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Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture is an award-winning nationally and internationally published architecture and interiors firm based in San Francisco. The primary premise of the studio is a strong belief that collaboration with the client creates a more dynamic and unique design solution for each project. The principles of simplicity, of spaciousness and light, of synthesis and function are realized in each project. Three principals guide the design process with each client: the building’s structure as a primary expression of space, the control and infusion of natural light, and an environmentally sensitive and elegant material palette.

Sarah E. Willmer, Founder & Principal

Sarah Willmer holds a Master in Architecture from Yale University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. Following 14 years with several prominent firms, including the internationally recognized Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Polshek Partnership Architects and Anshen + Allen, Ms. Willmer founded Studio Sarah Willmer Architecture. Driven by the desire to stay intimately involved with the design process from concept to construction, Ms. Willmer brings her diverse background and team-leading experience to the firm’s commercial and residential projects.

Ms. Willmer is active in the community and a broad range of design projects. She participated in an artist-in-residency program at the Netherlands’ European Ceramic Works Center to develop a ceramic panel for modern architecture. This work, “Ceramic Skins, Transforming Light and Space” was exhibited in 2009 in Eindhoven at Dutch Design Week. She has led numerous architectural design studios. She is presently a Senior Adjunct Professor at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts and a visiting lecturer at University of California, Berkeley. She lives with her family in San Francisco’s Noe Valley.


The creative energy at Studio Sarah Willmer is vitalized by extensive and creative experience of its senior staff and youthful energy of recent grads from CCA and U.C. Berkeley; as well internationally trained talent. The team is tight and selected by their unending commitment to quality architecture and critical design.

Khulan Batsaikhan
Kelley Coelho

Susan Lopez
Britta Tuschhoff

Katie Fenech