Dwell recently featured our Sea Ranch Escape, a renovation that "honors the landscape and emphasizes a sense of place through material integrity." Durable finishes help the home serve as a multi-generational meeting point for the owners and their children's families. The home's clear fir and floor-to ceiling windows, along with Leverone Design's careful interiors, allow it to blend with its natural surroundings. Read the full article here.

Don't miss our Inlet House featured on Dwell! This Stinson Beach House which faces the Bolinas Lagoon, is surrounded by rich wildlife and beauty. Writer Jennifer Lagdameo calls the project a "nuanced renovation" with carefully chosen updates that "perfectly integrate into the home and feel completely natural." Photos by Joe Fletcher. Read the article here.



Thrilled to see our Stinson Beach House in this weekend’s San Francisco Chronicle in a lively story by Jennifer Baum Lagdameo that perfectly captures the relationship between inside and outside; the surprisingly playful nature of our methodical approach; and the way we mixed a laidback west coast ethos with a careful and inspired east coast visual sensibility. Thanks to Dave Sturm and Glenda Flaim for seeing the project through; Joe Fletcher for the always-remarkable photos; Leilani Labong for publishing; and the Chronicle for a fantastic Sunday story. Read it in print, or online here.


“It’s this blur between built and natural, between smooth and sharp, interior and exterior, that makes the house — and its inhabitants — feel at home in Sea Ranch.” We were delighted to see our recently-completed Sea Ranch project, also featured on the cover of LUXE and in Dezeen, on ArchDaily. We’re so proud of project architect Reba Jones’ sophisticated and historically-sensitive approach to renovating this 1970’s classic home, and are excited to see it make its way into the world. Read more at ArchDaily.


We are thrilled to see the brilliant Jenna McKnight’s story on our beloved Bluff Reach, the Sea Ranch home we recently finished for a San Francisco-based couple looking for a restorative and rejuvenating weekend getaway. We loved working on this project with interior designer Matthew Leverone, and are thrilled to see new life breathed into this 1970’s Ralph Matheson project through Joe Fletcher’s photographs and Dezeen’s wonderful publication.

We're thrilled to be included in Luxe Magazine's Gold List, highlighted in their January/February 2018 issue. The Gold List recognizes and honors architects, interior designers, home builders and landscape architects from across the county who have been featured in the pages of Luxe.

Brilliant architecture and design writer Laura Mauk describes our Sea Ranch project, photographed for LUXE by Joe Fletcher, as "a house that honors its history and the dramatic landscape that surrounds it." We loved working on this renovation of a 1974 Matheson original, also renovated in the 1990's by Turnbull, bringing the local emphasis on textured siding and clean articulations into modern view. Lewis Butler, working with Reba Jones, created a courtyard shape by introducing a new building whose shape and siding are inspired by what Mauk calls the "historically agrarian vernacular." Major emphasis was given on creating sweeping open views, and almost all the windows face towards the majestic grey Pacific. Read more in the current issue of LUXE, available on stands now - or online here.

We're thrilled to be featured in this detailed and playful story by writer Mary Jo Bowling in the Winter 2017 issue of California Home + Design. "After three times at bat," Bowling says we nailed this project, our third for this storied Victorian. We're in love with the photography, by Patrik Argast, and the text - which describes us as setting out to "rewrite history as well as a new chapter for the home.” The article talks about the way Butler, working with lead architect Dave Sturm, smashed two worlds together in a collision of color, child-friendly scale, and textured sophistication. Pick up a copy on stands, or click here to read online.

KZSU Stanford 90.1 recently interviewed Lewis for the Modern Architect Podcast by Modlar. It features a new interview every week with renowned architects, influential industry veterans, and thought leaders who are helping shape design. Listen to the full interview here.

Our City Seaside Home, led by Senior Associate Dave Sturm, was recently featured in the July/August issue of Luxe Magazine. For this 1924 Mediterranean revival style remodel, we created a home in the city that feels like a beach getaway, blurring the distinction between work and vacation, town and country, and bundling them all into one relaxed residence.

Read the entire article 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.

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!

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 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!

In 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 Showcasefor 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.

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!

For the 6th year in row, Butler Armsden Architects was proud to participate in the 2012 Leap Sandcastle Competition. This annual event is Leap’s largest fundraiser to provide arts and design programs to Bay Area public schools.Butler Armsden takes pride in its valuable role in the fundraising aspect of the competition, as well as its high level of participation for the event itself. Partnering with George Peabody Elementary School, a team of Ford Mazola Builders, Yu Strandberg Engineers, and Geoff DeSousa Interior Design helped to shatter the fundraising record, and eclipse the team fundraising record of over $40K. A new record for the event! We are so pleased to benefit arts programs in this regard, and being the top fundraiser in the competition is a great achievement that we share with our wonderful team and generous sponsors.

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.

The 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.

LEAP is a San Francisco-based non-profit whose mission is to provide arts, music, design and theater programs in our public schools filling voids left by state budget cuts. Butler Armsen Architects has participated in LEAP's primary fundraiser event the annual Sandcastle Contest at Ocean Beach for the past five years. This year BAA and Dijea Poage Construction welcomed two new members to our team, Geoff De Sousa and Yu-Strandberg Engineers.  Together we raised over $40,000 for LEAP...Imagination in Learning breaking all of our previous records and once again taking home the honor of Top Fundraiser.

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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It was another great day at Ocean Beach this year as hundreds of architects, contractors, engineers and students joined forces to build sandcastles in the name of arts education in the public schools.  This year’s theme was Sand Francisco and BAA teamed up with Dijeau Poage Construction, GFDS Engineers and Mr. Gelfand's 5th Grade class at George Peabody Elementary School to create a massive sandcastle complete with curvy Lombard Street.

Reba Jones, Senior Associate at Butler Armsden Architects, was one of 25 Bay Area designers chosen to participate in a designer showcase on the 52nd floor of San Francisco's newest luxury high-rise building at 301 Mission Street.  Her room for Millennium Tower's Icons of Design showcase reinterprets the library room making it fit for the 21st century.

See more of this project here.