pleased to have a chance this month to highlight di Rosa, a unique place started in the spirit of community and imbued with a sense of wonder.   Situated on over 200 acres of idyllic Napa landscape, di Rosa houses… Read more

I recently spoke at a Professional Practice class for undergraduate architecture students at the Academy of Art University.  My former colleague Paul Adamson, the professor, has been developing the class curriculum, which includes office visits, guest speakers, exam and internship preparation, and advice on beginning a career in architecture. He invited me to discuss… 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

Batter up! Even in foggy San Francisco, softball is one of the highlights of the summer. For several years, William Duff Architects has proudly sponsored a team in the San Francisco Architects/Engineers/Contractors Softball League (SFAECSL). This year, WDA’s team is led by steadfast captain Michelle Liu, and bolstered by the… Read more

For several years, WDA has hired talented summer externs who are interested in pursuing architectural careers. This week, we are pleased to welcome back Desi Petkova, who has just finished her sophomore year at Columbia University. She recently declared a double major in Architecture and Spanish. We’re looking forward to… Read more

Michelle Liu is a big picture thinker who combines curiosity and creativity in service of her community. She believes she was always meant to be an architect. Her early memories include constructing stained glass windows with black glue and colorful paints. Michelle’s childhood also inspired her imagination and interest in… Read more