Paul Roberts & Partners, Inc.



Paul Roberts, AIA, LEED AP

Managing Principal

Paul, a California native, has been in Architecture for more than twenty nine years. He discovered what Architects do at the age of six and has been in love with Architecture, Design and their relationship to the environment ever since.

Paul is known as a passionate advocate for thoughtful, appropriate and sustainable design.

Paul's experience is broad based with extensive experience in every aspect of the profession from programming complex buildings & master planning to working alongside contractors on projects under construction.

He approaches every project with a spirit of collaboration, discovery & delight. He listens well, communicates often and guides clients through the process of design.

Professional and Community Involvement:

American Institute of Architects
United States Green Building Council
Society for College & University Planning
Architects, Designers & Planners for Social Responsibility
Society for College & University Planning
California Community College Facilities Coalition
Community Involvement & Pro Bono Work
Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Member
Vallejo Main Street, Board of Directors

Boy Scouts of America
Mount Diablo Silverado Council (MDSC), Executive Board
MDSC Silver Gate District Chairman
Pack 12, Committee Chairman
Troop 12, Assistant Scoutmaster

Loma Vista Farm, Master Plan
Vallejo Music Theatre, Master Plan & Capital Campaign Committee
Vallejo Architectural Heritage & Landmarks Commission, Chairman
Vallejo Library Advisory Board, Chairman
VALCORE Community Recycling, Treasurer
Solano County Library Advisory Commission, Vice-Chairman





Sim Van der Ryn, AIA, LEED AP


Sim Van der Ryn is a visionary, author, educator, public leader, and internationally distinguished pioneer in ecological design. For more than 40 years, Sim has been at the forefront of integrating ecological principles into the built environment, creating multi-scale solutions driven by nature's intelligence. He has served as California's first energy-conscious State Architect, authored seven influential books, and won numerous honors and awards for his leadership and innovation in architecture & planning. Sim's collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments help show the way to an evolving planetary era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and the quality of life.

A recent New York Times profile writes, "Long before sustainability became the buzzword du jour, there was Sim Van der Ryn, the intrepid pioneer on the eco-frontier". The 70-year-old architect is part of a generation of visionaries who are more interested in the long term value of their work than in self promotion. Sim emphasizes, "We are engaged in an Ecological Revolution, every bit as profound as the preceding Industrial Revolution." While addressing an assembly of architects, Sim states, "The worst thing you can do is keep making no changes. That's where the risk lies."

Trained as an architect with a degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; licenses from California and New Mexico; and certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration, the theme of Sim's career in design, teaching and research has been applying principles of physical and social ecology to architecture and environmental design. His regenerative design solutions create environments that are resilient to human needs, place, ecology and climate. An early innovator as California State Architect (under Gov. Jerry Brown) who introduced energy efficient design and renewable energy to California and his thirty years as a theoretician and hands- on Professor of Ecological Design at UC Berkeley, his influence on shaping the Green Architecture and Sustainable Design movement are widely recognized today.

Publications & Books
Sim has been the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles. Residential Architecture Magazine gave him its 2005 Leadership Award, and Progressive Architecture magazine gave him a merit award for his Marin Solar Village. Sim is also featured in the November 2007 Green issue of Dwell as well as the May 2006 Green Issue of Vanity Fair. Fine Homebuilding's Summer 2006 issue selecting the 25 most important houses in America, among them "Falling Waters", includes Sim's 1974 Integral Urban House as, "the birth of green".

Besides being the focus of various publications, he has also authored seven cutting edge books, including his latest, "Design For Life" (2006) as well as "Ecological Design" (1996) with Stuart Cowan, "The Toilet Papers" and "Sustainable Communities" (1986) with Peter Calthorpe. Other books include, "The Integral Urban House", "Farallones Scrapbook". "Dorms at Berkeley: The Ecology of Student Housing", and hundreds of articles and papers in professional journals.

Sim founded the Farallones Institute in 1969, which helped to create national awareness of "ecologically integrated living design." The work started by the Farallones Institute continues today at the non profit Ecological Design Institute (make a link to a tax exempt non profit Corporation. EDI's activities comprise two branches: education, facilitation, public event speeches and presentations. The other branch provides design and consulting services through Sim Van der Ryn and a network of collaborative talent.

