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Eric Hsu

Intermediate Designer

B.Arch | Rice University

Eric grew up in Irvine, California, where he was inspired by William Pereira’s heroic concrete buildings on the campus of UC Irvine. He has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Rice University in Houston, Texas. Before joining Butler Armsden in 2021, he worked on large ground-up museums and residential villas at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. After moving to the Bay Area, Eric worked on office buildings, apartment complexes, ADUs, and historically sensitive renovations of Craftsman and Victorian houses at Buchanan Opalach Architects and Heather Young Architects. Eric has designed and permitted projects in many parts of the Bay Area, including Alameda, Oakland, San Francisco, Palo Alto, Piedmont, and Woodside.

Eric believes that the best part about architectural design is the opportunity to make things better. He appreciates the work of Valerio Olgiati for its strong forms and materiality. His favorite work of architecture is Casa Malaparte on the isle of Capri in Italy, a house that fuses with the rocky landscape beneath it.

Eric enjoys traveling in his free time, and was able to explore Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan as part of the KPF Traveling Fellowship. He also loves reading Wikipedia and is constantly on the hunt for interesting articles about prehistoric life forms and absurd historical events.