Design Review Board

The Design Review Board (DRB) is an advisory board that provides expert advice to the Commission on the appearance and design of projects applying for a BCDC permit.

About the DRB

The DRB is made up of experts in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and engineering with experience in designing waterfronts around the world. Board members volunteer their time and expertise to provide advice on the appearance and design of projects seeking approval by the Commission. In particular, the DRB focuses on how proposed projects will affect public access to the Bay and its shoreline.

The DRB is an advisory board to the Commission. Rules on the DRB’s membership and meeting procedures are found in section 10270 of the Commission’s administrative regulations.

How the DRB evaluates projects

In its public meetings, the DRB evaluates projects and provides feedback based on:


DRB meetings

The DRB meets once a month, usually the Monday following the first Thursday of the month. Meetings start at 5 PM unless otherwise stated in the agenda.

Meetings are usually held at the San Francisco Metro Center, and also can be attended online.

DRB members

The DRB is made up of 7 members (and up to 7 alternates) nominated by the Commission’s chair and approved by the Commission.

Jacinta McCann, Chair

Landscape architect

Gary Strang, Vice Chair

Architect and landscape architect

Robert Battalio

Civil engineer

Leo Chow


Tom Leader

Landscape architect

Kristen Hall

Urban planner

Stefan Pellegrini


Guneet Anand, Alternate

Urban designer

Cody Anderson, Alternate


Patricia Fonseca, Alternate

Landscape architect

Andrew Wolfram, Alternate


All communication to board members should be sent to the DRB’s secretary. The DRB secretary will forward any comments received directly to the DRB.