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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

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

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