For over 35 years House + House Architects have crafted intimate, personal architecture. Through careful analysis, Steven and Cathi House mold each project into a unique, magical and harmonious environment. Deeply sensitive to elements of form, color, natural light, and movement, House + House creates a tangible spirit within each home, molded to the process of living. Committed to sustainability, their work focuses on enduring design principles incorporating natural light and ventilation, passive solar heating, grey/rain water systems, recycled materials, the development of microclimates and strong connections to the outdoors.
House + House has produced a diverse body of work reflecting their passion for site specific, well choreographed buildings in California, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. In 1989 "Architecture" magazine featured House + House in their Discovery Issue on emerging talent. Since then, they have received over 50 design awards and their work has been featured in numerous national and international publications including two monographs, "House + House Architects: Choreographing Space" (1999) and "Houses in the Sun: light movement embrace" (2008). Steven and Cathi have lectured extensively throughout the United States and Mexico, and both have served on the Dean's Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. They have established CASA, The Center for Architecture, Sustainability + Art, a study abroad program based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
For over 40 years they have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America documenting vernacular architecture. Their stunning book, "Mediterranean Villages: An Architectural Journey", (2004), celebrates their investigations of villages throughout the Mediterranean - the hilltowns of central Italy, the Aegean Islands of Greece, the Dalmatian coast and the Andalusian region of southern Spain. Their most recently published book, "Villages of West Africa: an intimate journey across time" (2018), documents the people, land, villages, textiles and vernacular architecture across seven countries in West Africa.
Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Home Additions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, New Home Construction, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, Custom Homes
Alameda, Albany, Belvedere, Belvedere Tiburon, Berkeley, Brisbane, Colma, Corte Madera, Daly City, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Larkspur, Marin City, Mill Valley, Muir Beach, Oakland, Piedmont, Richmond, San Francisco, Sausalito, South San Francisco, Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, Tiburon, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, Mendocino County, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
AIA Accessibility is Beautiful Design Award, AIA Housing Award, AIA East Bay Award, ASID Grand Award, Custom Home Award, Met Home of the Year Award, California Home & Design Award, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Award, Builder's Choice Design Award, Gentry Home Excellence Design Award