Friday, 5 April 2013

Projects in the nineties by William Edward Summers

A short video of a few projects by "William Edward Summers" during the nineties in San Francisco, Vancouver and Seattle


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Artist's Building in West Oakland, By William Edward Summers

This very simple two story house was designed for an artist in gritty West Oakland, California. the exterior had the appearance of a Victorian house, and the interior consisted of this loft like first floor, and a second floor bedroom

Friday, 18 November 2011



San Francisco Chronicle;


Partial list of articles:

Television Interview of William Edward Summers

The Weather Channel interviewed designer William Edward Summers about how to create a disaster resistant building

The traditional American single-family house is not designed to withstand disasters. Ideally a house should offer good protection from floods, fires, earthquakes, storms, civil unrest and financial difficulties. Most houses today are designed with substantial input from building contractors who have the primary goal of selling for the highest price.

The disaster resistant building project by William Edward Summers, a San Francisco, and British Columbia based design theorist, explores ideas about how residential and small to mid-sized commercial buildings can be designed to be disaster resistant.

The ongoing project is presented at Summers’ website

Three quick suggestions from Summers’ project;

1) Use attics or half stories, rather than roof trusses, to add substantial, usable square footage to your building for very little additional cost.

2) Build at least one full story above the one hundred year flood plain and consider building the first floor walls in concrete.

3) Allow room for a potential future rental unit even if you never intend to have tenants. If not used to create cash flow, it still might come in handy for use by friends or family members, or as quarters for a live in nurse or domestic assistant.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

New Golden Gate View House

This house in the North Berkeley Hills neighbourhood of Kensington has a spectacular, panoramic view of downtown San Francisco, and the Golden Gate bridge. William Edward Summers completed the house in 2001. the design has cubist elements, which is a motif of Summers, set in the lush greenery of the hills. Here is shown the plan, then construction, and finally the completed house.

Friday, 21 October 2011

House in Gordon Head, Victoria, BC by William Edward Summers

This renovation in the Gordon Head neighbourhood of Victoria, British Columbia , By William Edward Summers, was to create an addition that would fit seamlessly with the existing residence  These photos show the project under construction, and completed.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Restaurant review from Column by William Edward Summers

During the late 1980s designer/architect William Edward Summers wrote several newspaper columns, specializing in restaurant reviews, and music articles. This article is about an Indian restaurant on Valencia, in the Mission District, in San Francisco, alifornia