Life at BAR Architects

It all started with two partners in a basement (really) and our business has been growing ever since. 50+ years and 85 employees later to be exact.


Project types have multiplied as well along the way. Our diverse practice includes housing of all types, entertainment, the arts, retail, academia, hotels, club houses and wineries, all reflecting our Principals' wide range of interests. Our varied projects have earned BAR more than 190 design awards and frequent publication and we are proud to be recognized as a San Francisco Bay Area Certified Green Business. It means we walk the talk—sustainability is not just a word, it's a way of life in our office and in our practice.


We've successfully preserved our small-company feel while we've developed big-company resources and support. We do lots of fun stuff—softball in the summer, picnics, parties, in-office art shows, the occasional ski trip, interesting staff meetings, our Design Cafe and participation in community events like Park(ing) Day, Petchitecture, and the annual Leap Sand Castle Classic.


The importance of individual professional development, the belief that having a personal, balanced outside-of-work life is good and generous company-sponsored benefits all point toward BAR's values—employees come first.


Speaking of great benefits—we have every other Friday off, paid vacation, sick days and 10 holidays and company-paid medical, dental, vision, life, disability and long-term care insurance, plus a 401k match and profit sharing.


Our environment is collegial and informal and we work from the perspective that great ideas come from everywhere and everyone.



When we are not advertising any open positions, reach out to us anyway! We'd love to hear from you. We are always interested in meeting new people and building relationships. While we prefer digital submissions, hard copies are welcomed too. Be sure to let us know if you want them returned.


BAR's mission is designing healthy, durable, beautiful and profitable buildings that improve quality of life while reducing the negative environmental impacts of our practice. Our goal is sustainability and helping to leave a healthy planet for future generations. We believe we can make a difference.