ib+a architecture was established in San Francisco in 2000. We are an award-winning firm with services that encompass everything needed to get a project built. The initial focus of the firm's work has been in multi-family housing. As the firm grew, the project types expanded to include destination retail, senior communities, single-family residential and mixed-use urban projects all around California. The firm has also been commissioned to design affordable housing, schools, and custom residential interiors.
Each project is led by one of the Principals, who stays with the project from pre-design to post-occupancy. The firm is staffed with professionals who have seen their designs built, know the challenges of the design, entitlements and construction processes, and how to best help a client's project become a success. With each project, ib+a continues its passionate pursuit of innovative ideas, design excellence and exceptional service.
As architects working primarily in an urban context, our goal is to create beautiful and sustainable additions to the built environment that surpass our clients' expectations. We aim for each project to enhance the urban context and be welcoming to its neighbors.
ib+a takes programmatic and financial parameters to form an architectural response that is both contemporary and contextually responsible. Principals lead in design and project teams remain under the direction of a principal through to completion.
ib+a has served as the one-stop design firm for several projects, providing architecture as well as award-winning interior and landscape design solutions. We strive to create outdoor and indoor spaces that communicate in the same language. We follow the same level of design excellence in everything we do.
ib+a is experienced in master planning and feasibility studies of all sizes. We have planned for institutional campuses, mixed-use communities, and whole block developments. Our goal is to create communities that engage and sustain for generations to come.
The entitlement process for any project can be arduous and testing. Our considerable experience and success in managing our clients' projects through this process continues to bring referrals to the firm. We make this process as easy for our clients as possible. Our preference is to work closely with local community groups and neighbors to ensure that our designs receive their support and pass through the entitlements process as quickly as possible.
Our staff is able to take your project into and smoothly through construction. We handle logistics, coordination, and problem solving, so projects are built in an efficient and timely manner.
"... consistently provided timely service and very complete drawings ... have a sensitivity to budget constraints and are creative in finding ways to save money while providing an attractive and sound design ... oriented to serving and protecting the client... Most importantly, I trust their opinions and feel confident that they fully understand my needs and the project goals and will help me develop the best possible project... practical firm that consistently identifies potential problems in advance and then offers workable solutions... never have been part of the problem, but have always been a major part of the solution..."
Judith W. Richards, President, Richards Development Company
"... If it had not been for your interest and outstanding effort on this project, we would not have been able to enjoy the overall results that this renovation has provided us and our tenants ..."
John G. Davis, Executive Vice President, Floyd E. Davis Company
"For over fifteen (15) years I have worked with Ian and his team on several multi family residential projects in San Francisco. Creating a successful project is a collaborative effort where the architect's design intent must balance and incorporate the ideas and wants not just of the client, but also of the neighborhood and Planning staff to achieve project approval. Ian listens and finds that balance while preserving the integrity of his designs which are meticulously crafted. His designs address a developer's need for an organized and efficient building layout and circulation in a beautiful piece of architecture. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, a keen eye, deep understanding of City codes, the respect of his peers, and a refined sophistication to the challenges of each project. I most appreciate his attention to detail, his problem solving abilities, his depth of knowledge in materials and alternatives, and his ability to address spatial relationships to create beautiful, comfortable, and functional living spaces. Just stroll through the IBA website to get a sense of the diversity of designs Ian and his team have created and brought to life. His designs, which get built, has secured him a top spot among the Bay Area's finest multi-family architects."
John McInerney III, President, Anasazi Development Company
"Ian Birchall and his team at IB+A did a great job in helping us make a dream come true. After finding a wonderful home for ourselves in Cow Hollow we were faced with the challenge to remodel the place down to the studs and reconfigure the generous floor plan to best make use of the space and take advantage of the great views. Ian must have created a dozen different designs for us before landing on the right one. He showed patience and a willingness to listen to our needs and ask the right questions to zero in on what would make us happy. As with any home remodel in San Francisco we had to jump through several hoops with city planning and negotiate a variety of contractors and interior designers. Ian's experience in navigating these waters undoubtedly saved us a lot of time and hassle. We always felt he was available and more importantly, we always felt he was on our side, advocating for his clients. We gladly give IB+A our best recommendation for your architectural and planning needs."
Brad and Ginger Coy
"After working with several different architecture and design firms over the last 20 years, we were unable to find the right fit. When we began working with Ian Birchall & Associates that changed. Previous firms were either smaller shops where meeting deadlines was challenging, or large corporate outfits with no personal touch and costs that would soar quickly (for largely administrative work). IB&A has the depth of staff to handle large and small projects alike and their level of professionalism is second to none. Attention to detail is a strong suit of IB&A as well as their knowledge of codes and the leanings of local municipality that may impact our projects. Meeting deadlines and overcoming obstacles were never an issue. Ian is involved in all projects regardless of size, bring fresh and innovative ideas to the table. This kind of individualized touch is what has kept us loyal IB&A clients for many years."
Laith Salma, Triterra Realty
"I just wanted to express my sincere compliments and appreciation for the incredible service and exceptional design we experienced when we engaged your firm to replace our front stairs. From the moment I connected with you on the telephone, you recognized the urgency of the assignment. You may recall the stairs were completely removed upon discovering extensive dry rot in the 100-year-old stairs. Essentially the primary access to our Victorian was elevated twelve feet above the ground.
Your design complemented the traditional Victorian architecture and elevated the street appeal of the home. The design combined with the engineering of a reinforced concrete foundation and structure, added strength and longevity to the house. The placement of the individual stainless-steel planter boxes with specific drainage and watering lines was well thought out. The lighting highlights the architectural details while complementing the house. The same can be said about the placement of the American Flag and its night lighting. The below stair storage is ideal for secure package delivery and building supplies.
Your knowledge and relationships in obtaining a permit for the work to be completed on a mission critical timeline was impressive. Without this we could still be waiting for a permit or engineer to sign off on the project.
IB+A’s work was exceptional. We look forward to working with you and your team in the future!"
Richard J. Leider