Emerging Professionals Design Crawl with Appleton Partners LLP

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Appleton Partners LLP - was established by Marc Appleton in 1976, and has offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California.

We have designed over 850 projects and specialize in the planning, design, and landscaping of custom residential, institutional, and commercial projects for both private and public clients. The location, environment, and siting of each project strongly influence this process, and a harmonious relationship between buildings and landscape is always an essential concern. Whether contemporary or traditional in style, our architecture strives for an appreciation of place and time.

Ken Mineau attended the University of California, Berkley and received a bachelor’s in architecture. He has designed projects in Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. In 2000, Ken joined Appleton Partners as Director of the newly opened Santa Barbara

Andrew Scott is a partner and director of the Santa Monica office. He attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture. He received his master's from UCLA's school of Urban Design and Architecture. He has been with Appleton

Marc Appleton received a B.A. honors degree in English from Harvard College and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. His design work has received many awards from the AIA and has been widely published in periodicals such as Architectural Digest. He has written numerous books and serves on a variety of



Paul attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. Following college, Paul spent several years on the east coast working for commercial and residential firms. He joined Appleton Partners in 2011. Paul has overseen numerous projects since joining Appleton Partners, some of which have been featured in national design publications such as Architectural Digest.

Steve Aldana pursued his studies in photography, architectural drafting, and interior design at Santa Barbara City College. After 10 long years in the service industry and a deep-rooted passion for design, he joined Appleton Partners LLP in 2018. He swiftly undertook the immense responsibility of coordinating the reconstruction and restoration of 18 structures at the San Ysidro Ranch, which had been devastated by the 2018 debris flow. Recently, he has been channeling his expertise into various hospitality projects within the region.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Seo spent his summer breaks during high school working at New Wave Architecture. In 2016, he attended the University of Notre Dame and received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2021. He began his professional career working at Appleton Partners LLP after graduation. With the firm, he has had the privilege of working on a range of residential projects and enjoys the numerous learning opportunities each project brings.

Paul Rubison Associate, AIA Chris Seo Designer/Draftsperson


BuiltbythedescendantsofColonelWilliam WellsHollisterin1931,thisstructurewasthe officebuildingofthepowerfulandinfluential Hollisterfamilyformanyyears.The progenitorofthefamily,W.W.Hollister,was SantaBarbara'smostinfluentialcitizenfrom the186o's-188o's.HefinancedStearnsWharf' openedtheArlingtonHotelaswellasthe LoberoTheater,SouthernCalifornia'sfirst operahouse.ArchitectsEdwardsand PlunkettdesignedtheSpanishColonialstyled brickbuildingwithporchesandanopen garage.

ManyoftheoriginalelementsintheAdobe wereretainedincludingthefireplaceand hearth.

The Studio

In January 1947, the firm Edwards and Wade hired to add medical offices, a laboratory and exam rooms for Doctors C. Hollister and C Campbell, pediatricians. Eric Smith was the builder. Later it was used as a realty company and in the 1980's, the open garage was converted into office space.

In 2019, Appleton Partners purchased and restored the structure. The studio is newly renovated and houses Appleton architects, draftsmen and designers. The building is on the City of Santa Barbara Potential Historic Resources List.

Marc Appleton Library

In 1936, realtor James D. Crawford hired architects Winsor Soule and John Frederick Murphey to design a Spanish Colonial Revival building. The building’s most distinguishing feature is its large, engaged Doric columns. The revival motif is carried through in the building’s stucco trim band, terra cotta tile roof, and decorative color tile wainscot which remains unchanged.

The Marc Appleton Library is filled with founder Marc Appleton’s favorite design, art and travel books collected over a forty-year period. In addition to Marc’s architectural practice, he has also established Tailwater Press - a publishing venture that showcases his passion for literature.

For more info about his work and publications, please visit his website below.

Whether traditional or contemporary in style, urban or rural, the architecture represents a real diversity, an appreciation of place, and a responsiveness to each client. As William Wurster said, “architecture is for people: the picture frame, and not the picture.” Appleton Partners rejects the idea that a successful design practice needs to be “branded” to have a signature style, or that architecture always has to shout.

Contact Us Santa Monica 1556 17th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404 (310) 828 . 0430 Santa Barbara 911 Chapala St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (805) 965 . 0304 Info@appleton-architects.com www.appleton-architects.com
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