WDA Principal and Commercial Practice, Leader David K. Plotkin, recently completed Leadership San Francisco, a program devoted to developing community trustees who will “make a significant contribution to strengthen and transform our community.”  His passion for sustainable architecture and supporting non-profits devoted to community improvement made him a natural fit… Read more

As architects, our tools often feel like an extension of ourselves. Here we show a playful take on what we do and how through a cast of otherwise inanimate objects. Check out the video to see what makes us tick, beyond coffee and darts! Click to view video Stop motion… Read more

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Neil Ginty to Project Architect. In his new role, Neil will be working in tandem with project managers to navigate multiple projects and their stakeholders, from inception through to completion. He will also be working closely with job captains and designers to produce… Read more

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of Andres Johnson to Project Manager. In his new role, Andres will oversee all aspects of the design and construction process, from developing and reviewing building plans to ensuring projects meets their goals. In addition to leading a team, he will establish and continue… Read more

We’re pleased to announce the promotion of David K. Plotkin to Principal. David’s most significant responsibilities will include cultivating new relationships and projects for the commercial practice, ensuring the professional development of WDA’s staff and managing work flow and standards. As a member of the firm’s Associates group, David also… Read more

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Light-filled summer days always make us think of the Napa Valley, so we’re pleased that California Home + Design featured a new view of Big Ranch Road on the cover of its Summer 2019 issue. WDA Founder and Managing Principal William Duff considers this AIASF Design Award-winning project to be… Read more

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Our designs often strive to highlight the beauty and warmth of wood, so we’re delighted that Embark Magazine features the many ways we used this material to unify the Butterfly House. Cedar, Fir, Oak, Koto, Ipe—read on to see how we used this environmentally-sustainable material palette to render a comfortable… Read more

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

International Partnering Institute

We are proud to announce our team won International Partnering Institute Sapphire Partnered Project of the Year award for the CCSF Central Shops Replacement Facilities project. The awards program recognizes teams who use structured collaborative Partnering to achieve exceptional results through a culture of collaboration. Team credits: City Administrator/Central Shops,… 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.

Make the most out of your design vision by assembling your creative team early on. Our current collaborator, Niche Interiors, recently featured WDA partner and residential practice manager Jim Westover’s expert opinion on the benefits of architects and interior designers working together from the conceptual design phase of a project…. Read more