Theresa Ballard, AIA, LEED AP
Principal (510) 465-7010 x108
Theresa is a talented architect with strong technical and design skills, bringing over 20 years of experience with various residential communities. She is a natural team leader and has developed an expertise of working in partnership with clients, professional consultants, and her project team, consistently earning high praise from each of these groups for her attentiveness and organization.

Theresa effectively navigates the regulatory world surrounding housing development through proactive communication from the start of every project. Her proven track record for mapping municipal approvals in advance is based upon early interaction and relationship building. She builds an environment of success by establishing contacts and soliciting initial guidance from cities, counties, fire marshals, commissions, and funders. As a former Planning Commissioner herself, she uniquely understands the importance of political and regulatory processes. Her current role as board president for a non-profit housing developer equips Theresa with insight into the financial partnerships and community coalitions that pave the way for these endeavors.

Primarily focused on affordable and student housing, her special focus is on low- to mid-rise multiunit structures. She manages both new construction and renovation, providing an informed appreciation not just of how buildings are built, but also how they fail. Past projects have included a wide range of end-users, including senior assisted living, homeowners, and even formerly homeless – each requiring discernment of particular user needs and priorities. For each, Theresa balances technical knowledge with creative solutions for creating community among distinctive resident groups.
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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived...”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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