SCG Breaks Ground with Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects


Examples of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s previous work

Sebastian Construction Group recently broke ground on a large ranch project designed by California architect Howard J. Backen, FAIA, of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects. We’re excited to be working with Howard and the rest of his award-winning team.

Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s experience in specialty building types covers a broad spectrum, including private residences, resorts, restaurants and wineries. In the eighteen years since its opening, the firm has designed over 50 upscale homes, 40 wineries, seven major resorts, 20 restaurants, a new line of retail stores for RH (Restoration Hardware) and Williams Sonoma Home, an equestrian center, The Napa Valley Reserve, and the Performing Arts Center for St. Helena, Calif. Many of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s projects are complex, multi-use properties, and all are built to the firm’s carefully designed master plans.

Aside from being featured in numerous publications, many of the firm’s projects have earned design industry awards, including Hospitality Design Magazine’s Best “Green” Design of 2008, Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Award, citations from Progressive Architecture, Grand Awards from the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, First Honor Awards from AIA/Housing Magazine and the Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

In 1992, Howard was awarded a Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, which is the highest honor in the profession, and served as a juror for the 2001 California AIA awards. The firm has been nominated one of the top 100 Architects in Architectural Digest (2007-2014) and one of the top 30 in the Robb Report. In 2013, Rizzoli Inc published From The Land: The Architecture of Backen, Gillam & Kroeger, which has now become a best-selling architecture book.

To learn more about Backen, Gillam & Kroeger’s work, visit the company’s website.