Recreational Residences

by Tyler Velten

As we pack our station wagons and stow the sunscreen, many Americans are heading to a forest for one final summer adventure. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that there are nearly 7.5 million second family homes in the U.S. Predictably, the highest concentration of these homes is situated in or ... Read More


A Litany of Firsts

by Crosbie Roper

In an age of such great opportunity and advancement in the field of architecture, it’s easy to forget those who blazed the trails and cleared the path for us. So during Black History Month, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the bold career of Norma Merrick Sklarek.San Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, CABor... Read More


A Tribute to Paul Revere Williams

by Samantha Herzog

In honor of Black History Month, I wanted to pay a special tribute to architect Paul Revere Williams.  Beverly Hills Hotel ExteriorHis granddaughter Karen E. Hudson wrote Paul R. Williams, Architect; A Legacy of Style – a biography and survey of his work, and a favorite in our IKB library.  Best... Read More


The Chapel at Sea Ranch

by Samantha Herzog

Part of my job is help source inspiration for potential and upcoming projects.  For most of our projects in California, my search leads me back to the Chapel at Sea Ranch.The full exterior of the Chapel at Sea Ranch.Built by Architect and Artist James Hubbel, the chapel took 9 months to construct, with the help of loca... Read More


Life in Color: Discovering SF Architecture

by Kendall Herman

Born and bred on the East Coast, I have long been enamored of the brownstones of Boston and Brooklyn Heights. Their historical character and neighborhood charm have been, to me, unrivaled by even the most regal estates and sleek modern towers. But on a recent trip to San Francisco, the technicolor city streets tempted me aw... Read More


Living in a Lautner

by John Ike

It’s not often that you get to really test drive a piece of architecture by one of the masters.  Such was the case a few weeks ago as I caught the tail end of the Palm Springs Modernism show.  Darren Bradley, a friend and architectural photographer from San Diego was speaking at the show, and he recommended ... Read More


Off the Grid: William Wurster's Steep Ravine Cabins

by Carl Baker

Last week we were lucky enough to spend a night at Steep Ravine cabins, the humble yet perfectly sited shelters designed by William Wurster in the 1940s just above Stinson Beach in Marin. Since the Park Service took ownership of them in the 70's, the cabins have hosted a nearly continuous stream of 'campers' who pr... Read More


Documenting Architecture for People: Julius Shulman

by John Ike

I recently had my house in San Diego photographed – I’m hoping to rent it out on VRBO (or Behomm, which I just heard about recently) and needed some groovy pictures to show for it. I found a local photographer named Darren Bradley to document it. He’s an architectural photography buff, but does his photo work as a... Read More


Gone to Seed

by John Ike

As I tune up my San Diego house, the property has gone to seed. In spite of - or perhaps because of - my neglect, many of the existing hardy plants insist on prospering.  Joel's harvestUnlike Joel’s garden out here, which he cares for and chronicles dutifully, mine is at the moment living by its own rules. I took som... Read More


A Hot Tub for the Harbor

by John Ike

Work on my San Diego house is underway. It’s currently in an en plein air state, with all of its framing exposed, but I’m looking forward to the days I can relax, cook, and enjoy the Southern California breeze with a roof above my head. I recently chose the hot tub for the back porch. It will have its own small dec... Read More


The Inaugural Julia Morgan Awards

by Ike Kligerman Barkley

Last night, Ike Kligerman Barkley was recognized with the inaugural Julia Morgan Award from the ICAA-Northern California Chapter in the Commercial, Civic and Institutional Architecture category for the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building at Stanford University. A glamorous crowd descended on the spectacular Carolands for ... Read More


Bungalow Heaven

by Thomas A. Kligerman

Walk around for a while in any American town, and you’ll probably find a bungalow. Or should I say you’ll probably find a bunch, clustered together, unassuming, petite. They’re a staple of American residential architecture that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately - partly because there are so many to think about!S... Read More