Full Testimonials

JAN 1, 2021

“I have had the pleasure of working with Ian Birchall and Associates on two multi-family projects - one in San Francisco and one in Napa. Ian’s expertise is evident not only in his eye for form and beauty, but also in his understanding of the development process and financial realities of getting a project built. Ian goes above and beyond. Our San Francisco project is on the site of a historic landmark which presented an uncommon set of challenges. Ian was instrumental in ushering the project through the approval process: meeting with politicians, speaking at hearings (several), collaborating with our land use attorney and historical consultants. His ability to craft creative solutions in both design and process have helped get us get over more than one set of unexpected hurdles. Ian has also surrounded himself with a gifted team. I have been particularly impressed with Lisa Espinosa, who’s attention to detail, timing and follow-through kept all of our consulting engineers on their toes and on time. I have worked with several other architects over the years, but have never encountered one to behave like a true partner, as Ian does. I heartily recommend Ian Birchall and Associates.”

          Elaine A. Reyff, Chief Financial Officer, Tusker Corporation  (Client since 2017)

          Projects: 3620 Buchanan; 1124 Foster Rd.; Tusker Offices

“… your work and service is over the top….. you always work a miracle…”

          John Foster, President, Foster Interstate Media Inc (Client since 1999)

          Projects: Oakland Coliseum; Oakland Airport; Chicago Digital Sign Network; Union Landing Signage; Nasa Ames Signage; City of La Palma Signage; Bay Bridge Signage; Oakland Army Base Signage; City of Oakland Signage; Roseville Signage; Oakland Zoo Signage; Bay Bridge Signage; Caltrans Signage


“We have developed about 35 buildings over the past 25 years. IB+A stands above our experience with all other architectural firms we have used. Creative designs, imaginative problem solving, strong client representation with the general and subcontractors, attention to detail, superb follow-up, responsiveness, clear and thorough plans and specifications, consistently excellent work are among their hallmarks... We simply can't say enough good things about IB+A, and we would use them again without reservation of any kind.”

          John McInerney III, President, Anasazi Development Company

          Projects: 1600 Webster; 1601 Larkin; 8 Jordan

"… 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… Meeting deadlines and overcoming obstacles were never an issue… This kind of individualized touch is what has kept us loyal IB&A clients for many years."

          Laith Salma, Triterra Realty

          Projects: 479-499 Ellis; 1751 Fulton; 1769 Fulton; 3155 Broderick;  3347 Fillmore

"... consistently provided timely service and very complete drawings... oriented to serving and protecting the client... 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

          Project: Washington Food Distribution Center

"... 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

          Project: Georgetown Square Mall

"… Ian's experience....undoubtedly saved us a lot of time and hassle…we always felt he was on our side, advocating for his clients..."

          Brad and Ginger Coy

          Project: Coy Private Residence

"...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…"

          Richard J. Leider, Co-Founder, Anvil Builders

          Project: 1523 Baker

“…you have so exceeded my expectations…..”

          T. W. Starkweather, Alta Vista Development (Client since 2001)

          Projects: Weber Point Grill; Valley Oak Senior Housing; San Ramon Assisted Living; 


“…you have succeeded where two other architects failed….”

          Mike Amin 

          Project: San Mateo Amerisuites Hotel