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Mithun and Daniel Solomon Design Partners Merge to Create Globally-Recognized, Integrated Design Firm


Leveraging recent client growth and the nascent economic recovery, Mithun, a Seattle-based architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm globally known for sustainable design, and Daniel Solomon Design Partners (DSDP) of San Francisco, internationally-known for placed-based urban design and urban housing, announced today a merger which immediately elevates the combined firm's capabilities in the design for urban residential, mixed use, office, civic, cultural, academic, and institutional clients to meet demand for livable, sustainable cities worldwide.

Daniel Solomon Design Partners (DSDP) is merging into the existing Mithun San Francisco office at 660 Market Street this month. The integrated team of Mithun architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners and interior designers will operate as Mithun/Solomon to maximize the depth of experience and relationships established over four decades by the well-regarded Solomon firm. DSDP has earned over 100 design awards for such seminal projects as the Brower Center / Oxford Plaza in Berkeley, the Mosaica Housing Community and Broadway Family Apartments in San Francisco, and urban planning of Downtown Sacramento and San Francisco State University.

Mithun, which will retain its name outside the Mithun/Solomon office, has developed a diverse and highly respected portfolio of work since its founding in 1949, including recent projects such the Lander, Terry, & Maple Residential Halls for the University of Washington, the Mariposa neighborhood redevelopment for the Denver Housing Authority, multiple projects for Google in the Silicon Valley, two projects in Yosemite National Park for the Yosemite Conservancy, plus thought-leadership initiatives such as its EcoDistrict Assessment Protocol for the Portland Institute of Sustainability. The practice holds over 130 design awards in its 60 year history.

DSDP's three principals, Daniel Solomon, Anne Torney and John Ellis, become partners at Mithun in joining San Francisco-based Mithun principals Sandy Mendler, Antonio Pares and Roger Gula.

"This merger reinforces Mithun's commitment to urbanism and urban housing as a key component of a healthy world,” said Mithun Chairman and CEO Bert Gregory. “At all scales, Daniel Solomon Design Partners' work is characterized by design excellence, a nuanced and learned response to context, and a commitment to environmental responsibility.”

“With the Solomon team's integration into the collaborative-design approach across Mithun's work, we anticipate further benefits for Mithun's client base in residential, corporate office, hospitality, academic, civic, and cultural facilities and an equal expansion of capabilities for Solomon clients as well,” Gregory added.

“It is rare that a business merger actually represents a conjoining of ideas that reinforces one another and extends their range,” said Solomon. “The housing, urban buildings, neighborhood design and urban repair we have done for decades are a perfect corollary to the sophisticated environmentalism, design sensibility and applied science that Mithun brings to all scales of the physical world.”

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About Daniel Solomon Design Partners

Daniel Solomon Design Partners' award-winning body of work encompasses housing, mixed-use, institutional architecture and large-scale urban planning. The firm's distinguished residential portfolio includes student housing, market rate housing, the re-planning and reconstruction of public housing, and affordable housing for a range of special-needs populations. The firm's planning of neighborhoods around transit, walkability and natural factors is based on a career-long focus on the interaction between the design of housing and urbanism. The work has received over 100 design awards including four Progressive Architecture Awards, three national awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary's Platinum Award of Excellence on two occasions, and four Charter Awards from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

About Mithun

Founded in 1949, Mithun is a world leader in integrated planning, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design services—a multidisciplinary approach that unites human and natural systems within the built environment. With offices in Seattle and San Francisco, Mithun's work includes design for civic, cultural, academic, urban residential, commercial, and institutional clients with a focus on health, connectivity, and high performance. Representative Mithun clients include the Yosemite Conservancy, University of California Irvine, San Francisco Zen Center, Athenian School, University of Washington, Chatham University, Denver Housing Authority, State of Maryland, Google, and the Louisiana Children's Museum. Mithun was recently recognized by Architect Magazine as co-recipient at #1 on their Architect 50 list for Sustainable Firms and has been recognized with national design awards from the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, the Environmental Design Research Association, and the Urban Land Institute.

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