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Michael Burch Architects

Profile of the American architecture firm Michael Burch Architects, led by Michael Burch, Agnieszka Kaleta and Diane Wilk.

Profile of Michael Burch Architects

Business Name
Michael Burch Architects
United States

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[L-R] Michael Burch, Agnieszka Kaleta and Diane Wilk


Michael Burch (1953), Diane Wilk (1955) and Agnieszka Kaleta (1974)


Michael Burch Architects is a full service architectural firm founded in 1986 with over 50 years combined experience specializing in high-end residential and commercial projects. We pride ourselves in providing high-quality, personalized services. Our firm works in a variety of styles, both traditional and contemporary. Known especially for historically accurate houses, we pride ourselves in our extensive knowledge of California architectural heritage and building techniques. In particular, we are recognized for our work in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style of architecture, perfected in California during the 1920s. The great California traditions of indoor/outdoor living and the legacy of the Case Study Houses also influences our work, so that every new project embodies the essence of California living at its best. Craft and detail, as well as integration into the site and context are central themes of our design philosophy. Whether it is a Period Revival design or a modern project that you wish to have sensitively integrated into the landscape, we can provide you with services ranging from Site Analysis through Landscape and Interior Design.


  • Founded: 1985
  • Offices: 2
  • Design team: 3

Key projects

  • Carolwood Residence, Holmby Hills, CA
  • Hot Springs Road, Montecito, CA
  • Alta Canyada Residence, La Canada, CA
  • "Las Fuentes", La Canada Flintridge, CA
  • Holly Oak Drive, Los Feliz, CA
  • French Ranch
  • Hamitlair Residence

Key publications

  • Great Estates of Beverly Hills, Rizzoli Press, 2008
  • California Romantica, Rizzoli Press, 2007
  • Dream Homes of Los Angeles, Panache Press, 2007
  • Period Homes, Nov 2008 "Family Ties"
  • Los Angeles Times, Home Section, "Bringing an Everett Babcock Back to Life" by By Morris Newman, Special to The Times July 10, 2008
  • Architectural Digest, Feb 2003 "Montecito Revival: Polishing a Southern California Gem"
  • Residential Architect, Sept/Oct 2003 "Big House Renovation: Surviving Disco"
  • Architectural Digest, Feb 1997 "Wallace Neff Revisited: Rejuvenating a Landmark California Residence"
  • Experimental Architecture in Los Angeles, Rizzoli 1991
  • Angeles, May 1991 "Young Turks"

Key awards

  • AIA, Los Angeles Chapter, Selected Citation, Jonathan Martin Headquarters, 1998.
  • California Council and Concrete Masonry Association, 1988
  • Certificate of Commendation, American Association for State and Local History, 1996

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