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What’s in a name? Red dots are ubiquitous, from a Bindi to a sold sign for artwork, each one a simple “solution” to complex requirements. Our design approach, akin to the simplicity of a red dot, looks for everyday beauty and meaning, drawing from the Bay Area Tradition, the natural world and an appreciation of craft.

Buildings grow. They absorb the vestiges of life and become places. The more thoughtful, the more spontaneous, the more revered, the more irreverent, the more precise, the more imperfect, the more sublime the place.

It is time to move beyond sustainability. It is time to create design practices that allow abundance- an abundance of clean water through onsite percolation systems, an abundance of light through day-lighting practices, an abundance of air through natural ventilation.

Our process elicits discovery and fun, a synthesis shared among studio, client and construction team. Red Dot Studio believes that the built environment can support, enhance, uplift, enlighten and foster good for people and the community. Our projects are narratives allowing the life that occurs within to continue to shape the space.

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Karen Curtiss

Karen Curtiss Principal

Born and raised on the East Coast, Karen Curtiss studied in Scotland and lived in Hungary when the iron curtain fell, while training in the sport of fencing, before settling in San Francisco in 1995. Her time overseas gave her an appreciation for old and new architecture rubbing shoulders with each other and informed her respect for cultural context, and improving the human experience.

Karen holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a MA in Interior Architecture and obtained her architecture license through apprenticeship while an Associate at EHDD Architecture. Karen absorbed the Bay Area Tradition, taking every opportunity to tour Esherick houses and through working on complex institutional projects, developed excellent project management skills. With a profound respect for the skill of a good construction crew and client relations, Karen sees her role on a project as both the generator and the keeper of good ideas no matter who proposes them.

Jackie Adams

Jackie Adams

Jackie has provided integral support to staple San Francisco organizations such as SFMOMA, Project Open Hand, ACLU, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center and the Community Music Center, in their development and administrative efforts for over fifteen years.

At Community Music Center she was involved with the capital campaign and supported a 95-year-old organization’s goal of expanding its campus and bringing more accessibility to its community of learners and musicians. This experience has reinforced her belief that a well-conceived, creatively-designed and efficiently-produced physical space can bring a community together and increase its inclusivity.

Jackie holds a BA in Fine Arts from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in printmaking and photography.

Lyda Cort

Lyda Cort

Lyda has been working in the design and art world for over 3 decades. With a background in fashion, photo styling, interiors, art and textiles, Lyda is intrigued by textures and colors and the ways they mix and layer in life and space. Working in architecture libraries since 2000, allows her to combine her interest in materials and her affinity to organize.

Lyda holds a MFA in Fiber Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a BS in Fashion Design from the University of Cinncinati School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning in Ohio. Some of the company’s she has worked with throughout her career include: Esprit de Corp, Levi Strauss, Smith and Hawken, Helly Henson, Lundberg Design, Sagan Piechota Architecture and Boor Bridges Architecture.

Alix Daguin

Alix Daguin

Alix loves small spaces because people experience things on that scale every day. The humble medieval structures, brought to modern times by thoughtful design interventions, in the small French town where her grandparents live – rather than the skyscrapers of Manhattan where Alix was born and raised – sparked her interest in architecture.

Her passion for design, space and creating experiences for people, particularly through food, led Alix to Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where she co-founded a group that produces experiential dining installations, then to California College of the Arts for a Masters in Architecture. Prior to joining Red Dot Studio, Alix worked at Agence Jean Nouvel in Paris and Tihany Design in New York City.

Alan Dougherty

Alan Dougherty

A second generation architect and San Francisco Bay Area native, Alan grew up in a quintessential modern home designed by his architect-engineer father in the mid-1950s. This early exposure to expansive glass walls, Danish furniture, Nelson lamps and all things Heath fueled his interest in both the aesthetics and the mechanics of modern architecture and design.

Alan brings nearly 15 years of experience in custom residential and estate projects. Prior to joining Red Dot Studio, Alan oversaw multi-discipline design projects at Sand Studios.

A California College of the Arts alum, Alan holds a California architects license. But his greatest achievement to-date is the painstaking, multi-year restoration of a 1970 Triumph GT6.

Barbara Jakubauskaitė

Barbara Jakubauskaitė

Raised in Lithuania by a family of architects, Barbora Jakubauskaite grew up immersed in a world of functional design and cultural aesthetic. Fueled by her passion, the first of her many compositions stands today in her family’s hometown, a reminder of the value of design in improving the community experience. With a human-centric focus, Barbora creates environments that visually reflect the quintessence of the occupants without compromising on utilitarian aspects.

Prior to joining Red Dot Studio, she worked at Proporcija LP where she served clients across custom residence and commercial building projects. Barbora holds a Master’s in Heritage Protection from Vilnius University, and a Bachelor’s in Architecture from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.


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