Baran Studio Architecture develops adaptive architectural solutions that bridge all aspects of a design problem. Our approach begins with the analysis of project components that range from environmental and use conditions to code constraints. We then look to varied disciplines that include architecture, interiors, landscape and construction as part of a comprehensive methodology. As a result, our designs respond in a wide-ranging, innovative and often unexpected manner, resulting in space and form that is creative and fresh while maintaining use and purpose. This process engenders an architecture that is of its time and simultaneously, timeless.



Matt Baran founded Baran Studio Architecture in 2010 at the peak of the Great Recession. Prior to that, he had spent 15 years working for various architecture firms, including KMD and the Jerde Partnership. In his spare time he worked on concepts for architectural robots that shifted their form and location to adapt to various contexts. This work won him an AIA award in 2006, and a full scholarship to UC Berkeley to complete a master’s thesis on adaptable robotic architecture. Upon graduation he began to teach at UC Berkeley and the Academy of Art. He also worked on the construction of a dwelling that employed the adaptive theories he had been exploring academically. These efforts were the beginning of Baran Studio.

Currently Matt continues his efforts, working closely with staff and clients to further explore architecture that is closely adapted to its context. This means designing a project through extensive analysis and research into deeper contexts that include the physical and psychological environment, history, culture, socialized beliefs, collective mindsets and notions of beauty, systems of erasure, and material qualities in addition to architectural typology.



Diane Moseley is a licensed architect who has been working in residential and commercial architecture for 9 years. Before moving to the Bay Area, Diane worked in Washington D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles with several top architects including: Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis, Norman Foster & Partners, and Marmol Radziner. She has worked on a wide range of projects, from Pepsi’s World Headquarters to a celebrity home in LA. Diane is LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction, and received her Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan. She is influenced by her extensive international travel and living abroad in both Copenhagen, Denmark and Tokyo, Japan.



Nick Sowers has been working as an architect in California, New Zealand, and the Netherlands for 10 years. Since coming to the Bay Area in 2007, he has developed an interest in the re-use of existing buildings on military bases and industrial areas around the city. He has worked with venture capital firms and tech companies to develop office space in two existing concrete warehouses in San Francisco. Nick also has developed an expertise in sound and space and believes that great spaces must sound as good as they look.



Travis Tarr is a senior designer at Baran Studio Architecture. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2005, focusing on urban development and mixed-use environments. He has been a practicing designer for the past 11 years, and has a wealth of knowledge from his experience working with large institutional clients and complex residential projects. Before starting at Baran Studio Architecture, Travis worked as a designer for Quatro Design Group and Meyer and Allen Associates. Travis is a LEED Green Associate.



Cassidy Cheang is a senior designer, and has been practicing both interior and architectural design within the Bay Area for over ten years. He is a LEED Green Associate and is a Certified Green Point Rater. His experience ranges from mixed-use developments to single and multi-family housing. He has done extensive research in urban theory and urban development including analysis of real estate and property trends. His prior experience includes working alongside Gensler and the Rebuilding Together Foundation on multiple urban improvement projects throughout San Francisco.

Cassidy graduated from the Academy Of Art University in 2008 with a degree in Interior Architecture and Design and received his Master Degree in Architecture in 2012. His academic work focus was on the analysis of urban and suburban morphology and spontaneous city programming extended to architectural form. His work included the research and development of parametric digital software.



Cheryl Lima is a designer at Baran Studio Architecture. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development at Woodbury University. Throughout her studies, she focused on hospitality development and development feasibility. She has experience in real estate development and project management.



Steven Nguyen is a designer at Baran Studio Architecture. He completed his Bachelor of Graphic Designer at Sacramento State University, and his Master of Architecture at the Academy of Art University. Before going into architecture, Steven taught numerous graphic design classes at Sacramento State, and worked as a freelance graphic designer, topographer, and printmaker. His experience in graphic design and topography have enhanced his understanding of spatial composition and design.



Ryan Heath is a designer at Baran Studio Architecture. He has two degrees from the Academy of Art University, his first a Bachelor in Interior Design, and the second a Master of Architecture. Before studying architecture, Ryan was a product designer, focusing on use to construct an effective, but aesthetically intriguing piece. Now, as a designer at Baran Studio, Ryan draws on his prior experience when designing, aiming to create homes that are interesting, while maintaining their use and purpose.



Kurt Fausset is a designer at Baran Studio Architecture. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture at California College of the Arts, and he uses his extensive experience in the textile and knitting industry to bring an elevated sense of material, texture, and light to his designs. He has been published in multiple books, the most notable by a New York Times best-selling author.


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Mahya Salehi is a designer at Baran Studio Architecture. She completed her Bachelor of Architecture at Ferdowsi University in Iran and completed the Architecture Advanced Course at University of California, Berkeley. She is interested in social sustainability and human behavior in architectural settings which portrays in her design process. In addition to architecture, Mahya has experience in graphic design.



Serena Elston is the Business Manager at Baran Studio Architecture. She has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has worked in Design/Build and Art Directed large installations for events around New England and California. She works closely with the design and management staff to help the office achieve its goals, and has been instrumental in several Baran Studio milestones since coming aboard.



Kate Pickering is the Business Development Manager at Baran Studio Architecture. She has a Bachelor of Art in Art History and History from the University of British Columbia and has worked in magazines, sales, and investigative research. She is a published photographer and journalist. Kate designs and implements business development and marketing strategies to increase awareness of the studio and strengthen brand and online presence. She also manages most interactions with new clients – from winning new projects to working with a client’s every day needs and questions. Under her supervision, Baran Studio has been published in numerous books and magazines including Sunset, The Huffington Post, and Domus. To see a complete list of publications, check out the recognition section of the Baran Studio site.