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Berkus Design Studio
2020 Alameda Padre Serra
Suite 133
Santa Barbara, California
T: 805.963.8901
F: 805.966.6846

Market Street at DC Ranch
Building C-110
20875 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ   85255
T: 480.473.8600
F: 480.473.2044
bds at berkusdesignstudio dot com


Barry A. Berkus, A.I.A., is the founder and President of B3 Architects and Berkus Design Studio, has remained on the forefront of residential design in this country and abroad for over forty years. Involved in a broad range of projects, including more than 600,000 residences, resort and master planned communities, urban infill, commercial and institutional projects, and custom homes, Berkus has promoted and advanced the role of architect as planner and designer of neighborhoods and communities, and has redefined living patterns in housing. The Berkus name has become synonymous with innovation, and Berkus teams have received more than 300 design and planning awards from regional, national and international competitions. Based in Santa Barbara, California, his design and planning practice has had offices in New York, Los Angeles, Irvine, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Miami, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo.* Through his educational efforts, extensive publication and architectural practice, Mr. Berkus has stood for the opportunity to live and work in stimulating spaces. He has been featured in USA Today, Money, Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Art News , and Architectural Digest , which named him one of the world's 'top 100 architects' in 1991. Professional Builder honored him as the most innovative architect in the area of housing in the United States. In 1999, Builder magazine counted Berkus as one of the 100 most influential individuals in the past century of American housing, and the readers of Residential Architect selected Berkus as one of the ten most significant figures of 20th century residential architecture. Mr. Berkus has authored Architecture, Art, Parallels, Connections, a book that examines basic design principles as they are revealed in works of art and relates those principles to both the built and un-built environment. Mr. Berkus' second book, House Design, Barry A. Berkus, Sculpting Space was released in December of 2002.   This book offers a diverse sampling of the many custom homes Mr. Berkus has designed.

Mr. Berkus' influence has not been limited to domestic architecture in the United States; his interest in building systems has spearheaded extensive research and development of modular housing and the study of building methods abroad. In Japan, his work has extended from the planning and design of new towns to developing the current building codes for framed construction. Other international projects have included the planning of communities in Malaysia, master planning of residential villages for EuroDisney in France, and a provincial government commissioned plan for the redevelopment of the waterfront Expo site in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Berkus has lectured in Asia, Europe, and the United States at university symposia on the future of the built environment. He was the keynote speaker for the 25 th anniversary of Weyerhouser in Japan, and a featured speaker at the 50 th anniversary of the Urban Land Institute. He has served on a subcommittee of the National Academy of Sciences reviewing the certification of building technology, and a sub-panel of the National Institute of Building Sciences. He served on the Policy Advisory Board for Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute. In 1984 Berkus teams designed, supervised construction and built a temporary village for Olympic athlete housing for the 1984 Summer Olympics at Lake Casitas, California. Mr. Berkus also served as the Commissioner of Rowing for the 1984 Olympics. In 2005, Mr. Berkus was an inductee into Builder's Choice Hall of Fame.