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Pete Retondo Architecture
Mr. Retondo has been a licensed architect since 1991, and is a former builder and licensed contractor. Before establishing his own full-time practice in 2005, he worked in the offices of a number of influential architects in the Bay Area, including the leading sustainable designer and former California State Architect Sim Van der Ryn (project architect for 7 years), cohousing innovators McCamant & Durrett Architects (project architect for 2 years), and noted high-end residential architect David S. Gast (project architect for 3 years). He has designed and supervised construction on over $40 million worth of projects. Mr. Retondo is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (BS Communications), U.C. Berkeley (Masters of Architecture), and was a PhD candidate
(“ABD”) at U.C. Berkeley (“Buildings Beyond the Second Industrial Divide: Architectural and Manufacturing Technology for the Mass Customization of Construction”), with two minors in Mechanical Engineering. As project architect for the “Guitar House,” a 17,000 s.f. rammed earth house with Sim Van der Ryn & Associates, he designed an associated $250,000 research program into the properties of rammed earth.
Mr. Retondo’s architectural work has been featured in several publications, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Sunset Magazine, and a variety of books and articles. He has written on the subject of green materials and mitigating toxicity for Progressive Architecture and others.
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