David Marlatt

David Marlatt

San Francisco, CA, US



DNM Architect is a San Francisco architecture firm offering a full range of services from planning and programming through design, documentation and construction administration to the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California for new custom homes, remodeling, commercial and educational projects.

Some firms promote a particular design style while others emphasize service. That’s great. We identify ourselves as “advocates for the building.” We begin each project by listening (and we never stop). We analyze the site and other constraints and opportunities. We introduce our own experience and expertise, balancing the competing challenges of function, style, budget, codes, context, schedule, energy efficiency, and dozens of other considerations. And, we work together with the entire project team to insure that the project meets our clients’ immediate and long term goals.

With experience in both LEED and Green Point Rated projects, we strongly advocate green, sustainable, energy-efficient building materials and methods as a means of reducing the energy required to construct and operate buildings. We have recently completed a 180 point certified GreenPointRated new home in Sonoma and have a new LEED Platinum target house under construction in San Francisco.

We persistently push the envelope of small firm architectural practice and technology, using intelligent 3D CAD software and other software and web-based tools, to communicate, translate early designs seamlessly into construction documents and manage design changes without disrupting the building process. The firm's approach not only improves the final design and efficiency, but produces final drawings faster and more accurately than more traditional methods.



Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1976 - Jun 1982

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