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Continued Relevance: A Bay Area Modernist Case Study

February 9, 2023 | Design Series

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
5:30 – 7:30pm
Continued Relevance: A Bay Area Modernist Case Study

Join us at Liljestrand House for an evening of presentation
and conversation with Richard Beard, FAIA

Richard Beard will discuss his recent experience reviving Joseph Esherick’s 1961 California modernist masterpiece, the McIntyre House, and specifically how it was made relevant again for a new family in the 21st century. Esherick was a leader in what became known as the Third Bay Area tradition of architecture, and if the Bay area had ever possibly extended to Hawaii, Vladimir Ossipoff would have been included as well.  Richard will include points of commonality with both practitioners’ work, as well as a reflection of Esherick’s interest in designing bespoke homes for clients in very specific locales, and how working with the interior design firm The Wiseman Group significantly contributed to this collaborative success.  Richard is known for his accomplished and innovative work with significant historic structures, as well as new work in the U.S. and abroad.


With a grandfather who was a land planner, and a father who was a contractor as well as a developer, Richard was possibly destined to enter the world of architectural design from the start.  Whether destined or not, architecture has been a field of study that has always intrigued him, particularly its history: how it reflected cultures and shaped lives, public and private. A graduate of Rice University, Richard established Richard Beard Architects in 2014, dedicated to designing enduring, light-filled homes that are locally wedded to their sites. The firm currently has projects in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Texas and Florida, as well as Japan. In 2010 Richard was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.  The work of his studio has been published extensively, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Image: Jose Manuel Alorda 

The tour of this amazing home is the highlight of my visits to Hawai‘i. And I’ve been here twenty-three times.”

— Beth Chuck

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The Liljestrand House is listed on the Hawai‘i State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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