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Napa warehouse by William Edward Summers

14 Mar

Napa Valley, California warehouseThis one hundred thousand square foot warehouse, designed by William Edward Summers for a site in Napa Valley, was created for wine storage



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Alamo, California House, By William Edward Summers

11 Nov

This house in Alamo, California was designed by William Edward Summers around 1980. The original design featured two open beam cupolas with redwood beams, and hemlock decking. It was the first house on this hillside, with sweeping valley views of beautiful, sunny, Contra Costa County

Alamo, California  House by William Edward Summers

House With Two Turrets, Alamo, California, By William Edward Summers


Blackhawk Road House, Danville, California, By William Edward Summers

7 Nov

Architect William Edward Summers completed this unique, cubist Tudor, designed with an indoor lap pool, accessed by ladder from the master bedroom. It was one of the first houses built in this neighbourhood.

Blackhawk Road House by William Edward Summers

Blackhawk Road House by William Edward Summers, Architect

Article About William Edward Summers From the Georgia Straight Newspaper

12 Oct
William Edward Summers, and Window Art Gallery

William Edward Summers, exhibit design

Arts Notes
“The Georgia Straight” newspaper, page 27, Vancouver, B.C., August, 1993

Designing lavish homes for the rich and famous is the stock-in-trade of Kitsilano-based architect William Edward Summers, but he’s been known to dabble in artistic, high-concept projects,, too—for example, he was design consultant for the Canadian Craft Museum’s festive Treasures exhibit last December. Now, Summers has designed the steel exhibit structures for the street-level Window Art Gallery Project, an initiative of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. The project, which features the work of local artists, opens August 5 for six weeks at four window venues in the downtown core—including the Portraits show, at the Bank of Montreal at Granville and Pender, which displays images of Vancouver and Vancouverites in various media.

Larry McCallum

Article From Profile Magazine

30 Sep

Profile: William Edward Summers
“Profile” magazine, page 42, Vancouver, B.C., Spring 1993

In residential design circles, part-time Vancouver resident William Edward Summers is recognized for his large-scale custom houses and country retreats, which emphasize ultra-comfort, enhanced security and the use of nontoxic materials. His commercial design skills are best showcased in artistic high-concept projects. Summers counts among his clients a former member of the German parliament, figure skating champions, a concert pianist, a well-known movie star, old San Francisco families, and trend-focused commercial developers, all of whom are drawn to Summers’ unique ability to synthesize the aesthetic of the past with the artistic exploration and complex technical requirements of today’s buildings.

Summers’ design style is influenced by his childhood growing up in a picturesque Midwestern college town filled with New England-style heritage architecture, where his family has lived since the Civil War. He carried his appreciation of the architectural imperatives of previous generations with him to California, where his design business flourished.

Working and living in one of his “rehabbed” Victorian buildings in the South of Market neighbourhood, Summers’ design expertise w on him such challenging projects as designing the prototypes for a new log house company; creating a custom plan for a house on a 2,000-acre ranch in the Napa Valley; design consulting for houses throughout California in areas such as Palm Springs, Lake Tahoe and Mendocino County; and designing interiors for restaurants, retail stores and several South of Market clubs.

What Summers brings to each project is a sophisticated understanding of complex building codes, zoning issues, heat loss/gain requirements, seismic conditions and aesthetic orientations. This is expertise that can only be gained through years of experience designing projects in two countries and many municipalities, each with its own unique building restrictions.

When Summers first came to British Columbia in the early 1990s, he was captivated by the civility of the people, the low crime rate and the beautiful, uncrowded and relatively unspoiled environment. He was also impressed by the way the area was quickly transforming itself into a major world centre. It was clearly an exciting place to be for an innovative designer with a wealth of experience and new ideas.

Since venturing north two years ago, Summers has provided design consulting for such projects as an 18,000-sq.-ft. residence near Seattle; a high-end residential development overlooking Puget Sound in the Seattle area; two large ocean-front houses on Vancouver Island; and a 10,000-sq.-ft. house in the Lower Mainland which received notice in The Vancouver Sun and the Victoria Times Colonist. In a more eclectic vein, Summers has also created a video presentation for Benetton as part of “Design Week Vancouver,” participated in the City of Vancouver’s City Plan program, and was the space planner and exhibit design consultant for the Canadian Craft Museum’s 1992 exhibit “Festive Treasures.”

Currently, William Edward Summers is providing design consulting for two medical/residential buildings in the Lower Mainland as well as several projects in the U.S., and is assisting the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association with exhibit design for one of their projects.

A work in progress, a biography of Architect William Edward Summers

24 Sep

I am developing a biography of West Coast architect, William Edward Summers. If you have any anecdotes, photos, or drawings, especially manual drawings, please contact me. I will be posting excerpts from my work as I progress. The official website for William Edward Summers company is,  http://www.designenvelope.com