About us

STUDIO BANAA is a San Francisco-based architecture practice focused on creating thoughtful and inventive urban infill and adaptive reuse projects for real estate developers, local businesses, and community organizations. BANAA is a certified Woman-Owned San Francisco Local Business Enterprise (Micro LBE).

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Nastaran Mousavi, AIA Principal Architect

Nastaran was born and raised in Sari, Iran: a city bordering the Alborz Mountains and the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. Growing up in a household full of architects, she finished her Bachelor degree in Architectural Engineering with focus on math & physics from University of Tehran and moved to the United States in 2011, where she received her Masters of Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Nastaran’s strong technical background, her ability to visualize concept through rigorous sketches, along with the many sketchbooks she collects outline a hidden discourse of ideas, forms, and diagrams that construct the basis of the office’s conceptual design work and research interests. Nastaran seeks opportunities to advance the architecture industry for a safer and more sustainable world. She has contributed to the community by getting involved in a range of small projects for non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. She has taught architecture to undergraduate and middle school students at CCA and has been a board member of Deborah Slater Dance Theater since October 2018.  Her interests in architecture and urbanism are affordable housing, public spaces, adaptive reuse, post-traumatic urbanism, and resilient design. Nastaran is a licensed architect in California

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Dane Bunton, AIA Principal Architect

Dane was born in Missouri and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. With degrees in both economics and architecture, Dane offers a unique combination of critical thinking and visceral design skills that form both the firm’s creative voice and business operations. Dane’s ability to initiate conceptual ideas is highly informed by the image-making and drawing process, which constantly evolves from conceptual design through the technical details of a project.

Dane received his bachelor’s degree in Economics before working for several years at his father’s architectural practice, BCA Architects. In 2013 he received a Master’s of Architecture degree from California College of the Arts in San Francisco where he achieved accolades for his excellence in digital and visual media and other aspects of design. His interests range from multi-family and affordable housing, adaptive reuse to net-positive buildings and underground urbanism. Dane is a licensed Architect in California