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DSA Architects

USGBC member

1107 Virginia Street
Berkeley, CA 94702


Service area: 150 miles

Service Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, Trinity

Daniel Smith & Associates has been pursuing innovative architectural design for over 20 years, pioneering green building in the Bay Area and beyond. The work of DSA Architects ranges from residences to educational facilities, churches, multi-family housing, retail, office and mixed-use buildings, including LEED certification. We have experience in site planning and consulting for businesses, retreat centers, monasteries, camps, and co-housing communities.

Reflecting the increasing environmental awareness, Dan Smith and Associates has been adapting "conventional" construction to be more sustainable since the 1980s. With the revival of straw bale construction in the early 1990s, DSA Architects has been at the forefront of research and development and has contributed important innovations to the evolving vernacular. When Dietmar Lorenz joined from Germany in 1997, he brought a unique European perspective into the firm, introducing more innovative methods and materials into the vocabulary.

Our green design approach incorporates natural and alternative materials as well as state of the art technology, like photovoltaic solar roofs or innovative mechanical systems. We are familiar with green roofs and gray water systems and have strong expertise in straw bale construction, with over fifty such projects realized. Our firm applies integrated design principles to achieve ecological benefits and as a means of creating healthy and beautiful environments. As LEED Accredited Professionals we can help you to comply with this green building standard. We know how to balance function, buildability and green building approaches, and we work closely with our clients so they can reach their goals while reducing environmental impacts.

U.S. Green Building Council Member
U.S. Green Building Council Member

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