FRANCISCO A. BEHR, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Design
Bachelor of Architecture - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Specialty Design Courses in Theaters, Museums, Urban Entertainment Centers - Harvard School of Design, Cambridge MA
Glenn Murcutt Masters Class Graduate 2009, Sidney Australia
American Institute of Architects
LEED BD+C Accredited Professional
Licensed Architect - State of California
Licensed Architect - State of Colorado
Nevada State Board of Architecture Interior Design and Residential Design
As Director of Design, Francisco is responsible for overseeing the design and planning of the firm’s projects from their initial programming through construction. He has developed an extensive background in the planning and design of entertainment, commercial, retail and mixed used projects both in his firm and as a consultant for public agencies. He has extensive experience dealing with community groups, special committees and regulatory organizations.
Locally, Francisco has been the Principal responsible for designing and entitling some of the largest and most important projects in the area. Since 1984 he has had personal experience within the City’s of Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Simi Valley, and Westlake Village. He has assisted the City of Agoura Hills and the City of Thousand Oaks in the preparation of ordinances and design guidelines for development. He has contributed much of his time and resources to many local organizations, clubs and charities. He is currently volunteering his time to design a new Regional Art Museum for the City of Thousand Oaks.
In addition, Francisco has extensive experience in developing Master Plans, Specific Plans and Strategic Plans for both institutional and commercial clients. Locally he was responsible for the Seventh Day Adventist Specific Plan in Newbury Park, the 2800 acre mixed use “Canyons” Plan in Simi Valley and the 30 acre Westlake Plaza Center East in Westlake Village. Francisco has been involved in the planning of various academic Campuses such as, The Masters College in Santa Clarita California; Viewpoint School in the City of Calabasas, California; the Seventh Day Adventist Academy in Newbury Park and the Simi Valley Jewish Life Center.
Francisco has extensive planning and urban design experience. He was selected by the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s office to participate in the L.A. Coliseum Renovation workshop, and participated in four of the five federally sponsored LA/DAPT (Los Angeles Design Actions Planning Team) workshops held in Los Angeles. He has been invited by the cities of New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Petersburg, VA, Kingsman, AZ, Helena, AK, and Seattle, WA to assist in developing urban design ideas for critical sections of their downtowns. Francisco received a National Service Award from the American Institute of Architects for his pro-bono services to numerous other communities throughout the Unites States.
Francisco has been an instructor in U.C.L.A. Extension’s Landscape Architecture Program since 1985, teaching Basic Design, Advanced Site Design and Urban Design Studio. He is also a visiting Architectural Critic and Mentor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Architecture program.