OUR INTRODUCTION VIDEO
DRAMS Architects is an architecture firm located in Emeryville that offers commercial and residential services in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
We specialize in the management of architectural projects using extensive California code knowledge, a vast engineering consulting network, and positive client communication to see your project through to completion.
Give us a call and tell us about your next project you’re looking to help design – we have architectural and engineering resources that can provide the support you need at every stage.
It's our mission at DRAMS INC to generate a dynamic design and delivery process for our clients through the responsible practice of Architecture. Our knowledgeable, professional, and excellent customer service is a tribute to that mission as we aspire each day for integrity and quality into bringing our clients ideas to existence.
We ambition to be a fast-growing leading enterprise to create a multidisciplinary business platform along with preserving the principle of our craftsmanship and building the future imagined.
After working in different locations across the San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Martinez, and Emeryville), we decided to centralize our headquarters in the city of Emeryville.
Our office is located in a lovely part of the city, with amazing vibes and right next to Pixar Pictures and IKEA. We offer parking spaces to accommodate all our clients, and we also count with the best equipment in the market so we can work on any type of projects you require.
We are taking the social distancing guidelines very seriously: the health of our staff as well as our clients’ is our top priority. We kindly ask our clients to remember their masks and sanitize their hands at the front desk in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
We are expanding very fast, and our new office is open in Los Angeles. We can’t wait to share the next chapter with you.
We are able to work on any type of architecture projects in the state of California: from schools, hospitals, hospitality, high-rises, industrial, and transportation, to commercial and residential ones.
With our Licensed Architects, DRAMS Architects is highly capable to design all the projects with a perfect mix of aesthetics and safety.
We also pay extra attention when it comes to assembling the perfect team of Licensed Engineers before starting any project so we can guarantee the best results for our clients.
AL DRAM, one of the best architects in California. We love working for Al Dram.
CEO & FOUNDER
Al Dram started working in the architecture and construction field since 2006 and established his first practice in 2012.
After receiving his Master's Degree in Architecture, his love for exploring new design, techniques, and his commitment to sharing his inherited knowledge to others as an associate professor allowed him to finish his Ph.D. studies in Architectural Digital Design in Switzerland. His education continuation allowed him to study under legends in architecture, such as Zaha Hadid & Patrick Schumacher at Zaha Hadid Architects.
DRAMS Architects ensures high-quality efforts from its talented and knowledgeable team members. Promoting the right resources to its fitting projects, Al organizes the suitably licensed architects, engineers, and tech-savvy designers with years of experience along with balancing the quality, fees, and turnaround time.
SENIOR ARCHITECT - ASSOCIATE
Maxwell Beaumont has been part of the architecture field since 1984 and is a well-known architect in the San Francisco Bay Area. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree from the Cogswell Polytechnic College and being officially licensed in California in 1993, Maxwell has worked on numerous incredible projects.
Most city officials know him personally and quite well, making the design and permitting processes more manageable.
As the Associate Senior Architect, Maxwell takes care of working on design development, producing the construction details and documents, and acquiring the building permits. With over 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the California Building Code, passing the city requirements is an easy task with Maxwell.
SENIOR ARCHITECTURE DESIGNER
Taoyu Han is an architectural designer who is exploring his interdisciplinary practice in design fields. He received his M.Arch at the University of California, Berkeley, and B.Arch in China.
As a design thinker, Taoyu believes the thinking should come before design. In the design process, the meaning and value of his design have always been his main focus. Taoyu pays attention to the esoteric design theory of architecture but also recognizes the importance of users' direct experience in design.
Vanessa Alvarado received her B.F.A. in architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She joined our team in 2020 and has since then worked on a variety of projects for DRAMS Architects. She is passionate about the design phase of architecture, when it’s all about understanding the site and context of a project and how it influences her design decisions. She is a strong believer that architecture should be a strong reflection of the history and background that surrounds it, as well as it should show progress towards the future.
Gigi Guilhamet studied architecture at the University of San Francisco. Gigi joined our team in 2021 and has begun working on a wide range of projects for DRAMS Architects. Her design experience includes urban design, residential, commercial, and more. Having grown up in the Bay Area, Gigi is very familiar with the surrounding area. She is passionate about sustainability and making a lasting improvement in our built environment.
At the moment we are licensed to work in the state of California only. However, there is no limitation on size, building type, occupancy type and cities. The architecture licenses are issued by California Architects board.