Richard Beard will discuss his recent experience reviving Joseph Esherick’s 1961 Californian modernist masterpiece, the McIntyre House, and specifically how it was made relevant again for a new family in the 21st century.
Esherick was a leader in what became known as the Third Bay Area tradition of architecture, and if the San Francisco Bay Area had ever possibly extended to Melbourne, Robin would have been included as well.
Richard will include points of commonality with both practitioners’ work, as well as a reflection of Esherick’s interest in designing bespoke homes for clients in very specific locales, and how working with the interior design firm The Wiseman Group significantly contributed to this collaborative success.
About the Speaker
Richard is known for his accomplished and innovative work with significant historic structures, as well as new work in the U.S. and abroad. Connection to setting, reverence for materials, and devotion to functional beauty are the hallmarks of Richard Beard’s namesake firm, a practice dedicated to site-specific architecture that integrates the built and natural environments—urban or wild—in ways both graceful and sustainable. All his designs, whether custom homes, remodels for growing families, or new-build commercial spaces, share a rightness for the situation and a timeless, thoughtful sensibility.
Over his career, Richard has designed projects featured in Architectural Digest, Luxe Interiors + Design, and California Home + Design, among other publications; his inspired approach to site context, especially, has received national awards and recognition, including his elevation to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2010.