Based in San Francisco Bay Area, YC+D Architecture provides a full range of architectural design and consulting services to diverse clients and project scales.  

Through their experiences, our team of architects and designers have demonstrated their ability to design and deliver highly technical projects; we also have a passion for and excel in creative conceptual design. We recognize this as critical and integral to our design process. For each and every project, conceptual clarity is the basis for a singular vision that drives strong project execution.  

YC+D Architecture is a minority, women-owned architecture practice. We are Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) , Women-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) certified.

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YEN CHEN AIA

Founder/Principal

YEN has over 15 years’ experience in designing and managing complex and high-profile domestic and international projects. With project types ranging from schools, multi-family housing, private residences and commercial interiors to cultural institutions, Yen’s approach to design is both creative and collaborative from concept to construction. She firmly believes architecture is both intentional and dynamic. For each and every project, she strives to help the client not only realize their building vision but also discover serendipity in the process.

Prior to founding YC+D Architecture, Yen worked for several highly regarded design studios in Southern California where she held key roles in design and execution of notable projects. She is licensed in the State of California and holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale School of Architecture.

DARA has over 15 years of experience as an architect and has worked on various project types ranging from theme parks to federal and educational projects. What keeps him excited about architecture, engineering, and construction is the collective process of designing and constructing buildings. He believes through collaboration, teamwork and adopting innovative design solutions informed by technology we can address many of common construction problems, leading to more successful projects.
 
At YC+D, Dara is responsible for design, implementation and delivery of projects. He is also in charge of business development as well as managing several of YC+D ‘s key accounts. Dara is licensed in the State of California and holds architecture degrees from Georgia Tech and UC Berkeley.

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DARA DOURAGHI AIA

Principal