We are honored to have received a 2017 California Home + Design Award for Residential Architecture for our Valley of the Moon Retreat.  This is the second award for the LEED Silver vacation home in Sonoma County. 


Read the article here.

See the entire project portfolio here.

Butler Armsden is the proud recipient of an AIA Redwood Empire Award for our Valley of the Moon Retreat.  This modern weekend retreat, designed for a family of four and their extended family, sits high in the hills opposite Glen Ellen and overlooks the beautiful Sonoma Valley that was famously christened the "Valley of the Moon" by Jack London. 

Associate Principal Glenda Flaim led the design rooted in the dynamic interplay between nature and the built environment.

More of the project can be viewed here.

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled our "museumlike" Artists in Residence project and its owners, Dick and Gretchen Evans.  We were honored to be included in this great piece that details some of the facts and figures of fine architecture while also the exploring how a retired- executive turned photographer and an accomplished painter live in their home amongst their own art. 


Read the entire story here.

Our Platinum on the Peninsula project was recently spotlighted by Dwell.  Read the entire article here.

SFC&G San Francisco Cottages & Gardens has an exclusive first look at the newly completed Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Butler Armsden's Reba Jones, Senior Associate, lead a talented in-house design team and collaborated with Clayton Timbrell & Company, Inc. for the build-out of new Youth, Toddler and Meeting Rooms.

We were also fortunate to have the support of many donors and vendors in our wonderful design community. Thanks to everyone who helped us in the "Where Hope Has a Home" campaign for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford!

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Thanks to the San Jose Mercury News and Lou Fancher for an engaging review of Dream House, and interview with its author, our very own Catherine Armsden.  Fancher writes "[the novel] speaks volumes about family history and how it is shaped by place, space and physical circumstances." The interview delves into some of the family history that inspired parts of the book, including the uncovering of important historical papers that were once in George Washington's possession.


Read the entire fascinating article here.

Marin @ HomeWe were honored to be included in the innagural issue of Marin At Home.  This new publication, under the editorial direction of the talented Zahid Sardar, features an interview with Lewis on the topic of one of our favorite Marin homes, BAA's Stinson Beach House.

We are delighted to announce the publication of Dream House, the debut novel written by Butler Armsden co-founder Catherine Armsden.  

How are we shaped by the houses we live in? When we make a house of our own, do we start fresh or try to catch the essence of houses that have been in the containers of our dreams and memories?  

These questions are explored in the lush and riveting novel, Dream House, about family, love and the search for "home." After the accidental death of her parents, San Francisco architect Gina Gilbert travels to her childhood home in Maine to put family affairs in order. Dream House reveals the psychologically complex drama of Gina's family, whose broken dreams and altercations over lost historical treasures have left them with decades-old suspicions and resentments. With an architect's precision, Gina discovers how both the structure and the power of a house can uncover hidden truths and help heal the wounds of the past.

Get your copy today!

We are so happy to be included in LEEDing the Way, a new book that celebrates beautiful and environmentally respectful homes that have all achieved a LEED rating from the United States Green Buildling Council.  Our LEED Platinum Tiburon Bay House is featured in the book.


We are proud to announce our partnership with the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.  Through a special project, Where Hope Has A Home, we will be designing and building healing environments for three important spaces: the Youth Room, Toddler Room and Family Meeting Room. Butler Armsden is honored to have the opportunity to work on such an important project.

We need your help to ensure that we design and build the best, most inspiring spaces for this very deserving organization. Please donate today!  Sponsorship of individual room furniture pieces and features is available, and of course we gladly accept donations of any size.  You can make your tax-deductible donation here.  

Thank you!

With summer just around the corner we'd like to suggest picking up a copy of Beach House Happy which features our Stinson Beach House. Time to break out the flip-flops!

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C Magazine Men's IssueIn its Spring 2015 Men's Issue, C Magazine connects with our own Lewis Butler for a tour and backstory on the Stinson Beach House. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as the house and Butler Armsden Architects are both celebrating their 30th year in 2015!




We are pleased to announce that Butler Armsden Architects will be participating in the SF Decorator Showcase for a second year in a row!  This year Associate Principal Glenda Flaim leads our talented team in the transformation of the front bedroom, bath and sitting room of the historic Julia Morgan property at 3630 Jackson Street.  While we can't give too much away quite yet, be sure that the genius of Julia will be honored in this creative undertaking.


Opening Night is April 24th, hope to see you there!

Butler Armsden revamped this four-story Italianate-style home in Pacific Heights for longtime clients. An exercise in architectural subtlety and clever space planning, much of the work was made to look as though it were original to the home.  In addition to the architectural improvements, Butler Armsden was also responsible for the interiors and landscape design for both the private front patio entrance and the rear parterre garden.  

Read more about the project in the Winter 2015 issue of Luxe here.

See more of the portfolio here.

We are so pleased to announce that Curbed has selected our own Dave Swetz as a nominee for their Young Guns Awards.

Congratulations Dave, we couldn't be more proud! Read what Dave has to say about working in the Bay Area's start-up culture and see some of his best work here.



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Butler Armsden's 4-unit Telegraph Hill project opposite Coit Tower has secured approval by the Planning Commission in a 5-2 vote with both remarkable support from the Hill residents and vehement opposition by the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association. 
CURBED San Francisco details the debate here.

Our favorite UK publication, LivingEtc., featured the custom pantry we designed for our client's SF William Wurster renovation in their August 2014 issue.

