1960 - 2016

1960

Practice Established
donald sandy
Founder Donald Sandy launches his architectural practice in San Francisco.
Early Work
residential
During these early years, the practice consists primarily of custom residential.
Sea Ranch
sea ranch
Among the firm’s first commissions were 8 of the early homes at Sea Ranch on North Coast of California.

1963

I Have A Dream
martin luther king
Dr. Martin Luther King gives his “I Have A Dream” speech.

1966

First Multifamily Project
multi-family residential
The firm lands its first major multifamily residential project - Woodside, a 750-unit apartment community in Sacramento.

1968

Partnership Formed
Jim Babcock
Jim Babcock becomes a partner, and the company is now known as Donald Sandy Jr. AIA, James A. Babcock.

1969

Man on the Moon
Man on the Moon
The first man walks on the moon.

1970s

Growth in California
sb architects
The firm becomes a go-to firm for multifamily residential design in California.

1972

Ocean House
Ocean House
Ocean House - an iconic beachfront property in Monterey, California - is featured in Architectural Record.

1975

Key Colony
Key Biscayne
Key Colony– a huge project on Key Biscayne – establishes the firm as a presence in Florida, and the firm’s Miami office is born.
A New Home
new office
Don and Jim establish a new home for the San Francisco office, retrofitting an old body-shop into an architectural office in a much-publicized re-use of urban space.

1977

Donald Sandy, FAIA
Donald Sandy
Donald Sandy is named a Fellow in the AIA.

1980

First Computer
First Computer
The firm purchases its first computer.

1981

Sandy & Babcock, Inc
The firm officially becomes Sandy & Babcock, Inc.

1985

Fisher Island
Fisher Island
The first residences are completed at Fisher Island, off the coast of Miami – a multiple-award winning resort community that remains the firm’s longest running project.

1986

Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island
Kiawah Island, an award-winning project in South Carolina, sets the bar for sustainable coastal design.

1988

John Eller
John Elle
John Eller, who joined the firm in 1977as a junior draftsman, is named Chief Executive Officer.

1989

Berlin Wall
timeline 17
The Berlin Wall falls.

1990s

International Expansion
Sandy & Babcock expands into Asia and the Caribbean, forging an international practice.

1998

First Website
Website
SB Architects launches its first website.

1999

First 5-Star Hotel
Anassa
The firm’s first 5-star hotel, Anassa in Cyprus, opens its doors - Conde Naste calls one of the world’s ten best new hotels.

2000

Scott Lee
Scott Lee
Scott Lee is named Principal.

2001

iPod
the first ipod
Apple releases the first iPod.

2002

A New Name
The firm becomes SB Architects.
Santana Row
Santana Row
Santana Row - lauded as an industry-leading urban mixed-use project - opens in San Jose, California.

2003

New Headquarters
SB Architects moves its headquarters to larger quarters on the San Francisco waterfront.

2004

Joe Andriola and Kevin Dunn
Joe Andriola and Kevin Dunn
Joe Andriola and Kevin Dunn are named Principals.

2005

Calistoga Ranch
Calistoga Ranch
Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort opens and appears on the cover of Travel & Leisure.

2006

Facebook
Facebook
Facebook debuts.

2007

Founder Retires
Founder Donald Sandy, FAIA retires.
New Principals
Bruce Wright and Mark Sopp
Bruce Wright and Mark Sopp are named Principals.
New Miami Office
The Miami office moves to a new, larger space in the heart of Coral Gables.

2008

1060 Brickell
1060 Brickell Image 1
The 1060 Brickell towers are completed, forever making their mark on the Miami Skyline.

2009

Volcanic Mineral Springs & Spa
Volcanic Mineral Springs & Spa
The Volcanic Mineral Springs & Spa at Mission Hills Haikou opens as the biggest spa facility in the world.

2010

50th Anniversary
50-years anniversary
SB Architects turns 50.

2012

China Office
The firm opens its China office in Shenzhen.
Dorado Beach
Dorado Beach
Dorado Beach, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve opens to rave reviews

2014

New Look
Signature Vector logo color
SB Architects debuts a new website, and a brand new look.

2015

Fastest Growing Firm
55-years
As SB Architects celebrates 55 years of practice, it is named one of the "Fast 100" (fastest-growing private companies in the San Francisco Bay Area) by the SF Business Times.