Bildsten Architecture and Planning envisions each project from inception through design and construction as greater than the sum of its parts. We believe in creating architecture that is a complete environment which enriches the community.
We take a collaborative approach with 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. Having found and renovated a small office building in the industrial part of town, they reserving the central area for shared kitchen, bathrooms and conference area, where today the teams share weekly potluck lunch in an ongoing dialogue and exchange of ideas.
One August evening in 2014 during the move 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, Ellen and friends and colleagues gather on Friday after work to support the local scene, celebrate another great week, and exchange experiences and ideas.
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.
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. And result in well-designed, permitted building which also maximizes your investment.
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.
Our concept of a vibrant architecture practice involves collaboration with related fields of design and construction.
30 West Figueroa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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.
Anna Nesterenko, Anacapa High School
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org - no phone calls please.
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
MEC | Mechanical
Allen Associates |
Skyeline Construction |
Santa Barbara County Architect |
Deborah Ross Construction |
Rozalynn Woods Interior Design