Net Zero Energy at an Urban Scale – Masdar

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Net Zero Energy at an Urban Scale – Masdar I’ve had the distinct pleasure of visiting Qatar and the UAE, twice in the past year and was pleasantly surprised by the research and development being done to create accessible and… Continue Reading

Zaha Hadid debacle over labor deaths in Qatar & the World Cup

Earlier this  year Zaha Hadid made headlines with her indifferent comments about the deaths of hundreds of Southeast Asian migrant workers in Qatar, following a construction boom around the 2022 World Cup. Hadid has designed one of the five stadia that will house… Continue Reading

A San Francisco Architect’s Baja Adventure

A San Francisco Architect's Baja Adventure

A San Francisco Architect’s Baja Adventure We are a big fan of vernacular architecture and a huge proponent of preserving natural landscape. Below is the first take on our exciting road trip from San Francisco to Cabo San Lucas, you can… Continue Reading

Vision – San Francisco, Bay Area Architects on a mission

San Francisco, Bay Area Architects

Vision – San Francisco, Bay Area Architects on a mission hb+a Architects located in San Francisco, bay area has an obsessive focus on creating awe-inspiring, healthy spaces with sustainability being the driving force. From the inception of the practice, the… Continue Reading

San Francisco Architects’ Visual Diary of Venice.

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Venice is possibly one of the most unique cities in the world, because of its Architecture, culture and of course history. Besides the famous touristic spots of Basilica San Marco, Rialto Bridge & Doge’s Palace, there are day trips to… Continue Reading

Why hire an architects – Part 3

In my last blog, I shared the story of a client who walked in to my office, reluctant to spend any money (Late September). Long story short,  after 6 months of working with designers, design-builders, he finally came to me… Continue Reading

Hiring a San Francisco/Bay area Architect vs a “pretender”

Hiring a San Francisco/Bay area Architect vs a “pretender” So the big question is are Architects expensive? Fear of the unknown makes most people hire “designers”. The truth is anybody can call themselves a designer because no training, no license… Continue Reading

Lessons from Empire State Building for San Francisco Architects.

An iconic building like the Empire state was responsible for 25,000 tons per year of Carbon dioxide emissions, and the 102 stories cost $11,000,000 in annual energy, prior to 2008.  This was all before the building went through an exercise… Continue Reading

Energy Efficiency Action items for San Francisco Architects

Energy Efficiency Action Items for San Francisco Architects

Energy Efficiency Action items for San Francisco Architects According to EIA, buildings still consume 77% of all electricity produced in the U.S. and more, globally. The dependency on fossil fuels for production of electricity makes buildings more responsible for greenhouse gas… Continue Reading