“Form, material, and light are the foundations of a meaningful space. “
Our practice focuses on creating spaces that are visually gratifying, and livable. Our work articulates the balance between innovative design and practical realization.
Whether we are dealing with a hillside site or an urban renovation, we thrive on the exploration of possibility. We often start with the site context and examine its constraints. Then we collaborate with our client and their project team to translate their vision into a holistic design. We pride ourselves on seamlessly incorporating the latest technology and systems into our work, integrating innovative materials with the art of engineering.
Established in 2006, Verner Architects is a boutique architecture firm specializing in custom residential and small scale commercial projects. With offices in Oakland and Palo Alto, our projects span the San Francisco Bay Area, Tahoe and beyond.
Stephen grew up with an affinity for art and architecture. After a brief detour earning an engineering undergraduate degree on the East Coast and driving a nuclear submarine, he attending an architecture boot camp at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He earned a Masters of Architecture with a minor in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania then worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects in Philadelphia and New York. He established his own design firm in 2006 and relocated to the Bay Area in 2011.
Amidst these various stints in academia, Stephen spent a few years working as a carpenter and architectural metal worker in addition to renovating a few houses, an activity which continues today.
Stephen lives in Oakland with his very supportive wife and their two amazing children. When Stephen can break away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family, the occasional swim, bike riding and sailing.
Initial Stage: Feasibility + Design Consultation
- Pre-design + Code Feasibility
- Surveys + Programming
- Concept Design
Mid Stage: Documentation + Permitting
- Design Development + 3D Modelling
- Working Drawings + Consultant coordination
- Permit Submissions
- Construction Details + Specifications + Finishes
Final Stage: Project Management
- Bidding + Contractor Selection
- Construction Administration
- Project Delivery Support + Punch List