William Turnbull, Jr., FAIA

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Sea Ranch, William Turnbull

Photo © Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

Photo © Turnbull Griffin Haesloop

William Turnbull, FAIA

William Turnbull, FAIA


Turnbull initially worked with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in San Francisco in the 1950s, then in 1962 formed the celebrated partnership Moore, Lyndon, Turnbull & Whitaker, with whom he designed for the iconic Sea Ranch community alongside Esherick. He later founded the San Francisco firm now known as Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects. Turnbull considered himself a Bay Area architect, creating residential and academic buildings that felt distinctively Californian in their relaxed, naturalistic style.

The environment, Turnbull told the New York Times in 1997, was always the direct source of his design inspiration: ”The shape of the ground, the view, the quality and type of tree cover, the sun, the wind all have voices that I listen to and learn from.” He is now remembered each year in the California Architectural Foundation’s Turnbull Prize, an awards competition focused on design ideas that sustain and improve the California landscape.

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