Date and Time:

May 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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850 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame CA 94010

Join us for a presentation and discussion led by two principals from David Baker Architects (DBA). Katie Ackerly, AIA, and Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, will explore the design principles outlined in the firm’s recently published book, 9 Ways to Make Housing for People. Drawing on examples from the DBA portfolio, our speakers will share how the firm has approached affordable and market-rate housing design and the development of spaces that engage and support thriving communities. At a time when our cities and communities continue to be deeply affected by housing shortages, these strategies offer a thoughtful, innovative approach to cost-effective and sustainable solutions that can help address the need for quality housing for all.

Bonus: We are raffling off two (2) copies of the book! Those who register and attend will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a copy of the book.

David Baker Architects

David Baker Architects (DBA) is a nationally recognized, locally oriented architecture and urban design firm with a focus on sustainable, mixed-use communities that support stability and connection. At the nexus of housing, climate, and community, DBA’s work seizes opportunities to enact meaningful change—forging strong partnerships to create livable density and resilient, human-centered places that uplift communities at all scales.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Birmingham, Alabama, DBA’s diverse, collaborative team is committed to designing and leading with expertise, curiosity, tenacity, pragmatism, and joy. We design thoughtful places that allow communities to thrive and that serve as a “multiplier of good”—that is, that enable and support engagement, connection, and other neighborhood benefits. DBA is a Certified B Corp, a JUST 2.0 Label organization, and a seven-year signatory of the AIA 2030 Commitment, with strong values in advancing social equity and sustainability in architecture. We are also a California Benefit Corporation: DBA Benefit Corporation 2022 Report.


Katie Ackerly, AIA
Principal / Sustainable Design Director
David Baker Architects

Katie Ackerly is a Principal at David Baker Architects and the firm’s Sustainable Design Director. She is an industry thought-leader, and an advocate for building decarbonization and housing resilience. Katie draws on a background in building science and energy-efficiency policy, including graduate studies with the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. She brings DBA into critical conversations about multi-family building performance within the firm and beyond, guided by the belief that good housing design is essential to a successful, resilient future.

Pedram Farashbandi, AIA, LEED GA
David Baker Architects

Pedram Farashbandi is a Principal at David Baker Architects. Pedram grew up in Shiraz, Iran, a city known for its gardens, poets, literature, and wine—all of which influenced the way he perceives his surroundings and approaches design. Over a decade of practice with DBA, Pedram works on diverse projects at the initial phases, rethinking conventional approaches and adapting workflows to suit specific challenges. His projects include affordable housing, hospitality, modular design and construction, micro-units, and innovative live-work developments. He is currently overseeing the design and construction of Tidal House, a residential tower on Treasure Island.

CES: 1.5 HSW Approved

The evening will start with the AIASMC Academic Scholarship Awards
presentations at 6 pm

When:  Wednesday, May 24th 6-7pm   A Free Event!
Where: Burlingame Community Center    850 Burlingame Ave

Image Credits Courtesy: David Baker Architects

Thank you to our generous sponsor, Western Windows for supporting our chapter event!