Amato Architecture: Firm Profile

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Magnolia Bar

The architectural design firm, Amato Architecture, was founded by licensed architect, Rebecca Ivans Amato, AIA in 2001. With a focus on green building principles and design services for residential, commercial and restaurant projects, Amato Architecture is recognized for their creative solutions and singular endeavors.

Named “Best Architect” by Oakland Magazine in 2015, Amato Architecture strives to meet the needs and expectations of a unique and diverse client base. “Our clients’ satisfaction is the utmost priority,” says Amato, “and our success is reflected by an extensive depth of return clients and personal referrals for which I’m most proud.” Unwilling to be defined by a particular design style, Amato Architecture prefers to embrace the unique architectural characteristics of each structure with a balanced blend of process and approach, with the client’s desired aesthetic and goals always in mind. For the past 15 years, Amato Architecture has found a comfortable niche in the Rockridge community of Oakland, completing 50+ residential additions and remodels in this community alone.

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Selected for the Rockridge Kitchen Tour, the firm’s Ross Street remodel project exemplifies Amato Architecture’s customized and collaborative approach to design. In this historic Storybook Mansion, vaulted ceilings and exposed beams were added in the kitchen to mimic the home’s great room. This visual unification seamlessly integrated the new kitchen with the rest of the home, while tiles and finishes were enthusiastically selected by the owners and coordinated by Amato Architecture to ensure a unified result. The owner/architect collaboration has always been a critical component to ensuring a positive experience and outcome for Amato Architecture’s clients.


South of Giant’s stadium, San Francisco’s burgeoning Dogpatch neighborhood is another hotbed of projects for the firm. Since 2008, Amato Architecture has successfully completed three restaurant and commercial projects, including Serpentine Restaurant, Dogpatch Winery and Magnolia Brewery & Smokestack Restaurant. Currently under construction is an extensive, 12,000 SF conversion of a boiler factory to a multiuse event space, restaurant and bar, with roof-top garden – slated to open in Spring 2016.

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Ross Street

Amato Architecture will begin construction on at least two, ground-up residential projects this year – an exciting development for the firm. One is a 5-bedroom, 5-bath, beachfront vacation home on Maui, HI and the other is the rebuilding of a Lake County, CA summer residence, where the owners lost their home in the devastating fires of 2015. Both homes will have their own unique, dramatically modern aesthetic with multiple, indoor-outdoor connection points for seamless integration into the natural surroundings. Utilizing the energy efficient building systems and materials, the team is embracing the goal of achieving a net zero environmental footprint for both.

Necessitated by business growth, Amato Architecture recently moved to larger offices in Emeryville. “Our expanding staff allows us to pursue many opportunities,” says Amato. “We are very excited to develop our skills and apply our experience to future projects.”

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