Tim Ward and Larry Young founded the firm in Truckee, California in 1977. They then established a Bay Area studio (Lafayette, Ca.) in 1984. Today both continue to create stellar work for residential and mountain resort clients as well as urban, commercial and public works projects.
With studio offices in Truckee and Lafayette, we are easily able to access project sites throughout California and Nevada, as well as the western U.S. Having studios in both an urban area and a small town, with climatologically and geographically diverse characteristics, elevates our knowledge and understanding of site specific and appropriate design solutions. As many of our clients are "connected" to the San Francisco Bay Area and the Tahoe/Truckee Area with homes, businesses, families and/or friends, our studios provide convenience for our clients in working with us. Our IT infrastructure and continuing development of documentation standards enables seamless collaboration between our studios and with our clients.
In 2000, Robert Heck and Don Fulda joined Tim and Larry as principals, after having been with the firm since 1984. Management of the firm is shared by the four principals and five associates. Senior Associates Ron Larkins, Ted Brobst, Mike Mussano, and David Bourke, have each been with the firm at least 18 years. Associate Scott Thomsen joined the firm in 2004, initially in the Truckee Studio, he now works in the Lafayette Studio. This stable and consistent ownership and management team provides clients assurance of continuity and responsiveness, resulting in the firm working with many repeat clients over many years. This continuity has bridged changes in ownership and management for several of our clients.
This is an aspect that sets Ward-Young apart from other firms, but, one we believe is a true asset for our clients. This approach incorporates having multiple firm leaders involved and knowledgeable with the status of the project throughout its design and construction, thus providing our clients accessibility to firm leadership with project knowledge, regardless of a particular individual's availability. Every project has a principal-in-charge responsible for overseeing the services the firm is providing. Every project has either a principal or associate as a project architect, responsible for the day-to-day management of the project.
What we do
The staffs at both studios are experienced in providing comprehensive architecture and planning services for a broad range and scale of residential and commercial projects. Our work generally falls into three areas – custom homes, resort and hospitality, and public agency. This provides us with a huge range of clientele: homeowners, developers, and local, state, and federal agencies. They come to us for our architectural expertise that spans custom homes, multi-family developments, resort and hospitality projects, commercial and mixed use projects ranging from themed restaurants to light industrial uses, and administrative offices, fire stations, and visitor centers for public agencies. Finally, our planning experience includes land-use feasibility studies, vision plans for envisioning development potential, master plans, specific plans, and assisting clients obtain development entitlements. These planning services often segue into providing architectural services for the project.