Brett Terpeluk was born and raised in rural Pennsylvaniawhere he developed a keen appreciation for nature, history,materials and the primal forms and spaces of agrarianarchitecture. He received his BA from Princeton Universityand his Masters in Architecture on fellowship from Rice University, where he was awarded the prestigious Fossi traveling fellowship for outstanding student work.
Upon graduation, Brett began a decade-long collaboration with Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano in Genoa Italy. It washere, among Mr. Piano and a select group of international architects,that Brett was able to nurture his passion for designand his knowledge of materials, sustainability and the craft ofbuilding. For Piano, Brett played a pivotal role in three iconicprojects: the Aurora Place Towers in Sydney Australia, the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the largest LEED Platinum museum inthe world, where he assumed the role of local project architect.
Brett founded Studio Terpeluk in 2008 as a continued explorationof the intersection of craft, design, and material expression. He has taught at the California College of the Arts and at University of California at Berkeley as a Friedman professor. Brett is involved in several non-profits and was past boardpresident of the AIA San Franciscoís Center for Architectureand Design. He has been awarded numerous design accoladesand his work has been published internationally in such journalsas the New York Times and the Washington Post. His firstrestaurant, Farina, was awarded best restaurant design in San Francisco by the American Institute of Architects and he hasbeen recognized as one of Californiaís emerging young designers. Brett lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter. He is fluent in Italian and is an avid fly-fisherman.
Brett is a licensed California architect and LEED accredited professional.