MICHAEL MULLIN

Since 1991 I’ve been a San Francisco-based residential architect. The relaxed modern style of my work begins in the universals of quality home design – natural light, spaciousness, order – and incorporates functional luxury for the activities that make my client’s lives unique.

Full Services

First, I listen. Then I translate what I hear into architectural solutions – not just for the design, but also for the financial, bureaucratic, logistical and emotional challenges of home construction. My goal is to elevate the aesthetic expression of your domestic life, the asset value of your property, and your experience of this major life event. My references testify to the value of retaining an experienced, empathetic, full-service architect.

Sustainability

Sustainable design is like healthy living – a bit different for everyone and full of particulars. Materials and technologies play a big part, but success is about best practices. I look for every opportunity to reduce stress on the environment and to keep operational costs low. Using local resources to satisfy local needs is a core value.

INFLUENCES

In 1978 my very first job was drafting details for the restoration of the Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts. The Shaker emphasis on graceful utility has stuck with me. Art, music, dance, literature, yoga, nature, travel…all inform my architectural thinking. My design translates concepts among media, no doubt explaining why many of my clients are designers, programmers, musicians, art collectors, and other cultural creatives.

Airy bright seating area

Active in the San Francisco Community

 

I have been proud to contribute as an architect and as a citizen to many projects benefiting San Francisco neighborhoods and community groups.

Artspace

ARTSPACE DEVELOPMENT CORP

I helped to organize the decision-making process of this group of artists embarking on the construction of their live-work community.

THE NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK

The Neighborhood Network is made up of veteran community organizers and community planning advocates from neighborhoods across San Francisco. Meeting weekly at City Hall with Department Heads, Commissioners and Supervisors the Network discusses emerging City policies and community concerns to cultivate good planning and good government.

Neighborhood network

CASTRO AREA PLANNING + ACTION (CAPA)

Building this community planning organization involved years of organizing public forums.

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF INTEGRAL STUDIES

Interviewing the administration, faculty, students, and staff, allowed me to create a program of the functional and spatial needs for this academic community seeking a new campus.

FRAMELINE

I have been a proud sponsor the Frameline Film Festival every year since 2010.

GLIDE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH

Volunteer consulting with the Board of Directors, Design Committee and Housing Task Force helped to create 52 units of permanent housing with onsite services for homeless individuals and families.

LYRIC

I helped this provider of social services for LGBTQQ youth find a location and  receive their conditional use permit.