Led by Richard Beard, FAIA, Richard Beard Architects is a studio that focuses on the design of private residences and other special commissions. A growing group of design professionals, we bring recognized expertise creating distinctive custom homes, as well as luxury multifamily communities and specialty commercial and hospitality environments.



Our Approach

Our studio's work is significantly informed by how architecture can integrate with interior and landscape design, to achieve a unified design that exceeds the sum of its parts.

We begin every project with personal interaction and exchange—a bit old school, as we pride ourselves in our ability to really listen. Every client relationship is tailor-made, and every solution site-specific. This dialogue continues with an assessment of the site, culture, sustainability, and context. It’s an interactive process, enjoyable and creative; artful and engaging and always inspiring.

In addition to our custom homes clients, we've collaborated with companies as diverse as Mumm Napa Valley, Polo Ralph Lauren, Half Century More Tokyo, the National Park Service and Agassi-Graff, LLC.

About Richard

With a father who was both a contractor and developer, and a grandfather who was a land planner, Richard was surrounded by architecture and design from an early age.

The history of architecture particularly intrigued him: how it reflected various cultures and shaped public and private lives, feeling and emotion. Formerly with BAR Architects since 1980 and as a partner since 1991, Richard was elevated in 2010 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of the practice of architecture.

Richard is registered to practice architecture in California, Texas, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, New York, Florida, and Massachusetts. He resides in San Francisco.