Katherine C. Lambert

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Years of practice


Professional organizations

  • Joined AIA in 1996

Related websites


California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, commercial, institutional, residential


Katherine Lambert, AIA, is a founding principal of MAP – MetropolitanArchitectural Practice. Since the early 1990’s her pioneering research and practice in the areas of ecological and sustainable design, as well as community engagement, have been widely recognized as an influential voice. Today, she continues to evolve innovative responses to new projects through a wide-angle lens of promising approaches to sustainability. Among those is a design for a private residential compound sited on a 1,000 acre parcel in Sonoma, CA that will advance new and resourceful sustainable building concepts.

Prior to launching MAP, Ms. Lambert was a founding partner of FACE, an architectural firm producing nationally award-winning projects in the private and public sectors. As a principal, Katherine lead several key projects ranging from the design and development of an 18,000 sq ft restoration of a Willis Polk residence, to the Tenderloin Aids Resource Center to the 300 acre sustainable Thornton Ranch in Sonoma, CA. This project spanned a decade (from 1989-99) of early pioneering construction methods in rammed earth, straw bale construction and reclaimed lumber; in addition to the development of organic gardens, the implementation of indigenous plants and numerous outbuildings on this working ranch. These types or projects were so new to the governmental building departments at the time, that her firm literally contributed to the creation of reconfigured building codes in Sonoma County for the structural components of rammed-earth processes. In 1996, she authored “Dirt Manifesto” published initially online and then in Architecture Magazine in 1997. This was a bellwether call to the architectural profession to meld and prioritize progressive design principles with sustainable practices.

Her projects have been widely published in journals and periodicals such as Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, ID, Metropolis, and Interior Design. Her work can be found in international collections such as the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the Dia Foundation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Ms. Lambert received her education at UCLA’s Architectural Graduate Studies Program and the University of Minnesota. She currently chairs the Interior Architecture / Environmental Design Program at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA. She has served on the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Art Institute and Theatre Artaud.

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Major Buildings and Projects


  • F & M Marquette Bank, Minneapolis, MN ( restoration – Historical Landmark Bldg. )
  • Mickey’s Diner, Minneapolis, MN ( restoration – Historical Landmark Bldg. )
  • Peer Logic, San Francisco, CA
  • ONP Advertising, San Francisco, CA
  • Quokka Sports, San Francisco, CA
  • One Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA ( restoration – Historical Landmark Bldg. )
  • San Francisco Design Court, Brannan Street, San Francico, CA
  • San Francisco Opera, San Francisco, CA
  • TARC – Tenderloin Aids Resource Center, San Francisco, CA
  • TNDC – Tenderloin Neighborhood development Corporation – Housing, San Francisco, CA


  • Avenel Project Restoration ( Gregory Ain) Los Angeles, CA (restoration: Historical Landmark Bldg. )
  • Rocky Hill Ranch, Sonoma, CA
  • Willis Polk Residence, Presidio Hts., San Francisco, CA (restoration: Historical Landmark Bldg. )
  • Thornton Ranch, Sonoma, CA
  • M101 Residence, San Francisco, CA