American, born South Africa
1949, Johannesburg, South Africa
A pioneer of contemporary design, Stanley Saitowitz has pushed the boundaries of what is architecturally possible in San Francisco, a city most widely known for its faithfulness to Victorian styles. Saitowitz came to the Bay Area from his native South Africa in the mid-1970s to pursue a Master's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
Having worked with firms such as Esherick, Holmes, Dodge, and Davis (EHDD) and Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull, and Whitaker (MLTW), Saitowitz's work is firmly rooted in the Bay Area tradition of livable Modernism — whereby a building's design does not eschew past and current cultural references, but rather reinterprets these references in a contemporary way.
His architectural work includes the Yerba Buena Lofts (2004), a widely published project that critic Alexander Gorlin called "the new Victorian House," and over twenty single-family landscape homes in the Bay Area. His San Francisco-based firm, Natoma Architects, has also designed many churches and synagogues across California.