Phillip Wright, known for his beautiful
Malibu beach bungalows and grand Beverly
Hills mansions, is the founder and principal
architect for James Phillip Wright Architects,
a luxury residential firm based in Northern
California. He also founded its Southern
California subsidiary, Venice Atelier
Architects, located in West Los Angeles.
Previously, he headed residential design
and build firms, Atelier Construction
and Atelier Construction Management Inc.
complete architectural, interior design,
and landscape design services to luxury
residential clients throughout California.
He is responsible for the creation and
direction of all aspects of his work,
including conceptual design, design development,
zoning planning and research, construction
drawings, and staff supervision.
A California Licensed
Architect since 1988, Wright also holds
a general contractor license. His years
of experience in construction management
and development, helps preserve the integrity
of his designs throughout the construction
process, and he works closely with his
clients to overcome obstacles and minimize
Wright was raised
in Annapolis, Maryland, surrounded by
stately Colonial buildings and neoclassical
architecture. Fascinated by building and
design from an early age, he was naturally
drawn to the fields of construction and
architecture. Wright graduated with honors
from the University of Maryland's nationally
ranked architecture school in 1982. It
was here that he became inspired by the
style of Antonio Gaudi and the "formulas
of nature." He traveled to Spain,
returning to Annapolis with the desire
to create organic, modern architectural
At the age of 26,
Wright landed on a Rodeo Drive construction
site at the invitation of a renowned Beverly
Hills art dealer who asked him to contribute
to the design of his art nouveau-style
estate. At the project's end in 1983,
Malibu Spa and Pool hired Wright as a
construction foreman. This gained him
access to potential architecture clients
by way of backyard remodels and designs,
and ultimately led to Wright's first large
commission: an 18,000 square foot Mediterranean-French-style
guest house for a Saudi prince's estate
in Bel Air, California.
sense of proportion and understanding
of classical forms spurred numerous other
classical commissions. Between 1986 and
1995, Wright designed and built four classical
estates in Beverly Hills. In 1995, he
closed Atelier Construction and Atelier
Construction Management Inc. to focus
solely on architecture and design. Two
architecture commissions in the Californian
Oakland Hills in 1995 and 1997 inspired
Wright to move to Northern California
and found James Phillip Wright Architects.
his passion for sustainable architecture
in 2003 while designing a private residence
in Carmel Valley. He calls the nature-inspired
concept for the project "Ancient/Future,"
which incorporates the classical formulas
of the past with modern materials and
sensibilities of the future.
In 2004, he was
hired to design two, single-family, modern
homes in San Francisco's Potrero Hill
district. The project required him to
take multiple geographical challenges,
including freeway noise and a landlocked
lot, and spin them into a cozy, urban
sanctuary. This appealed to Wright's belief
that it is often the projects that present
the most constraints that result in the
most creative solutions. Construction
was completed in summer 2005.
projects include an 18th Century French-style
limestone chateau in Newport Beach and
a modern "California organic"
home in Carmel Valley.
Wright continues to maintain his architectural presence in both Southern and Northern California, as well as to contribute to projects statewide.