10 Questions for SF Architect Peter Pfau
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Peter Pfau, a principal of Pfau Long Architecture , was born and raised in San Francisco, studied fine arts at CCA and architecture at UC Berkeley and Columbia (along the way he worked as a carpenter, contractor, and wood artisan). Since founding his firm in 1991, Pfau has earned a reputation as a modernist who balances conceptual rigor with a love for creating comfortable, livable spaces. Back in 2010, we asked Pfau about his architectural inspirations, favorite travel destinations, and his dream bicycle: Visit Pfau Long Architecture to see more of his work. Remodelista: Who are your design idols? Peter Pfau: Aeronautical inventor Paul MacCready (above) and industrial designer Raymond Loewy. RM: Seminal professional moment? Pfau: Building my own house (and paying the bills) has given me a whole new perspective on my clients and their concerns. RM: What is the most important thing you've learned in your career? Pfau: To be a good listener. RM: Must-read architecture book? Pfau: Why Architecture Matters , by Paul Goldberger; available from Amazon. RM: How do you get inspired? Pfau: By spending time with my clients, spending time on the site, and doing in-depth research to understand the nature of the problem that needs to be solved (see above renovation in Stinson Beach ). RM: What are your favorite interiors stores? Pfau: Arkitektura In-Situ in San Francisco and Martin Showroom in St. Helena (shown above). RM: Favorite artists? Pfau: Donald Judd (concrete works in Marfa, Texas, shown above), Chris Burden, and James Turrell. RM: Favorite travel destinations? Pfau: Japan (the countryside of Takayama); Tanzania, Africa; and Bali, Indonesia (at Amandari Ubud , shown above). RM: Define your aesthetic. Pfau: Honest, sensual, tectonic, timeless, calming. RM: Dream bicycle? Pfau: A bicycle from A.N.T. Bikes , which are made by hand in Holliston, Massachusetts. N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on November 28, 2010.