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.

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.

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 San Francisco Chapter of the AIA announced at its annual awards ceremony April 14th that Butler Armsden Architects had won a Citation Award for Tiburon Bay House in the Energy and Sustainability category.  We are delighted to share this honor with our clients and the entire project team.
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Butler Armsden Architects wins in the Residential Architecture Under 3,000 s.f. Category and is featured in the February/March 2010 issue of California Home and Design. 
Yolo County Cabin was built for architect Lewis Butler’s parents in the middle of California’s agricultural heartland.  A modern take on agricultural vernacular architecture combines the traditional water tower and yard shed forms creating a modern farmhouse.