1960 - 2020


Practice Established
donald sandy
Founder Donald Sandy launches his architectural practice in San Francisco.
Early Work
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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


First Computer
First Computer
The firm purchases its first computer.


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


Fisher Island
Fisher Island
The first residences are completed at Fisher Island, off the coast of Miami – a multiple-award winning resort community.


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


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


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


First Website
SB Architects launches its first website.


First 5-Star Hotel
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.


Scott Lee
Scott Lee
Scott Lee is named Principal.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


New Look
SB Architects debuts a new website, and a brand new look.


Fastest Growing Firm
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.