Here at Studio BANAA, we always consider the broadest context—what do the cities, people, businesses need? And then we dive in on the human view. The one that holds identity. Perspectives. Stories. Like homes made out of abandoned masonic temples, restaurants with the owner’s culture literally etched into the walls, or a brandy experience that takes you back to the Californian gold rush.

Because rare and authentic spaces do wonders for the heart and soul of a city. 

Two sides of the big picture. United in the detail.

Studio BANAA is run by Dane and Nas. Dane, a San Francisco local by birth, and Nastaran, a Northern Iranian expat who grew up surrounded by mountains and the Caspian Sea.

They met in architecture school and bonded over a shared love of everything in their right brains: art, design, craft. It was at this point the pair—with two different life journeys, and many different perspectives—united as architects and designers. They still hold some common interests: staring at buildings, absorbing art, being in nature, meeting new clients, throwing dinner parties full of Persian food. But their differences are what keep things interesting. 

Dane—who studied business and economics before moving into the world of architecture—likes pondering future cities, the business of architecture (or the business of anything, really), and the craft of architectural drawing. Whereas Nas can more often be found delving into the study of villages and micro communities, resilient structures and materials, biomimicry and ecological architecture. 

While their right brains are aligned, their left brains are always thinking differently. So when they come together, they can question, inspire and challenge each other to think deeper. To collaborate. And to explore new ground.

TEAM

NASTARAN MOUSAVI, RA
Partner, Principal Architect

DANE BUNTON, RA
Partner, Principal Architect

BEN CLAIR
Collaborator, Architect

The Buzz

  • PRESS FEATURE

    Archinect’s Studio Snapshots: Studio BANAA on Turning Diversity into a Creative Force

    Come read as Archinect interviews Studio BANAA Founders Dane and Nastaran on their new housing research campaign, surviving the pandemic as a small practice, and launching new, innovative business endeavors.

  • PRESS FEATURE

    Interior Design Magazine: Studio BANAA Deconstructs the Cocoa Bean for a San Francisco Chocolate Shop

    Our tribute to the palettes and material found in Southeast Asia where the shop owner is from.

  • RECOGNITION

    Home Snapshots: 55th Street Live-Work Townhouses

    Thanks to Home Snapshots for featuring how we transformed a Masonic lodge from the 1920s into much needed housing for the neighborhood of Bushrod.

  • RECOGNITION

    HOSPITALITY SNAPSHOTS: KOKAK Chocolate Shop

    Hospitality Snapshot loved our patterned lines and eclectic tiles at the KOKAK Chocolate Shop in San Francisco.

  • PRESS FEATURE

    HOSPITALITY SNAPSHOTS: “THE ALAMEDA” FEATURES

    Our project Voyager “The Alameda” gets featured once again! This time, on Hospitality Snapshots online platform.

  • PRESS FEATURE

    Hospitality Design Magazine: “The Alameda” Features

    Our project Voyager “The Alameda” gets featured in the September 2020 Food and Beverage Issue of Hospitality Design Magazine.

  • PRESS FEATURE

    Design Milk: Friday Five with Nastaran Mousavi

    Our co-founder Nas joins Design Milk for Friday Five to share places, designs, and things that inspire her.

  • RECOGNITION

    Mini Village nominated for 2020 Architizer A+ Awards

    The crux of our solution was to create a self-contained mini village where work and play coexist, and space is shared like never before. Check out the full project below.

  • INTERVIEW

    Lightspeed HQ: Restaurant Floor Plans—How to Build One

    Studio BANAA founders Dane and Nastaran feature in a recent interview for Lightspeed HQ.

  • PRESS FEATURE

    XERO: Customer Stories

    Dane and I were dating and we had the opportunity to design a retirement home for one of our friends. After we got into that project – we started thinking, ‘maybe we are able to take this and continue. We can do our own …