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Renowned Architect Cass Calder Smith on the Evolution of Design

CCS Architecture, which is known for embracing California modernism and an indoor-outdoor aesthetic, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. In recognition of this milestone, we invited the architecture firm’s founder, Cass Calder Smith, to reflect on the evolution of both residential and restaurant design, his sources of inspiration and what’s in store for the business moving forward.

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CCS named one of New York’s 10 Best Restaurant Architects

New York’s food scene is as diverse and competitive as New Yorkers themselves. Currently, 77 restaurants across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn are Michelin-starred, and their cuisines originate from every corner of the globe. In the city that celebrity chefs like Tom Colicchio, Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten call home, restaurants must distinguish themselves through their menus and their design. The 10 firms on our top restaurant architect list design eateries that make a splash and set lasting trends in the ever-evolving New York City restaurant landscape, winning some of the highest industry awards and finding placement in top magazines.


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AIA San Francisco features CCS Architecture’s Glen Park Residence in the 2017 Home Tours

AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design present the 2017 San Francisco Living: Home Tours, an annual open house event, featuring five outstanding modern homes. This popular program showcases a variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods and residences — including single-family homes and contemporary renovations. This is the first Bay Area tour series to promote residential design from the architect’s point of view.




Casa Amate wins IIDA 2017 Best Interiors of Latin America & the Caribbean for Best Restaurant

CCS is proud to announce that Casa Amate at Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya was selected as a winner in the Restaurants category in the 2017 International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Best Interiors of Latin America and the Caribbean Competition. Congratulations to our talented team that worked tirelessly to bring this project to life!

The IIDA Best Interiors of Latin America and the Caribbean Competition was created to recognize, honor and celebrate outstanding Interior Design/Architecture projects that represent the highest level of creativity, originality and design excellence.



Cass Calder Smith Woodside Book Signing Event


WHAT:       Cass Calder Smith/CCS Architecture book signing event.

WHEN:       Wednesday, August 20th, 5-7pm

WHERE:     The Village Pub. 2967 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062



Join Architect Cass Calder Smith of CCS ARCHITECTURE in celebrating the release of the firm’s new book: “EAT, LIVE, WORK“.  This monograph – the firm’s first – showcases over 40 projects completed over the past 20 years.

The event will be held in association with the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.  The residency’s award-winning Middlebrook Studios are prominently featured in Eat, Live, Work and have provided inspirational live/work space for over 60 poets, playwrights, prose writers and media artists since their addition to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2011. 

Prolific photographer and Djerassi alumni Robert Buelteman’s book “Eighteen Days in June” will also be available for purchase.  This book is a collection of stunning photographs of the coastal grasslands and redwood forests that comprise the artists’ community in the Santa Cruz Mountains in Woodside.  Buelteman’s photos also grace the walls of the Village Pub.

A portion of all book sales will support the “gift of time” for artists at the Djerassi Program.

Hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

Please note, space is extremely limited, advance RSVP is required



An evening with Cass Calder Smith and the San Francisco Film Society – June 25th

San Francisco Invite

WHAT:      Cass Calder Smith book signing and celebration
WHEN:       Wednesday, June 25th 6-8pm
WHERE:     Twenty Five Lusk. 25 Lusk, San Francisco, CA 94107


Join Cass Calder Smith and CCS ARCHITECTURE in celebrating the release of their new book: “EAT, LIVE, WORK” at Twenty Five Lusk on Wednesday, June 25th. This monograph – the firm’s first – celebrates a collection of over 40 projects completed over the past 20 years.

Held in association with the San Francisco Film Society, 20% of all proceeds from book sales will go towards SFFS year-round exhibition, filmmaker services and education programs.

About the venue: Designed by CCS in 2011, Twenty Five Lusk is a restaurant in San Francisco’s South of Market District, and is the the recipient of 11 design awards – including the IIDA Northern California Chapter Award, Interior Design Magazine’s Best of the Year Award, The Gold Key Award, and was named one of the Top 20 Restaurants of the year and Best Designed Restaurant by Esquire Magazine.

Join us for this very special evening bringing together art, design, film and food.


** Space is limited, Advance RSVP is required to: **



EAT LIVE WORK: The CCS Monograph

CCS Architecture (CCS)  has recently completed our first monograph, now available for purchase through Images Publishing and Amazon. It showcases over 20 years of the firms work, for Eating, Living and Working.

This monograph seeks to explore opportunities of maximum potential and express them at a scale appropriate to each project. The work is firmly based in the modernist idiom, where innovation and creativity are balanced by common sense and experience. The firm is known for creating projects with exceptional results.



Madrona Residence featured in Luxe Interiors + Design

CCS recently completed this new single family residence in Seattle, Washington, which is featured in the January 2014 issue of Luxe Interiors + Design.

This house was designed as a second home for a Bay Area couple as a summer retreat to spend the warm summer months away from the fog in San Francisco. Built on a steep slope and a narrow lot, this 4000 square foot home is spread over 3 floors, with the master, guest and kids bedroom on the ground floor, and living spaces on the upper floor to take advantage of the views. The main living level includes a large kitchen, dining, and living space, connected to two home offices by way of a bridge that extends across the double height entry. This bridge area acts as a gallery of light, allowing filtered light through the skylights above and down to the entry on the ground level.  All living space takes advantage of grand views of Lake Washington and the city skyline beyond. Two large sliding glass doors open up completely, allowing the living and dining space to extend to the deck outside. On the first floor, in addition to the guest room, a “kids room” welcomes visiting nieces and nephews with bunk beds and their own bathroom. The basement level contains storage, mechanical and a 2 car garage.

Read the full article HERE

Photographs by Aaron Leitz



OneUP nominated for Best Restaurant Design

OneUP at the Grand Hyatt on Union Square in San Francisco has been nominated for Best Restaurant within a Hotel in the International Design & Architecture Awards. Please take a moment to vote for OneUP at the Grand Hyatt, which can be found in the Restaurant within a Hotel category.

Thanks for your support!



Diane Middlebrook Writers’ Cabins wins CH+D Award

Wednesday evening we were thrilled to accept not one, but two awards for the Diane Middlebrook Writers’ Cabins. California Home + Design hosted their annual CH+D Awards at the San Francisco Design Center, where we accepted an award for Best Commercial Design as well as the “Stamp of Sustainability”.