- completed projects
- planned projects
It's been over 25 years since anyone from Orange County has been published
in Architectural Digest so I felt quite honored when Architectural Digest
featured this house I designed for Bruce Goldreyer, a self proclaimed "modern day cowboy,"
and inspiration for this house.
Architectural Digest, January 2010 - "Western Romance in California", pages 154-159
Riviera Magazine captured the essence of this house I designed in Huntington Beach,
which was my interpretation of a "japanese farmhouse."
Riviera Magazine, September 2011 - "Now & Zen", pages 156-161
C Home, Summer 2014 - "Xanadu", pages 68-73
My approach to architecture is based on the concept of "Romantic Modernism" where I reference and incorporate elements of the past while celebrating the simplicity and minimalism of modern architecture. Materials such as stone, wood and steel are allowed to age in a natural and maintenance-free manner and then placed in the context of simple and clean modern space. With this dual approach to architecture my residences achieve a warmth and character of traditional architecture combined with the excitement of modern architecture.
I design 4-5 projects a year and am personally involved with every aspect of the home. Once I have finished the plans, my job has just begun. Over the course of construction I involve myself with every aspect of the design. During this time I am able to address the thousands of big and small questions that arise, ensuring the execution of the design and the success of the project.
Straight out of architecture school in New Zealand I moved to Southern California and started up my practice in Orange County in 1984. For the first 12 years I designed traditional homes giving me the experience I now incorporate into my unique style of architecture. A modernist by nature, I have spent the last 15 years integrating my experience with traditional architecture and my love of modernism into my Romantic Modernist style of architecture.
– Geoff Sumich
I am currently working on multiple homes incorporating cutting edge green
technologies for sustainability. A recently completed house I have
designed in irvine cove employs motorized exterior louvres that track the
suns trajectory to reduce solar heat gain and dramatically reduce energy
consumption from the air conditioning system. The house structure itself,
is made entirely from recycled steel and "fiber strand" (a wood product
that utilizes all parts of the tree.)
Another house I'm designing is for a Chinese businessman whose occupation in China involves reducing carbon emissions throughout industry in China. He has asked me to design him a house here in California that incorporates the latest technologies and most advanced systems available today. The house I have designed for him incorporates a "solar wing roof" that enjoys maximum efficiency through the naturally ventilated "air gap" created between the roof and the solar panels of the "solar wing" itself. The house also incorporates an exterior louvre system (that is currently being developed and tested in Australia - a joint venture between a New Zealand louvre company and the Australian inventor). The louvre system not only shields out the sun via motorized louvres, but it also disappears when not required (for maximum view potential).
While I enjoy designing homes in all areas, the focus of my work
and experience is in navigating the home owners associations and bureaucracies
of the following areas:
Newport Beach (including: Lido Isle, Balboa, Linda Isle, Balboa Island and Big Canyon), Corona Del Mar (including Irvine Terrace, Big Canyon and Cameo Shores), Newport Coast (including Crystal Cove), Laguna Beach (including: Emerald Bay, Irvine Cove, North Laguna, South Laguna and Three Arch Bay, Dana Point (including: Monarch Beach, The Strand, Niguel Shores, and Beach Road), San Diego (including La Jolla), the city of Del Mar, and The Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe.
While the majority of my work would be classified as modern, I have designed over 100 traditional homes in exclusive communities in California, Texas, Utah, Hawaii and Nevada. The home in the accompanying picture is a home I designed in Houston Texas that is based on the Tudor style of 19th century architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The focus of my work in California has been in gated communities such as Newport Coast, Crystal Cove, Harbor Ridge, Emerald Bay, Bear Brand Ranch, Ocean Ridge, Monarch Estates, The Hunt Club, Covenant Hills and The Covenant in Rancho Santa Fe. With experience in styles such as French revival, Spanish revival, Italian Revival, Colonial Revival and English Revival.