Principals + Corporate Officers

Federico Engel

Managing Principal

B.A. Architecture l University of California Berkeley

Licensed Architect in CA l 2009

LEED AP for Homes l 2012


Federico has been with Butler Armsden Architects since 2004. He attended UC Berkeley and received his architecture license in 2009. A native of Argentina, Federico landed with his family in the Sunset District of San Francisco in 1991. He fell in love with the diversity and urban, natural context of the Bay Area, and has lived here ever since.

As he explains to his PhD. microbiologist parents, Federico combines design with a scientific approach that tests architectural solutions against a set of parameters to find the optimal solution. Each project begins with Federico carefully listening to the client and gathering information, before translating that into a design vision. While he’s a modernist at heart, this process allows each project to develop a unique aesthetic and language. These principles are applied to every phase of the process from engineers to artisans to ensure that quality and design integrity is maintained through every step of the project.

Over the last decade, Federico has worked on numerous residential projects in San Francisco and throughout the Bay Area. His Lagoon House, which has been featured in Luxe Magazine, blurs the transition between inside and out, and seamlessly integrates the surrounding Stinson Beach landscape. His Cow Hollow Townhouse, with its striking stone façade, utilizes a reverse floor plan consisting of living on the top to enjoy the views, and bedrooms below. Other notable projects include a Pacific Heights home that previously housed the French consulate, and a historic Queen Anne Victorian in the Buena Vista Heights neighborhood.

Federico is passionate about design at all levels and he is grateful for the last 16 years that have given him the opportunity to collaborate with such an amazing group of clients, co-workers, engineers and craftspeople to create homes throughout the Bay Area. Federico resides in Alameda with his wife and two sons and in his free time can be found fixing up their 1890 victorian or paddling in the bay with his kids.