Written by Wendy Osaki   Too often budget wins over sustainability. For Earth Day, we took a deep dive into WDA’s new San Francisco office to show it’s possible to choose both. From maximizing resources to electrification and even location, sustainability can be affordable and scaled to meet any budget… Read more

Written by Steven Lovell, AIA Retail is an ephemeral industry, always changing with the seasons. Adaptive reuse is the renovation and reuse of pre-existing buildings for new purposes, in line with contemporary design. Both rely on reinvention. When paired with retail, adaptive reuse buildings can elevate brands by physically connecting… Read more

Written by Neil Ginty, Architect Our design for the Golden Oak residence sought to establish a balanced relationship with the natural environment surrounding it. The design acknowledges the family’s varying needs with two complimentary wings, one for quiet retreat and another for gathering, while showcasing the stunning views of the… Read more

Written by Steven Lovell, AIA Adaptive reuse changes the function and sometimes use of existing buildings while retaining the original form and character. As cities and neighborhoods evolve, older buildings can adapt to our modern lifestyles. We at WDA advocate for adaptive reuse projects, as they align with our passion… Read more

Article by Neil Ginty, WDA Homeowners thinking of remodeling this Earth Day can start their project with a sound environmental and social conscience, while potentially making major tax savings, by sparing those old parts of their home from landfill and recycling them through a process of deconstruction. Deconstruction is the… 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

We are proud to announce our re-certification as a San Francisco Green Business! Run by SF Environment, the program helps businesses implement sustainable and profitable environmental practices. Program members must re-apply every three years to ensure they remain compliant. To comply, we met strict environmental standards for waste reduction, water… Read more

With summer in swing, it’s time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. This year, summer heat and ongoing drought are prompting Californians to rethink the ways we use water. Here are 5 tips to keep you going through the summer and beyond. Based on lessons drawn… 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