Doug Dahlin
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Doug Dahlin AIA

Chairman of the Board

As Founder, thought leader and pioneer, Doug Dahlin established Dahlin Group in 1976 in Northern California. In the 40+ years that follow, he has been the visionary and design leader of the firm, whose work in community planning and urban design has shaped much of the San Francisco Bay area's growth for the past three decades. He has provided innovative and environmentally sensitive community plans in the United States, Spain, Dubai and the People's Republic of China. Doug is at the forefront of developing innovative design solutions for vertical urbanization and mixed-use master plans for projects of enormous proportions and in a global arena.

As Chairman of the Board, Doug provides strategic vision for the firm's growth. A design leader and innovator at heart, he remains involved in project work, focusing on research and integration of new industry technologies and ideas to our practice. He leads the firm's design discovery lab, and oversees the transformation of digital design and modeling, and the implementation of sustainable design technologies, while refining the evolving process of design thinking and excellence.

Growth of DAHLIN has also relied on Doug's primary principle of providing a setting for talented people to excel professionally, while benefiting our clients and the world. The success of the company has been built on the success of each of the leaders he has mentored, the success of our clients' projects, and the firm's commitment to sustainable design with purpose.

Doug has a special interest in developing agriculture as a key component in community open space—the integration of food crops for community, resort and restaurant landscapes. His interest is vested personally in his working farm in Northern California, committed to organic farming and sustainable practices.

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

Licensed Architect in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Washington


  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Planning Association
  • Building Industry Association Hall of Fame
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • ULI Community Development Council