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Northern California Family Retreat project

Background & Philosophy

Designing a private home is an extremely rewarding and collaborative endeavor that offers each homeowner the unique opportunity to create beautiful spaces that capture their personal relationships to the physical environment. Whether your home is in a city, in the country, or somewhere in between, we believe that your space should be an expression of who you are and what you love.

When Perkins&Will and Pfau Long Architecture merged in 2019, we made the important decision to continue our residential studio. Our designs celebrate the diversity of our clients and our lasting partnerships with other design professionals, builders, and an amazingly talented group of craftspeople. Engaging our clients in an expressive and immersive dialogue that takes them on an enriching journey of discovery and exploration is the core tenet of our philosophy. Our body of work reflects a passion for celebrating the ephemeral qualities of materials and space, the collaborative processes that result in finding the best solutions, and the impact of a home’s experience on the day-to-day lives of the people who inhabit it. The results are livable, comfortable, and timeless spaces that express the personal aspirations of each client and community of users.

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We are a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is strongly committed to implementing sustainable design and construction practices. We have recently completed, or are actively engaged in, a number of green building projects, many of which exceed LEED certification standards. We believe the most important aspect of truly sustainable design is working towards creating an appropriate, thoughtful and well-conceived building design which is comfortable, doesn’t waste resources in its construction or use and is designed and built to provide lasting value. This means that we place a major emphasis on understanding the project’s needs and the environmental demands of the site to determine the best design solutions for both. The resultant building is therefore never universal but rather a unique response to the particular place and user.

“We are committed to the role of thoughtful architecture in the creation of a more sustainable future.”