How SB Architects is Redesigning Retail Into Thriving Mixed-Use Redevelopments

Despite a surplus in U.S. retail space, some developers are building more, just not in the form of malls. The target clientele: discerning professionals in pursuit of integrated pedestrian-focused developments that have all the urban trappings. These projects, often joint ventures between a housing developer and a developer with retail expertise, are sprouting up around

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Wineglasses Rising

Our wine practice is dedicated to producing designs where site sensitivity, structure and nuance are favored above all else. The combination of exceptional sites and local influences make our wine-related projects a truly wonderful place for guests. To best convey the individuality of each site, we try to be modern in our thinking and classic

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Architecture Classes for Children? Why Is It a Good Idea

“When children engage in the process of designing, they are learning to identify opportunities, frame problems, work collaboratively, explore the contexts within which a solution must work, weigh alternatives, and communicate their ideas in three dimensions,” Bruce Wright, Senior Vice President. Each year, SB Architects participates with the local school community to immerse young minds

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How Tropical Modern is Redefining Island Style Residences

SB Architects is reinterpreting traditional Caribbean architecture as many affluent home buyers ask for the laid-back look called tropical modern. Tropical modernism, a design movement in which sensitivity for local context combines with the form-making principles of modernism. This aesthetic combines the clean lines and muted color palette of contemporary design with the exotic woods

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Creating One-Of-A-Kind Extraordinary Journeys

Having worked in over 70 countries, Scott Lee’s true passion lies in experiential travel — destinations that heighten guests’ environmental and cultural awareness. Scott is President of SB Architects, an international architectural firm known for its excellence and leadership in the planning and design of global hotels, resorts, destination communities, large-scale multi-family residential and urban

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Women in Design

Empowering women and seeking to equip designers with tangible skills and real connections is a central tenet of SB Architects’ philosophy. While famous women such as Zaha Hadid, Odile Decq, and Jennifer Siegal have paved the road to the very top, we would like to highlight our designers who are making a name for themselves in San

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10 HOTEL TRENDS FOR 2017

Judging from the quantity, and quality, of work in our hospitality design pipeline, we are confident that 2017 will be another strong year for hospitality growth and development. Expect a year of creativity, collaboration and innovation, with new types of resorts, more co-branded concepts in hospitality, and a continued evolution of just what “experiential travel”

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Design Manifesto Interviews Teresa Ruiz

Multi-family expert Teresa Ruiz shares her architectural journey on modelo’s new blog, Design Manifesto. Teresa discusses becoming an architect, finding her voice as a designer and her decision to join SB Architects. Teresa Ruiz, brings to SB Architects over 15 years of architectural experience with a focus on multi-family and residential projects. At SB Architects, she

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Freemark Abbey by SB Architects for Wine Wednesday

The Rebirth of Freemark Abbey – A Photo Journal

Following an extensive renovation, the acclaimed Freemark Abbey winery in California’s Napa Valley has reopened to reveal a total transformation of its century-old stone building, which now houses a high-end restaurant and visitor center. San Francisco firms SB Architects and BraytonHughes Design Studio led the design of the project, which pays homage to Freemark Abbey’s

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SB Architects’ Hotel Trends for 2016: A Second Look

At the beginning of the year, I took a look at four key trends impacting the design of hotels and resorts in 2016:         authentic, immersive, curated experiences         wellness as a lifestyle         recasting iconic properties for a new generation         the move toward contemporary design in hospitality As we head into the second quarter, I wanted to

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