About the Firm

Dern Architecture + Development is dedicated to excellence in architecture throughout the Bay Area. The firm’s portfolio includes architectural design and construction management for mix-use, work place, hospitality, retail, restaurants and custom residential projects. The firm has served in a broad array of private-sector clients, bringing a collaborative design + build approach to each project.

Our experience in award winning urban infill developments, multi-stakeholder community-based projects, and commercial interiors provides opportunities to lead design teams, work within aggressive schedules and lead multidisciplinary design+build engineering teams toward the client’s needs teams throughout the design and construction processes.

Our approach to a project is based on a work ethic to Listen, Innovate and Deliver.

We recognize that every site is unique and that are programmatic, economic and aesthetic requirements of each project can be fused to create functional, sustainable and distinctive works of architecture.


Michael Dern, AIA

Bachelors of Architecture along with a minor in Construction Management from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Denmark International Study (DIS) Program 1996

2018 President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Silicon Valley


American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1999

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)


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Michael Dern, AIA