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Charles attended Atelier Venezia taught by Italian modernist Leonardo Ricci and received his Bachelor of Architecture on full scholarship with high honors from University of Kentucky. He received his Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania in 1997.
A travel scholarship also enabled him to study in London, Paris and Switzerland where he examined both the modern and ancient architecture which informs his design. He was also introduced to winery design in France while visiting the Burgundy region.
Inspired by the Old World agriculture and architecture, upon returning to Kentucky he trained with a master stonemason. In 2002 he moved to the Napa Valley pursuing an architecture practice close to the land. He worked for six years with Howard Backen designing Ovid Winery and homes featured in Architectural Digest and other publications.
Community-oriented work has included a facility for homeless companion and farm animals, an earth-constructed migrant farmworker housing center, designs for Habitat for Humanity and Rural Design Assistance Teams.
Charles launched his St. Helena, California firm in 2010 dedicated to design excellence and client service. A growing number of repeat clients cite their appreciation of his style and professionalism. Successfully completed project types to date include residential, winery, hospitality, agricultural, and commercial buildings.
Michelle is a licensed architect in the state of California with over 12 years of experience in the Bay Area. She is a hardworking and dedicated individual who believes in providing quality service to her clients and delivering successful projects across the finish line. She has excellent skills in project management, scheduling, balancing design with the budget, as well as architectural design, space planning, and interior design.
Her previous experience includes over four years as Project Manager and Architect at William Duff Architects (WDA), and over five years as an Associate Designer and Project Coordinator at Hornberger + Worstell (HWI). At WDA, Michelle primarily worked on ground-up high-end single family residences as well as remodels. At HWI, she developed a broad portfolio of projects from master planning, hospitality, higher education, to the renovation of one of San Francisco’s historic landmarks into luxury condominiums. She has managed complex projects and teams on tight schedules and always delivers quality drawings.
Michelle graduated with high honors from UC Berkeley with her Bachelor degree in Architecture and received her Masters in Architecture from California College of the Arts. Her Masters thesis focused on the future of the sprawling city, redefining the public transportation system to lessen the reliance on automobiles, thereby reclaiming the street for green open space.
Michelle believes strongly in professional development and growing the profession. Over the years she has become a licensed architect and a LEED accredited professional. She has been an active member in the AIA SF Mentorship program, and has mentored emerging professionals on their licensing exams. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she taught an architecture studio at a local juvenile hall through the Cornerstone for Education Foundation.
She has participated in the Architects, Engineers, and Contractors Softball League in San Francisco for ten years of which she was captain of the last three. She participates in community activities including gardening at Garden for the Environment, fundraisers for high school architecture programs, Canstruction food-drives, and Petchitecture. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike, garden, play softball and tennis, practice photography, and create delicious recipes.
Brian is a licensed architect with over 12 years of experience. Building off a strong base of varied interests such as music, construction, and furniture making, Brian draws on these influences in his work. With experience in a variety of project types such as wineries, agricultural, and residential projects, Brian brings strong project management and keen attention to detail to every project. Brian believes that service to his client’s needs includes an understanding of how to make the project serve the future and surrounding community as well.
Brian completed his undergraduate at Middlebury with a B.A. in Architecture with minors in music and math, graduating with honors. He also attended the Paris – New York architecture study abroad program via Columbia University. Not ready to settle down to architecture just yet, he attended Mills College for a Master in Music Composition, with his thesis revolving around the connection between architecture and music. After stints at Yestermorrow, Arcosanti, and Penland School of Crafts experimenting in carpentry, concrete work, and fine furniture building, he returned to architecture and completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Oregon. He continues to seek out opportunities to further his technical expertise in the field, particularly in high-performing sustainable structures, and has recently become a certified Passive House Designer.
A native of New Mexico, he is strongly influenced by and connected to the beauty of nature, and is always looking for ways to spend more time outside, whether it’s in his garden or in the great outdoors.
Copyright 2018 by Charles Covell