About Architecture Studio
My fascination with architecture and the world of design began when I was a child. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I was introduced to the theater by my parents, who were literature aficionados. From those days, I recall seeing the stage sets up-close for the first time and being completely fascinated. Since the sets were created by stage designers and architects, I quickly became captivated with the design profession.
Another source of my inspiration was the city of Buenos Aires with its skylines of mansard roofs, with illuminated windows and balconies, and the corner copulas along the wide avenues and city parks. Fashion was also a big part of my early life as I learned to design clothing and to appreciate fabrics and the significance of precision and creativity.
By the time I was nine years old, my heart was set on becoming an architect — a dream that I realized when I studied architecture at Arizona State University. I was fortunate to attend the classes of Professor Jeffrey Cook, an avid proponent of environmentally-conscious architecture. From him, I learned that, whenever possible, the architect’s duty is to lead the client through the path that conserves resources. His teachings guided me to focus on promoting energy-efficiency by designing buildings that take advantage of the natural light, passive solar heating and well-designed air circulation. All of my architectural designs possess several of these qualities as I constantly search for ways to create beautifully detailed architecture, while minimizing the environmental impact of man-made structures.
In the spring of 1983, I opened my architectural practice in Marin County, California. My design work has covered a wide variety of architectural styles, building types and sizes for commercial and residential projects. Also, through my own interior, furniture and product designs, I often complement and broaden my clients’ expectations of their projects. I take enormous pleasure in collaborating with my diverse clientele, in the opportunities to introduce them, and builders, to new ideas, and in sharing my passion for seamless design continuity.
Besides the excitement that the design of a new building brings, I greatly enjoy giving new life to historical structures, with the endless attention to detail that they require, and the opportunity of conserving resources through reuse of materials. As a Certified Green Building Professional, I take a special interest in working with affordable technologies that preserve the environment. One of my primary goals is to design environments that reflect my clients’ visions and aspirations while guiding them towards “zero energy” consumption.
Out of all my early experiences and a prolific and dedicated architecture and interior design practice, I have come to view each building as a stage-set where peoples’ lives unfold. Understanding and assessing a client’s needs are the keys to design success, because I feel that a building should be as unique as the individuals that live in it and should provide a personal, comfortable and safe haven for their lives and their daily activities to take place. The home, more than any other building, represents the pinnacle of what I strive to create in any building for each of my clients—an environmentally conscious dwelling that suits their personal lifestyle.
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- 2020 “The Modern Residence” – Inspired Modern Homes Imagined and Designed by the Nation’s Leading Architects
Intermedia Publishing Services, Inc.
- 2007 “Dream Homes of Northern California”
Panache Partners Coffee Table Book
- 1986 “Renovation Style” by Joanna Krotz”
Villard Books, Hunter Residence, Ross CA
- 2008 “Marin Magazine” july issue: Pool House Perfection
- 2004 “Custom Home Outdoors,” Spring 2004, Deercrossing Residence-San Rafael, CA
- 2002 “California Home & Design,” October Issue, Deercrossing Residence-San Rafael, CA
- 1999 “Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine,” December Issue, Gregson Residenc-Kentfield, CA
- 1999 “Design/Build,” October Issue, Gregson Residence-Kentfield, CA
- 1998 “Design/Build,” December Issue, Healy Residence-Point Reyes, CA
- 1996 “Designers Illustrated,” September Issue, An Artist’s Bathroom-San Rafael, CA
- 1996 “Signal,” September Issue, Sundial House-Point Reyes, CA
- 1994 “Better Homes & Gardens,” January Issue, Brinton Residence-San Anselmo, CA
- 1994 “Better Homes & Gardens Remodeling Ideas,” Summer Issue, Erickson Residence, San Anselmo-CA
- 1993 “Sunset Magazine,” May Issue, Halsey Residence-Tiburon, CA
- 1991 “Home Magazine,” September Issue, Buchanan Residence-Ross, CA
- 1990 “Sunset Magazine,” February Issue, Buchanan Residence-Ross, CA
- 1990 “Better Homes & Gardens,” July Issue, Halsey Residence-Tiburon, CA
- 1989 “Sunset Magazine,” November Issue, Mandel Residence-Ross, CA
- 1989 “Traditional Home,” August Issue, Merrill Residence-Kentfield, CA
- 1989 “Better Homes & Gardens Remodeling Ideas,” Summer Issue, Mandel Residence-Ross, CA
- 1988 “Kitchen and Bath Business Magazine,” January Issue, Chennell House-San Francisco, CA
- 1988 “Better Homes & Gardens Remodeling Ideas,” Spring Issue, Merrill Residence-Kentfield, CA 1
- 1984 “Metropolitan Home Magazine,” May Issue, Hunter Residence-Ross, CA
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Recognition of Merit
- “Small Firms Great Projects,” 1992 – present
- Architecture Profiles Gallery, 1995 -1998
- City of San Rafael 2007 Design Award of Excellence
- 2002 California Home & Design – Architecture Achivement Award
- 1999 Gold Nugget Award: “Best in the West Award of Merit”
- 1999 KBB Magazine Kitchen of the Year “Honorable Mention”
- 1998 Gold Nugget Award: “Best in the West Award of Merit”
- 1994 Honorable Mention Award in the Gypsum Association Drywall Construction Competition
- 1984 Design International Award of Achievement in the Field of Architecture