"The nature of our residential architecture is based on a poetic vision of our craft. A way of thinking, a natural extension that allows for an architecture co-generated with artistry.

We believe that the expressive, environmental and historical foundation is the grid which organizes the particular ideas for each project.  

Our residential architecture is sensitive to the circumstances of the project, engaging the idyllic qualities of the place and the evocative quality of materials and light – we create architecture that engages the imagination and evokes the emotions that only art can trigger.

By avoiding the transience of novelty, our firm instead strives for unique answers, particular forms which are profoundly rooted in discovery. We believe the more particular the response, the more cultural value the project has."

-Bernardo Urquieta

Recent News/Articles

Bernardo Urquieta on Drawing and Design, The Architects’ Take, 2017.

The Best Residential Architects in San Francisco, SF Architects, 2017.

The Next Decade for Silicon Valley, Huffington Post, 2016, updated 2017.

Pier 70 Embarcadero San Francisco Pen and Ink Illustration


- Silver Medal in Residential Architecture, GAVA Awards, 2011.

- Urban Design Honor Award for Pier 70 Master Plan, The American Institute of Architects California Council, 2009.

- Award of Honor for Design Excellence on Alusa Print Company Project, “Best of the Bay and Beyond”, 1997.

The American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter, 1997.

- Merit Award for Excellence in Design, The American Institute of Architects California Council, 1993.

- Honor Award for Wood Design, American Forest & Paper Association, American Wood Council, 1993.

- Interior Design Award of Honor for Beaver Street Residence, Sunset Magazine, 1992.


“De inspiración chilota”, Casa, July 2007.

“Humboldt National Aquarium”, El Mercurio, April 2007.

“Lake St, Residence”, San Francisco Chronicle, February 2006.

Design Within Reach catalogs, Winter 2006.

“Tennessee Street Lofts”, Small Firms, Great Projects, San Francisco Magazine/AIA publication, 2006.

“Urquieta Smythe Residence”, Home, Oxmoor House/Sunset Books, Pottery Barn, 2005.

Williams Sonoma catalog, Fall 2005.

“Ward and Kahn Residences”, Small Firms, Great Projects, San Francisco Magazine/AIA publication, 2005.

“Lake St Residence”, Dining Spaces, Oxmoor House/Sunset Books, published for Pottery Barn, 2004.

“Lake St Residence”, Workspaces, Oxmoor House/Sunset Books, published for Pottery Barn, 2004.

“Un arquitecto chileno seducido por la bahia”, El Mercurio, November 3, 2002.

“Lake St. Residence”, Dwell, June 2002.

“Redig Residence”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2002.

“Lake St. Residence”, San Francisco Chronicle, May 2001.

“Alusa Printing”, New York Times, September 1997.

“Alusa Printing”, Capital, April 1997. Santiago, Chile.

“Alusa Printing”, VAS Magazine, October 1996. Santiago, Chile.

“Alusa Printing”, Revista Diseño, October 1996. Santiago, Chile.

“Lake St. Residence”, Brava Casa, March 1996. Milan, Italy.

“Lake St. Residence”, HDB, Crown Publishers, Inc., 1996. New York.

“Smith Residence”, ML Magazine, September 1996. Tokyo, Japan.

“Casa Urquieta”, Revista Diseño, March, 1995. Santiago, Chile.

“West Coast Living”, ML Magazine, October 1995. Tokyo, Japan.

“Lake St. Residence”, Conrad Books, 1994 and 1995. London, England.

“Light Work”, San Francisco Examiner, May 16, 1993.

“Lodged on a Precarious Site”, Progressive Architecture, September 1993.

“On the Sunny Side”, Elle Decor, February/March 1992. United States.

“Auf der Sonnen Seite”, Elle Decoration, May 1992. Stuttgart, Germany.

“Santa Clarita Civic Center”, Architecture Magazine, September 1991.

“Light Minded”, SF Magazine, October 1990.