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Philip Banta, AIA, Architect, Founder & Principal

Philip leads BantaDESIGN (BETA, Inc.) in delivery of professional services to private and public sector clients.  Philip has received international, national and Bay Area recognition for his firm’s architectural work.  From his first large scale commission (the super energy-conserving San Jose State Office Building) to his most recent urban design initiative (the West Oakland Walk), he excels at assembling the best project teams for successful collaboration between clients, consultants, communities and permitting agencies.  He has provided design direction to all the firm’s award winning projects since its inception. Educated at Harvard University (B.A. mcl) and UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design (M. Arch. with honors) Philip has served as a lecturer and visiting studio critic at UC Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin, and currently serves on the Emeryville Planning Commission. His wife and four children are his renewable resource for creative inspiration. They reside in the coastal community of Stinson Beach.


Norman Hooks, Architect, Principal Consultant

Norman provides tremendous depth of experience regarding outreach and engagement with communities for projects of all types.   Norman has served as vice-chairman of the Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board and as a member of the Oakland Mayor’s Land-Use and Planning Task Force. He has provided renovation and rehabilitation design services for every major park in Oakland. He currently presides as president of the West Oakland Commerce Association.  Norman’s professional expertise is built on an extensive portfolio of adaptive re-use and historic preservation projects in the Bay Area. He is co-director of the West Oakland Walk project for BantaDESIGN. Norman earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University, Virginia, and pursued post-graduate studies at the College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley.  Oakland has been his home for the last 20 years.