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What We Can Do for You

Mark Brand Architecture's award-winning architecture and interior design studio balance high design with practicality, combining understated elegance with elements of drama.

For almost 30 years, MBA has specialized in quality new homes and major residential remodels and additions. Our eclectic designs favor no single style yet incorporate a variety of influences ranging from traditional to modern with an emphasis on creativity, problem solving, quality of light and orientation to views. Artistic compositions of plane, space and form are enriched by color, texture and materials.

Our services do not end with design. We are experienced in dealing with Bay Area planning and building departments with our proven record of working well with project neighbors. Thorough project documentation and working closely with a network of trusted contractors, engineers and cost estimators enable the client to avoid costly problems during construction.

Our goal is to exceed our clients' expectations by maintaining a creative, enjoyable and efficient relationship between the owner, architect and contractor from the beginning of design through completion of construction.

Picking Up the Pieces

pi01Modern Forms and a Mix of Materials

This two-unit condominium project came our way when the owners grew tired of the fighting they witnessed between their first architect and the San Francisco Planning Department. They approached us to start the process over because they had admired our clean, modern designs as well as our reputation for being able to get our projects approved by the Planning Commission. This project included the demolition of a dilapidated older building so it automatically required the highest level of review by the Planning Department. Our design features bay windows clad in clear-finished cedar with the finish continued into the interior to create a unity of design. Interior walls of cedar appear in the top floor bathroom as well. At the interior, we used dropped ceilings and furred out walls as space defining elements. Horizontal clerestory windows, vertical lighting slots and feature walls with strategically located cutouts are used strategically to create visual interest.