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Andy Neumann

Partner Emeritus
Architect, State of California - License No. C10273
Served on the Montecito Board of Architectural Review
Served on Board of Directors, Citizens Planning Association
Served on Board of Directors, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
Served on Board of Directors, Santa Barbara Middle School
Served on the Appropriations Committee, Santa Barbara Foundation
Served on the Board of the Stanley's Reef Foundation
Served as President of the Santa Barbara Surf Club

Education

Graduated with Honors with a
Bachelor of Science, 5 year professional degree in Architecture
University of California at Berkeley, 1970
Scholarships from the Santa Barbara Scholarship Foundation and the US Surfing Association

With NMA Since

I have been with NMA since its inception in July 2003.  Dave, Mary and I have been working together for twenty five years, and the partnership has been a natural progression of the firm.  I have practiced architecture in Santa Barbara for over forty years as a founding partner of Seaside Union Architects in 1976 and as sole proprietor Andy Neumann Architect beginning in 1993.  My Berkeley background has been instrumental in the evolution of my humanistic, problem solving design process.

My Life

Born on a small island in Indonesia shortly after WW2, my family relocated back to Holland in 1951. My father's untimely death lead to another relocation to Santa Barbara in 1955 Through my wife’s family my children were fifth generation at Santa Barbara High. I am so fortunate to be able to live here among my extended family and so many dear friends and colleagues.

My Inspiration

My grandfather was the Architect for the City of Utrecht in the Netherlands and my father was a mechanical engineer, graduating from the University of Delft. My inspiration came when I finally started taking art classes and architecture seemed like the perfect artistic profession.  Today my inspiration comes from many sources, Family, Nature, People, Magical Realism, the Sea, Ken Minor and certainly my dear friend and mentor, the late Paul Tuttle. 

Favorite Memory

Among my favorite memories are going on the “Grand Tour of Europe” in the summer of '68 with my dear friend and fellow architecture student Greg Oaksen, marrying my high school sweetheart Yvonne Thornburgh, the births of my children Emilie and Tarek, my wonderful son in law Sameer Pandya, and the births of our grandchildren, Ravi and Ishan.  I feel truly blessed to live here on the South Coast and have so many amazing opportunities to design dream homes for wonderful clients on amazing sites.

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