I was employed by Prats/Coffee, Inc., a design build firm, for approximately twenty years. Mike Coffee, one of the partners of Prats/Coffee, Inc. retired from the business of architecture in 2002. Since the company was dissolving, I was faced with a decision to either look for another employer or to start my own firm. With the support of Mike Coffee and the desire to continue relationships with existing clients, I decided to start my dbaArchitects.
My associates and I considered several names, and selected the name dbaArchitects as a reference to d(oing) b(usiness) a(s) Architects. We have always enjoyed the profession of architecture, and thought the name was somewhat light-hearted but also accurate.