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Thanks to Claudia Juestel and SF Luxe for the coverage!  See the entire post here.


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Green Building & Design magazine gets the backstory on Butler Armsden's most recent LEED - Platinum residence.  

Read the article. 

See more of this innovative Menlo Park project.


Butler Armsden was delighted to participate in LEAP’s Annual Sandcastle Contest this fall, for the 7th year in a row, along with our partners Geoff DeSousa Interior Design, Forde Mazzola Associates, and Strandberg Engineers. Together, we are the proud winners of the award for Best Site Sign for our 7-foot-tall camel that was created by Plant Architectural Woodworks. We are grateful to our generous donors who contributed to our success, making us the top fundraising team with over $30,000 in donations to support LEAP-Arts in Education. 

This event allowed us to unleash our creativity and craft an exciting "Masterpiece in the Sand" in tune with this year’s theme. With the help of Mr. Gelfand’s class of 4th and 5th graders from George Peabody Elementary School, we recreated the Giza Necropolis complete with the three Great Pyramids and Sphinx. Following a few brainstorming sessions with the students, we were ready to pick up our shovels, pails, buckets, and carving tools, and head to Ocean beach to let the games begin.

After hours of heavy lifting, shoveling, molding and carving, we realized that we had 20 minutes of build time remaining and a whole pyramid to carve. Amidst the rush, the team managed to create the tallest of the three pyramids standing at about 7 feet just as the time drew to a close. It was an impressive feat for all of us and we were amazed at our own accomplishment.

Actively participating in this event year after year and being the top fundraiser in this competition is a tremendous achievement for us, so we would like to congratulate all the invisible helping hands in addition to all the actual hands that helped build our "Masterpiece in the Sand". 

Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you next year, and for years to come!

The Financial Times profiles one of Butler Armsden's projects, a historic Painted Lady on Alamo Square, in its piece on Victorian architecture in San Francisco. Read the entire article here.

The award-winning Yolo County Cabin, a modernist cabin in the midst of a real working farm, has been featured in the recently published book, Back to the Cabin. The author, Dale Mulfinger, writes: "The cabin sits surrounded by cultivated fields, where the smell of newly tilled earth meets the odor of diesel fuel."  


To purchase this diverse compilation that explores all types of cabin living please visit Taunton Press or Amazon.

Thanks to Vanessa Brunner at Houzz for her great piece on Butler Armsden's recent renovation of a 1939 William Wurster house in Pacific Heights. Read the article and take the tour here.


Swiss magazine Das Ideal Heim magazine featured our St. Helena Retreat in their September issue! See more here.

KBI coverKitchen and Bath Ideas profiled the kitchen of Butler Armsden's Carriage House project in their Spring 2013 issue.  See the entire article here.


Lewis Butler's own contemporary cabin on a Yolo County farm is featured in the Financial Times article "Outbreak of Cabin Fever" by Victoria Maw.

Read the entire story here.

Please join us, along with hundreds of school children, their families and our friends from the design and building community, on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 as we take to Ocean Beach for the 29th Annual Leap Sandcastle Contest!

Leap...arts in education was established in response to severe budget cuts in arts programs in California schools. The organization serves over 8,000 youth (primarily elementary school age) in over 40 schools in the Bay Area providing educational programs focused on music, dance, story telling, visual arts and architecture.  Leap's annual Sandcastle Contest has for nearly thirty years raised funds to support these efforts.

This year are delighted to team up again with Mr. Gelfand’s fifth grade class at George Peabody Elementary School, Yu-Strandberg Engineers, Geoffrey DeSousa Interior Design along with our new construction partner, Forde Mazzola Associates. 

We hope you'll support our fundraising efforts and educational arts programs in the public schools by becoming a Team Sponsor for the Leap Sandcastle Contest.  Note: please be sure to designate Butler Armsden in the Team Name field and help us win Top Fundraiser again this year!  Last fall our team took the honor as top fundraiser bringing in $40,000 toward the event’s total of $200,000.


Every summer Butler Armsden Architects hosts middle school students from the SummerBridge program at University High School for Career Day.  This year we were delighted to have 10 students visit our office.

This students began the day with an introduction and tour of the office,  had one-on-one breakout sessions with staff architects, and took in a lecture and slideshow lead by Lewis Butler before enjoying a pizza lunch.  In the afternoon Lewis lead them on walking tour of Pacific Heights to take in and learn about various architectural styles.  They capped off the day with a visit to the job site of one of our projects currently under construction, a William Wurster house overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

For over 30 years, SummerBridge has provided tuition-free academic enrichment and advocacy to motivated but underserved middle school students, making the best educational opportunities available to students with limited resources.  Please visit the University High School's website to read more about this terrific program.





HB_2012_JuneThe guest bath in a Pacific Heights carriage house was chosen as the Bath of the Month for the June issue of House Beautiful.  Careful space planning and creative use of striped tiling allows the bath to feel larger than its petite 37 square footage suggests.

Designed in collaboration with Angela Free Interior Design.


View more of the carriage house here.

The April issue of Coastal Living features the Stinson Beach house that Lewis Butler designed as a retreat for three generations of one San Francisco family.  David Hanson writes, "the house proves there can be serious style in simplicity...the uncluttered design and decor allows [the family] to enjoy life's simple pleasures."


Read the story.

View the project portfolio.