Design Approach

The most direct way to create a design is to sit with homeowners right from the start, roll of tracing paper and pen in hand, and sketch directly while discussing their needs and preferences. David does this with skill and confidence, steering a productive path through a shared exchange of alternative ideas to a realistic proposal.

An economical design, whether for a new or existing structure, maximizes efficiency of layout, thereby reducing construction cost, simplifying the permit process, and lessening impact upon the environment. With the first acceptable floor plan still in sketch form, David brings in an experienced contractor to provide an early estimate of construction cost.

Additional value is provided in the selection of engineering consultants and contractors, whose strengths match the complexities of the design and the site. For homes with extensive details and a well-developed style, a judicious balance is struck between restoration and replacement. In all cases, David gives high priority to continuity, resulting in projects with a seamless look that stands the test of time.

Communication and flexibility are the keys, as clients are led to informed decisions at all levels and at each step along the way. David combines his experience and expertise with an easy and winning manner to produce finished projects that meet the goals and grace the lives of their owners.



Projects include single-family residences, remodels, and additions of all sizes, typically ranging from $50,000 to $2M. While most projects are in San Francisco, other locations include Tiburon, Kentfield, Fairfax, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Alamo, Orinda, Berkeley, Alameda, Oakland, Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Guerneville, and Maui.



David describes the kind of person he often finds himself working with:

"...a lot of my clients are what I would call working class Pacific Heights… they work hard to make good incomes, know the value of a dollar, know what they like when they see it, and want a design that will last."

They include scientists, lawyers, "techies", teachers, brokers, artists… 


Special Qualifications

With 25 years in the Bay Area, David has mastered the intricacies of permit approval, particularly in San Francisco, where he has never had to give up a design contested before the Planning Commission. His knowledge of local codes and his relationships with building officials permit him to ask the right questions and analyze multi-faceted issues with speed and accuracy.

With a background in architecture, engineering, and mathematics David tackles difficult design problems requiring precise measurements, structural expertise, and technical creativity. He routinely offers free site consultations to discuss project feasibility, even when a potential client is first considering an offer to buy a property.



After completing a major in physics at Cornell, David spent three years in Manhattan, teaching math and physics and founding a start-up, before returning to school at UC Berkeley to complete a Master's degree in both Architecture and Structural Engineering. He is licensed in the State of California.

After an apprenticeship in San Francisco he made a year-long "grand tour" of Europe, sketching the great architectural monuments. He parlayed this experience into a three-year stint in Princeton heading major projects for Michael Graves, then set up shop in San Francisco and began a twenty-five year practice re-creating the homes of Bay Area residents.

During that time he has served on the -

  • Awards Committee of the American Institute of Architects
  • Citizens Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Building Department
  • Steering Committee of Citizen Action for a Sustainable Alameda.

He resides in Alameda with his wife and two daughters.




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