Seize the Day


December 29, 2016

Welcome to CDA.

Wrapping up 2016, Chen Design Associates is ecstatic to announce that we’ve moved our studio to Oakland, and are proud to call home an expansive, light-filled historical building at 1759 Broadway. We want to specially thank our friends Peter Markatos and Tyler Moore (formerly partnered as MM) for what CDA Principal Josh Chen called “a once in a lifetime opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” in assuming this beautiful space as our own. We deeply admire and respect the creative work Peter and Tyler have consistently churned out over their firm’s 10-year existence, and as they each move on to new challenges, we’re honored to carry on their commitment to design excellence here in The Uptown.

We look forward to welcoming our clients and friends in our new location when we’re all settled. Oakland’s city center is undergoing a kind of renaissance and we’re excited to be part of it. Along with the East Bay’s long-standing vibrant art scene, innovative restaurants and cultural diversity, we’re excited that this new space enables us to grow our creative team and capabilities in the years to come. Take a peek.

Original wainscot and crown molding run the length of the studio’s “East Wing.”
Then and Now. Built in 1928 as the new home of the Guaranty Building and Loan Association with a total investment of $320,000, 1759 Broadway recently celebrated 88 years of existence.
“The building is of class A construction and has been finished with the finest materials obtainable… The columns, pilasters, cornice members and bases on the Broadway facade are of solid marble quarried in Vermont… the same as that used in the Arlington Memorial…” — Oakland Tribune, Dec 14, 1928
Machinery crest above the entrance to the studio’s “West Wing.”
“The building will set a new style for Oakland. Of colonial architecture, simple in line and dignified in appearance…” — Oakland Tribune, Dec 14, 1928
The “West Wing” of our studio overlooks Telegraph Avenue and the historic Fox Theater.

Our new address: Chen Design Associates / 1759 Broadway / Oakland, California 94612-2105

As our end-of-year move bodes well for us, we wish you a new year of growth, full of vitality and energy.