Darryl Roberson, FAIA

Founding Principal, Principal Emeritus - San Francisco

Darryl co-founded STUDIOS in 1985. As a Founding Principal, he was instrumental in guiding the policies and the extraordinary growth and reputation of STUDIOS, nationally and internationally, as well as the design of major projects. He announced his retirement in December 2013.

Over his more than 50 years of practice, Darryl received national recognition and an extensive history of awards, as well as professional and community acknowledgment. He was at the forefront of corporate architecture for his entire career, first in the establishment of interiors work as a legitimate and vital form of architecture, and more recently, in the design of urban development and institutional buildings. Darryl led the movement to create more flexible office environments, employing new systems and concepts to develop models for the physical organization and design expression of workplaces. His experience has encompassed innovative interiors for Fortune 500 and high technology companies, as well as law, financial services and consulting firms. He also led multiple higher education projects, including several for his alma mater UC Berkeley. A tribute from fellow founding principal Erik Sueberkrop: "Darryl announced his retirement over the Christmas holidays and then hopped over to Australia for some rest and recreation. Why Australia? Because he had never been there. And this is a good metaphor for Darryl’s outlook on life. Back in the 1960s when Darryl started his career, commercial interior architecture didn’t really exist; Darryl and a few others at that time helped to invent it. He saw the need for interior architecture and decided that he would create a firm to focus in that direction. Thus with a partner, Chuck Bowen, Darryl founded the firm EPR in San Francisco, which went on to became a major firm focusing on corporate interior architecture, with offices in numerous locations across the country. Later, a few of us began STUDIOS Architecture with some of that same zest for the new, and focusing on the best architecture that we could create. Our primary focus in those early days was the new area of high tech architecture and as well as the corporate interiors practice that Darryl had fostered. Darryl brought to the STUDIOS table a positive ‘can do’ attitude. He had good entrepreneurial skills—this is something that they don’t teach architects in school, but something for which he had a natural aptitude. He has also been one of our key mentors for the development of our staff, gently pushing and setting high expectations. Darryl won’t be totally out of reach, as long as we can get him away from his golf game. Because of course Darryl is not just a fair day golfer, but a really good scratch golfer."

Darryl Roberson

Education & Accreditation

  • University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude


  • Licensed Architect, California
  • Licensed Architect, Arizona
  • NCARB Certified


  • Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
  • UC Berkeley Campus Design Committee
  • Lambda Alpha