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FIRM PROFILE

Founded in San Francisco in 1980, Gast Architects is a service-oriented practice specializing in custom residential homes and renovations, including both contemporary solutions and the sensitive restoration and adaptation of historic properties. We offer comprehensive architectural services and take pride in the close working relationships we develop with our clients in responding to their needs, taste, budget and schedule, while maintaining architectural design excellence. Sustainable design strategies are integral to the design process, and several on our team are experienced LEED Accredited Professionals.

Our projects range in scope from the development of large country properties and inner city whole house renovations to more modest additions to and remodeling of existing housing in styles from warm modern to traditional.  We enjoy, and are skilled at, working with the limitations and opportunities inherent in renovating or adding to existing structures.  Our long-term relationships with contractors, craftspeople and consultants strengthen the trust and effective team communication necessary for producing superior results. 

Having practiced in the Bay Area for decades, we know the local Planning and Building agencies and their staffs, and how to work with them to secure code interpretations before problems arise.  We have represented our clients successfully before commissions, design review panels and appeal boards, and are adept at moving our projects through the approvals maze.  Gast Architects is licensed in California, Hawaii, New York, and Louisiana.  We are honored to participate in the San Francisco Green Business program.

 
 
 

TEAM

  David Gast, AIA, LEED AP Principal David came out to California from the East Coast to attend Stanford, moved to San Francisco after graduation, and has been trying to achieve native status ever since.  After several years of experience working at the Community Design Center and local architectural firms, four years as a carpenter and general contractor, and an apprenticeship to a furniture maker, David launched Gast Architects in 1980.  When not engaged in the firm’s work, David enjoys spending time with his partner, Elena, and his three grown children, kayaking, hiking and exploring the City.

 

David Gast, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

David came out to California from the East Coast to attend Stanford, moved to San Francisco after graduation, and has been trying to achieve native status ever since.  After several years of experience working at the Community Design Center and local architectural firms, four years as a carpenter and general contractor, and an apprenticeship to a furniture maker, David launched Gast Architects in 1980.  When not engaged in the firm’s work, David enjoys spending time with his partner, Elena, and his three grown children, kayaking, hiking and exploring the City.

  Dennis Budd, AIA, LEED AP Principal Dennis is a well-rounded designer and project architect at Gast Architects who holds Architecture and English degrees from Tulane. Before even having his New Jersey driver’s license, he worked summers learning the ropes of various construction trades, and subsequently as a building contractor prior to practice as an architect. He built a family house, a childhood dream and personal laboratory of contemporary expression, here in San Francisco.

 

Dennis Budd, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Dennis is a well-rounded designer and project architect at Gast Architects who holds Architecture and English degrees from Tulane. Before even having his New Jersey driver’s license, he worked summers learning the ropes of various construction trades, and subsequently as a building contractor prior to practice as an architect. He built a family house, a childhood dream and personal laboratory of contemporary expression, here in San Francisco.

  John Oliver, AIA, LEED AP Principal John has followed his passion for architectural design, fine detailing, technology, project management and pleasing clients for almost 40 years.  Early on, he worked for several prominent architects and had his own San Francisco office for more than a decade.  He joined Gast Architects in 1996 and serves as Principal, mentor, and technical backstop while subjecting colleagues to his special form of dry humor and quiet enthusiasm. He is an avid black and white large format photographer, backpacker, traveler and researcher with a keen interest in the architecture and culture of ancient civilizations.   He lives with his wife Ronnie in their Edwardian home on the slopes of Bernal Heights in San Francisco.

 

John Oliver, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

John has followed his passion for architectural design, fine detailing, technology, project management and pleasing clients for almost 40 years.  Early on, he worked for several prominent architects and had his own San Francisco office for more than a decade.  He joined Gast Architects in 1996 and serves as Principal, mentor, and technical backstop while subjecting colleagues to his special form of dry humor and quiet enthusiasm. He is an avid black and white large format photographer, backpacker, traveler and researcher with a keen interest in the architecture and culture of ancient civilizations.   He lives with his wife Ronnie in their Edwardian home on the slopes of Bernal Heights in San Francisco.

 
  Peter Diune Associate Peter is inspired and influenced by the transformation of natural materials through thoughtful detailing and building technology processes.  In addition to his role as a designer, Peter leads our team in ArchiCAD education and development. He is actively involved in the design and construction of parklets throughout San Francisco.

 

Peter Diune

Associate

Peter is inspired and influenced by the transformation of natural materials through thoughtful detailing and building technology processes.  In addition to his role as a designer, Peter leads our team in ArchiCAD education and development. He is actively involved in the design and construction of parklets throughout San Francisco.

  Leah Baker Designer An east coast transplant, Leah comes to San Francisco with a passion for residential design following completion of her architecture degree at the University of Tennessee.  When she’s not brightening up the office with bold and colorful outfits, she can be found exploring the city, dancing, snowboarding, and otherwise adventuring.

 

Leah Baker

Designer

An east coast transplant, Leah comes to San Francisco with a passion for residential design following completion of her architecture degree at the University of Tennessee.  When she’s not brightening up the office with bold and colorful outfits, she can be found exploring the city, dancing, snowboarding, and otherwise adventuring.

  Camilla Blomqvist Associate A Swedish native, Camilla brings to Gast Architects a love of contemporary architecture and a great skill in honing the poetic language of color and materials.  A globetrotter at heart, she spent 17 years in Hawaii before moving to San Francisco.  When she’s not designing, she can be found foraging for mushrooms.     

 

Camilla Blomqvist

Associate

A Swedish native, Camilla brings to Gast Architects a love of contemporary architecture and a great skill in honing the poetic language of color and materials.  A globetrotter at heart, she spent 17 years in Hawaii before moving to San Francisco.  When she’s not designing, she can be found foraging for mushrooms.     

 
  Trevor Brown Designer Trevor moved to Oakland, CA from Rye, New York after graduating from Pratt Institute. He spent two years refining his carpentry skills in the East Bay hills, and then worked for Glenn Reynolds Design and Walker & Moody Architects for 17 years. Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, skiing, biking, and getting the high score on classic pinball and video games.

 

Trevor Brown

Designer

Trevor moved to Oakland, CA from Rye, New York after graduating from Pratt Institute. He spent two years refining his carpentry skills in the East Bay hills, and then worked for Glenn Reynolds Design and Walker & Moody Architects for 17 years. Trevor enjoys spending time with his wife Lisa, skiing, biking, and getting the high score on classic pinball and video games.

  Elyssa Estrada Designer Elyssa is a California native enjoying the diverse urban lifestyle San Francisco has to offer.  An architecture graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Elyssa advances the firm's technological prowess in 3D visualization and relishes contemporary projects. Outside the office, Elyssa studies dance with renowned choreographers around the city.

 

Elyssa Estrada

Designer

Elyssa is a California native enjoying the diverse urban lifestyle San Francisco has to offer.  An architecture graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, Elyssa advances the firm's technological prowess in 3D visualization and relishes contemporary projects. Outside the office, Elyssa studies dance with renowned choreographers around the city.

  Eric Hartz, AIA, LEED AP Director of Operations Eric joined Gast Architects after more than a decade at David Milling Architects, where he was a partner.  Eric focuses on strategic planning, marketing, and finances.  He enjoys meditating, singing, painting, and keyboard practice.

 

Eric Hartz, AIA, LEED AP

Director of Operations

Eric joined Gast Architects after more than a decade at David Milling Architects, where he was a partner.  Eric focuses on strategic planning, marketing, and finances.  He enjoys meditating, singing, painting, and keyboard practice.

 
 

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