My Latest Architect Obsession: Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects, LLP

Normally I write or edit copy provided to me on this blog, but Dave Mendro, partner at NMA sent me what I think is a perfect description of what they design. 

Creating Your Sense of Place

Andy, Mary, and I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship working together and creating architecture here in Santa Barbara for over 25 years.

Why are we in Santa Barbara?

That’s easy, for the same reason most of us make Santa Barbara our home - the ocean, the mountains, the sunlight and warm weather. I just can’t imagine a better place to live and work. Our beautiful natural environment and climate are so conducive to great living and great design.

One of our main goals, and a common thread in all our work, from homes for families to commercial buildings for businesses, is to create a strong connection with the environment and to create places for indoor-outdoor living. We see our designs as a backdrop to the to the natural environment and the way our clients want to live, work, and play. I think we are all living our version of the California dream here in SB. We want to help with that.

We don’t take a cookie cutter approach to design. We prefer to start the design process without a particular style of architecture in mind. We enjoy the challenge of reinventing the wheel, approaching each project individually, and coming up with a perfect solution. That’s what keeps us motivated and energized. We work very closely with our clients to understand their needs and desires, and to study the features of their building site. Then we evolve the design from the inside out. Our goal is to create a place that is perfectly suited to our client’s needs and to their site context. That’s why our work is very broad based ranging from contemporary to traditional, and transitional designs in-between. We’re always looking forward to working with our next client, designing our next best project, and creating their own, unique sense of place.

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Photos by Ciro Coelho. Used with permission