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Introduction: STUDIO BANAA is a San Francisco-based architecture practice focused on creating thoughtful and inventive hospitality and commercial projects for local businesses and community organizations. BANAA is a certified Woman-Owned San Francisco Local Business Enterprise. Driven by both creativity and functionality, our approach to design is uniquely tailored to each particular user and site. Information-gathering through user and community feedback, site and environmental analysis, market research, feasibility studies, and general exploration is what we believe forms the basis of a successful design. Armed with our newfound knowledge and heads full of fresh ideas, we are able to produce cohesive design solutions with a deeper understanding of your project’s needs. The buildings we design prove that creativity, financial returns, and doing the right thing for the community and the environment are not mutually exclusive. We design creative housing solutions and bold commercial spaces that serve the community, increase density, and maximize existing resources.

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Serves San Francisco, CA

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7 years in business

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  • Kokak Chocolate Shop

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, work quality, and responsiveness.

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Freddy O.
Sep 22, 2020
Nastaran designed my new ice cream store and she was very helpful. I am happy with the design that she chosen for my store. She is very professional and know exactly what i needed.She always answered my emails and calls within minutes. I definitely recommend her if you are looking for an architecture. Thank you for your service.
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Amanda P.
Jan 22, 2020

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Dane and Nastaran are wonderful people, and are very knowledgeable in the realm of commercial architecture projects. They were able to answer all of our questions and concerns about our project with confidence, and were always prompt in responding to our messages. Their entire team is completely professional, forthcoming, and easy to talk to and work with. While ultimately we weren’t able to contract with Studio Banaa, they will definitely be on my shortlist of architects to work with on future architectural projects.

Details: Construction documents (blueprints) • Project consultation • Complete remodel • Commercial • 1,500 - 2,000 sq ft

Architectural Services
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Eric K.
Dec 5, 2018

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Nastaran provide excellent guidance throughout our entire office redesign process. She was super flexible, made great layout and product recommendations, and helped us to complete the project on time and under budget.

Details: Commercial or office design • Office space • 2,500 - 3,000 sq ft • Space planning / layout • Furniture selection • Lighting selection • Flooring selection • Contemporary • Midcentury Modern • Industrial • The interior designer travels to me

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Ryan L.
Oct 21, 2018
Studio Banaa is wonderful to work with! Both Dane and Nastaran are amazing architects, creative in how they go about design, but really just good and honest people that know what they are doing. I have worked with them twice on two big projects in Oakland. They have been nothing but great to work with and I am happy to have them in my corner. Their level of knowledge when it comes to design is truly amazing. And, to top it off, they respond to emails promptly, answer their phone and treat everything professionally. It is rare to find such a great team that truly gets how to get things done with such a high level of customer service!
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Carol G.
Jul 16, 2020
They created a special place for my business called Kokak Chocolates in San Francisco, listening to the inspiration I gave them and taking it to a higher place. It's pretty incredible how they designed the space taking their cue from the lines of a cacao fruit. The design is cohesive, flowing from the counter to the walls and ceiling. Aside from the impeccable design, They also went above and beyond in supporting me throughout the construction phase, when needed. Kind and considerate, I appreciate working with people who bring heart to what they do. The world is a better place with people who are not always just about business. Hands down, I would recommend them any day.

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Our pricing is tailored to each project and always negotiated up front so there are no surprises! The overall fee is broken down by phase (for example, Design versus Construction Documents), and we prefer to use a fixed price for larger project and hourly with a cap for small projects or projects without a defined scope.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Our first step is always to get on a short phone call to introduce ourselves and hear the client's vision for the project, and also discuss basic logistical goals such as budget and timeline. We would then email you a portfolio showcasing our office and examples of similar projects we've completed in the past which are specific to your particular project. If we both feel it's a right fit, we will schedule a time to meet you at your project site where we can brainstorm options and evaluate any challenges and opportunities. After gathering all of the information we need and getting to know the client's goals for the project we put together a detailed proposal which outlines our process of working together, our fees, schedule, and basic terms. Our process is tailored to each particular project but are generally structured in the following way: 1. Predesign - We produce fasibility studies and programming (finding your property's "highest and best use"), master planning, site measurement, and initial meetings/interviews with the client to set the basis for later design phases. 2. Schematic Design - We will start sketching ideas and conceptualizing the project - developing hand sketches, diagrams and 3d models, and preliminary layout options for the client’s review. We will meet to present an initial schematic design presentation and allow for two revisions. 3. Design Development - We prepare a limited set of construction drawings (site plan, floor plans, and elevations) to be used in submitting to the city Planning Department and for preliminary bidding purposes. 4. Construction Documents - We prepare a full set of construction drawings and coordinate an engineering team to be used in submitting to the city Building Department and for construction of the project. 5. Construction Observation - On an as-needed basis we will work with the General Contractor and client to observe if the work and handle changes or issues that come up during construction.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    All of our staff has historically been trained as architects, and we value high design and communication skills over anything else! Both founders, Dane and Nastaran, have Masters in Architecture (MArch) degrees.

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