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

Every month, we will introduce a member of our team. First up is Associate Principal Deborah Sylva, who leads our retail and commercial practices. If there’s one word to describe Deb, it’s “driven.” She’s constantly seeking change and improvement, both personally and professionally. In her view, each new project in… Read more

Today, that hashtag has special meaning for William Duff Architects, Inc. It was 15 years ago that I first opened WDA’s doors for business. It’s been a crazy ride so far, filled with ups and downs, but ultimately a blast. We’ve created great projects, worked with wonderful people, and built… Read more