Architect Lorin Hill and associates emphasize pragmatic and creative design solutions to a variety of design opportunities throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Every project presents its own unique challenges, and we find something compelling in every project. We promote a pro-active approach aimed at achieving and maintaining good "chemistry" among all players in the process: the client, the design team, and the contractor.

Our particular strengths include responsiveness, thoroughness, communication and flexibility. We provide a continuum of services that take a project from the broad overview (a master plan) to the specifics of construction detailing and specifications, with active involvement in the construction process. We are committed to environmentally sustainable practices in our work and often incorporate the Build-it-Green GreenPoints Rating System into our projects.

Our primary focus is residential projects - new homes as well as the comprehensive renovation and expansion of existing homes. We draw upon the inherent strengths of a building to produce improved living spaces, healthier environments, and added real estate value. Other project types include commercial tenant improvements and mixed-use developments.

The firm was established in an Emeryville loft in 1995. In 2006 we relocated to offices in North Oakland.

We are a multi-lingual firm offering fluency in Spanish and French.


Lorin Hill, Principal (CA License C23266)
Prior to establishing the firm, Lorin held positions of staff architect and project manager for architectural firms in the San Francisco Bay Area, in France, and in Italy. He participated in projects as varied as high-end custom residential, a restaurant/microbrewery; biotech, pharmaceutical and semiconductor facilities; health care and institutional projects; and office / commercial tenant improvements. A Bay Area native, he earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, completing his fifth year of study in Florence, Italy. Subsequent studies include an equivalent degree (Architecte DPLG) from the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, for licensure in France.

Armando S. Quiroz, Senior Design Associate, LEED AP
A Bay Area native Armando holds a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a LEED AP accreditation with the U.S. Green Building Council.  His previous work experience before joining the studio in 2007 ranged from small sustainable rural public housing to large private/public educational facilities. Now focusing in high-end residential design he also collaborates with the studio graphic design efforts, marketing and photography projects.

Beth Harrington, Senior Design Associate
Beth holds Masters Degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from UC Berkeley.  Her previous work experience ranges from high-end residential interior design in Berkeley, California to historical restoration and urban design in Washington, D.C. She received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech, where she studied at the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris La Villette in Paris, France.

Çagatay Göksel, Senior Design Associate
Bringing the fun and jokes to the studio, he studied Architecture and Interior Design. His breadth of experience in modernist private homes and K-12 Schools is a critical ingredient to connecting the architecture and interiors to their contextual environment. He has unique perspective on how things get made. This, along with his attention to detail and inquisitive nature push projects forward with ease & creativity.