How can architecture help grow and define a thriving business? Some examples can be found in our recent work for local, family-owned restaurants. Mom-and-Pop restaurants often develop a following by focusing on delivering delicious food with excellent customer service. So, when a local legacy business takes the next step—by re-envisioning… Read more

In honor of Earth Day, WDA’s Sustainability Strategic Initiative Group turns the spotlight to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, which recognizes professionals who consider in-depth the impact of their buildings on people and the planet. Our WDA team includes 4 LEED-accredited architects,… Read more

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A home can be a retreat, a sanctuary, a tribute to our pasts—or all of these, and more. See how light and landscape combine to help our Butterfly House design take flight in the Home Tours + Californian Homes feature on dwell.com.

What words would you use to describe this space in the first photo? Dark? Cold? Confined? Institutional? In contrast, how does the space feel in the following photos? Light? Warm? Comforting? Welcoming? All of the photos are of the same space—the San Francisco Human Services Agency’s (HSA) offices at 1440… Read more

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We’re honored to be included among the winners of the 2019 International Design Award (IDA) for our work on Big Ranch Road. Started in 2007 by designers, thinkers, and entrepreneurs, IDA recognizes and celebrates smart and sustainable multidisciplinary design.

WDA is pleased to announce William S. Duff, Jr.’s new leadership roles at Colorado State University (CSU) in Ft. Collins, Colorado. In 2018, Duff joined the University’s College of Health and Human Sciences Executive Leadership Council and was named to the Affiliate Faculty of the newly-opened Nancy Richardson Design Center…. Read more

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Neil Ginty, Job Captain here at WDA, wrote an informative piece for WorkDesign Magazine offering numerous design solutions for improved work environments that promote health and wellness. With the “average American currently spend[ing] about 8.4 hours on the job each day,” coming to a workplace designed to encourage physical and… Read more

Airport concessions is a growing industry that gives local retailers and restaurants an opportunity to showcase their brands to an array of passengers from across the country and around the world. Over the past decade, WDA’s Retail Practice has developed an expertise bringing projects to life in our local airports,… Read more

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Our Director of Operations, Phoebe Lam, was honored to be featured in conversation with Catherine Meng, architect at DLR Group | Kwan Henmi and host of the Design Voice Podcast. In this episode Phoebe talks about how she made the transition from project management into an operations role, and how… Read more

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Telles to Associate. In his new role, Chris will continue to grow WDA’s retail practice by contributing his insights and expertise towards overall firm strategy, project management, and staff development. “We’re excited to see Chris grow into a leader within the firm… Read more

As we turned the calendar forward to 2019, we asked WDA Founder and Managing Principal William Duff for his reflections on WDA’s 20th Anniversary in 2018: Duff still remembers the nervous excitement he felt when he opened his own firm in 1998. His first “office” was a room in his… Read more

2018 was a big year for WDA – we celebrated our 20th anniversary! We created a festive, illustrated stop motion video to commemorate this exciting milestone. Happy New Year and cheers to another great year! Click to view video Illustration by Brenna Daugherty Stop motion by Glorimar Irizarry Delgado and… Read more