PROFILE

Bildsten Architecture and Planning has a singular vision:
To imagine, design, and build complete environments that contribute to the community.  

We take a multidisciplinary approach to all our projects.

Upon founding the firm in 2014, Ellen encouraged long-time friends and colleagues Windward Engineering and the Santa Barbara Contractors Association to join in finding a building to share for collaborative studio space. They found and renovated a small office building in the industrial part of town, reserving the central area for shared kitchen, bathrooms and conference area. Weekly potluck lunch in the shared kitchen keeps everyone in good communication and sharing ideas with one another.

One August evening in 2014 after the ending of her partnership firm and the ensuing shuttling of furniture and documents to the new studio building, Ellen - together with her family - discovered Telegraph Brewery just down the industrial alley from the new space. In the glow of the moment, and with well-deserved beer and food truck tacos in hand, a weekly architect’s meetup was born. To this day, every Friday after work, Ellen and friends and colleagues gather to support the local scene, celebrate another great week, and exchange experiences and ideas.

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VISION & APPROACH

Ellen Bildsten, Architect AIA is actively involved in building community.  She and her architecture team are committed to improving Santa Barbara through thoughtful planning and architecture. If you find these ideas and visions for Santa Barbara interesting and want to know more specifics about the opportunities to design and construct projects that contribute, please get in touch. Together we can make a positive difference in our community! If you’re thinking about a construction or renovation project in the Santa Barbara area, talk to a local Architect. We are familiar with the many local building codes, design review requirements, structural and energy considerations that will streamline the design and permitting process of your project. Getting these correct from the start will save significant time and expense during construction. A well-designed, permitted building which maximizes real estate investment will be the result. 

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES

With its natural beauty, temperate climate and limited geographic size, Santa Barbara is well suited to support a carbon neutral lifestyle. Residents of all ages who bike or walk to daily destinations tend to have strong connections to their neighborhood and community. Studies have shown that this kind of lifestyle contributes to overall happiness and health. In order to build this kind of sustainable community, there must be a vital combination of housing, workplaces, schools and shops within walking distance of one another, an essential combination for us to achieve in Santa Barbara.

SERVICES

Our concept of a vibrant architecture practice involves collaboration with related fields of design and construction.  

 

CONTACT

Together with our friends at Santa Barbara Contractors Association and Windward Engineering, we located a building in the up-and-coming industrial part of Santa Barbara.  Renovations to modernize and open the space to air and light have yielded a creative, collaborative dynamic among all of us in the building.

OLIVE STUDIO
424 Olive Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
TEL. 805.845.2646

Contact our firm to discuss your project.  We typically come to the site to meet you, hear your ideas and offer strategies and initial ideas on how best to achieve your goals with timing, budget and great design in mind.

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TEAM

ELLEN BILDSTEN Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP

ELLEN BILDSTEN
Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP

ERICA OBERTELLI Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

ERICA OBERTELLI
Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

BILL LUTTER Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

BILL LUTTER
Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

REJANE LEAO Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

REJANE LEAO
Project Management & Design, Assoc. AIA

PRESENT & PAST INTERNS

ARIEL SAADAT Graduate UCSB

ARIEL SAADAT
Graduate UCSB

GAYLE SCHUMACHER M. Arch I UCLA

GAYLE SCHUMACHER
M. Arch I UCLA

FOREST MCMILLIN M. Arch USC

FOREST MCMILLIN
M. Arch USC

TIM WHITE B. Arch SCI-Arc

TIM WHITE
B. Arch SCI-Arc

ALI IWASHITA Graduate UCSB 

ALI IWASHITA
Graduate UCSB 

EMMA SCHOTT Dos Pueblos High School

EMMA SCHOTT
Dos Pueblos High School

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Anna Nesterenko, Anacapa High School

 

JOBS

We're always looking for talented, hard-working people to join our team and add to our architectural strength. If you're interested in a positive, creative work environment that fosters the exchange of ideas and constant learning, contact us. We're interested in your resume of experience, examples of graphic work and personal skills.  We offer full-time positions for those with architecture degrees and internships for students interested in pursuing architecture.  One of the many perks ... we all break for Telegraph beer every Friday at 5:30 - come join us!

Posted June 2016 - position currently available

We are seeking a self-motivated, talented design professional with a degree in Architecture and 5+ years of experience with conceptual design, design presentation, detailing, construction documents and construction administration. As an integral part of our firm, the work will be both independent and collaborative; strong graphic, organizational and communication skills are key. Proficiency in developing construction documents with AutoCAD is required; ArchiCAD or Revit BIM modeling and rendering skills are preferred. Candidate to be a US citizen or have permanent residence status. 

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to email their cover letter, resume and selected work samples with "Architecture position" in the subject line to ellen@sb-designgroup.com - no phone calls please.

 

AWARDS

Featured AIA Design Award 2017


2016 Santa Barbara Contractor’s Association - Residential Category Award
Mountain Drive Cabana

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COLLABORATORS

Contractors and Engineers who help us get everything done.

Creative Structural Design, Inc. Contractor

David Chase Construction | Contractor

Doug La Barre | Contractor

Juan Perez Builders | Contractor

Paul Franz Construction | Contractor

SB Design and Build | Contractor

Windward Engineering | Structural

Harris Engineering | Structural

Alan Noelle Electrical Engineering

Pintado Pools, Inc. | Pool Contractor

Studio Engineers Inc. | Structural and Civil

Van Sande | Structural Consultants

Ashley Vance | Structural Consultants Civil

Glenda Martin | Interior Design

MEC | Mechanical

Allen Associates |

Skyeline Construction |

Santa Barbara County Architect |

Deborah Ross Construction |

Rozalynn Woods Interior Design

Non-Profit Organizations that we advocate for and support

Coastal Housing Coalition

AIA Santa Barbara

SB Bike

Isla Vista Youth Project