The Eco-design Collaborative is the design and consulting arm of EDI focusing on what Sim calls. "surpass-ability": design solutions for a carbon neutral world though design workshops , retreats and brain storming, master planning and conceptual design, and green architecture . The Center for Livable Futures is EDI's educational and training arm. EDI offers training, facilitation, education, and research services in ecological design and "Surpass-ability" to businesses, government agencies, professional organizations and educational institutions.

Keynote Speaker
Sim is a sought after keynote speaker and provocateur who has spoken to business, civic, university, professional, and environmental groups around the world, including Korea, Japan, Tibet, the Netherlands, Italy, and major US cities.

Recent Highlights
Juror, San Francisco Green Architecture Awards
Regenerative Design - Public Lecture Series, College of Marin, February
Green Design - Sonoma State College
AIA Town Hall Meeting/Design Charette, Las Vegas
Integrating Sustainablity With Success -Urban Land Institute, Pittsburgh
AIA Ohio Lecture Series
ENVIRON, New Orleans
EDRA National Conference, Sacramento
CSI Northeast Regional Conference, Portland, ME. Aug
West Coast Green

Honors & Awards
Sim has collected a long list of honors and awards for his leadership and innovation. Among them Include:

Architect of the Year, Residential Architecture Magazine (2004)
Real Goods Solar Living Center won an AIA Top Ten Green Building Award (1998)
Richard Neutra Award for Professional Excellence, Cal Poly Pomona (2004)
Governor's Award as North Coast Green Entrepreneur by SAFE-BIDCO (2004)
Marin County Economic Commission Environmental Values and Resources Award, (2003)
Goff Chair of Innovative Architecture, University of Oklahoma (2001)
Sustainability Trailblazer Award, Marin Community Development Agency (2000)
John M. McPhail, Jr. Business Award, Marin Conservation League (2000)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts Fellowship (1997)
Rockefeller Scholar in Residence, Bellagio, Italy (1997)
President's Award for Planning, American Society of Landscape Architects (Colorado Chapter)
Arbolera de Vida Master Plan, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1999)
Nathaniel Owings Award, California Council AIA (1996) for environmental leadership
Commendation for Excellence in Technology, California Council AIA (1981)
Progressive Architecture Merit Award, Marin Solar Village (1981)
Special Award, California Council American Institute of Architects (1978)
Lindisfarne Fellow (1978)
Guggenheim Fellow (1971)
Governor's Award for Excellence in Design, Migrant Farm Labor Community Design (1968)




Buddy Williams, AIA, LEED AP

Design Principal

Buddy Williams design work reflects a knowledge of construction, environment, technology and materials with a deep commitment to social and environmental responsibility. He is comfortable working with a "hands-on" collaborative design process and is experienced working with sustainable energy, materials, water and waste systems.

Buddy has worked as an architect in Boston, San Francisco and the countries of Lesotho and England. Other professions have included carpentry and general contracting, a surveyor for a medieval cathedral in the south of France, graphic artist and commissioned architectural photographer.

Professional Involvement
American Institute of Architects
United States Green Building Council
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Community Involvement
Carbon Neutral Albany
Albany Strollers & Rollers





Steve Allen

Senior Associate

Steve Allen has worked on numerous Educational and Community projects at PR&P over the past six years. Steve is a thoughtful designer and has great expertise in sustainable design. Steve just completed overseeing the Construction of a new 10,000 square foot Community Library for Suisun City for PR&P.

Other recent projects include working as Project Manager on a new 5,400 square foot Laboratory and Meeting Facility for the University of California's Hopland Research Station. That project features a host of sustainable design strategies.

Steve Allen studied under William McDonough while getting his BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and concentrated on sustainable design throughout his education. Steve's final project was the creation of a solar house for the First Solar Decathlon held on the Mall in Washington DC. This 2 year engineering and architectural collaboration was awarded first prize in Architecture and second place overall.

In addition to experience in architecture, Steve has first hand experience on Bay Area organic farming and community building while working at Hidden Villa Farm and Youth Camp. Steve has continued to push the sustainable envelope while working at PR&P for the last 6 years.



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