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Atelier Derek Uskert, helping you create your dream home

We build livable spaces together.

Atelier Derek Uskert is an award winning Architecture firm located in San Francisco, CA. We are a detail oriented firm with a client first mentality that measures our success in terms of client happiness. We are thrilled that the majority of our clients are word of mouth referrals from previous clients, often including their parents and extended family. Our practice focus is working with home owners that wish to create a one-of-a-kind custom luxury home.

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From The Heart of San Francisco

Derek was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Prior to starting Atelier Derek Uskert (ADU) in 2010, Derek worked in multiple award winning firms including internationally renowned Landry Design Group.

Derek's father, Boris, practiced as an Architect and designed homes in Northern California. Boris came to the United States after leaving Czechoslovakia during the Prague Spring. Derek is therefore a second generation Architect and first generation American. He is currently a licensed Architect in California.

Awards & Affiliations

Best of Houzz 2022 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2021 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2019 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2016 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2015 - Client Satisfaction
Best of Houzz 2014 - Client Satisfaction
Houzz Pro Software User
Star Houzzer
Recommended on Houzz
1,000 Ideabook Saves
The American Institute of Architects
Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

Kind Words About Us

Derek did a fantastic job helping us with our house remodel/addition project. Starting with reworking architectural drawing, then overlooking the creation of construction drawings and permitting, he also was extremely helpful and always instantly available throughout the entire course of the construction. Derek is an amazing architect, very professional, creative, fast, up-to-date. He is a pleasure to work with! I would highly recommend Derek!Read More

"Great flow.." "Comfortable" "Well planned" "OMG, the detail! " "Wow, wow, wow" "Your house is absolutely stunning" "I want to live here!" Those are verbatim quotes from the first two weeks of visitors to our home. Derek did a fantastic job understanding our taste, and designing a home that matched it. His design, however, was far better than what we could have imagined. We requested "timeless, traditional, charming, whimsical, elegant". Derek delivered on all of it. He is intelligent, intuitive, responsive and highly skilled. In addition to the design and engineering phases, he supervised construction to ensure compliance with building, energy efficiency, and Bureau of Sanitation codes, as well as ensuring that his design was implemented by my contractor. The result: a well built, energy efficient home. that looks just like his original sketch. Attached is the color rendering that was done prior to the start of construction. Followed by the finished house.Read More

Derek, My wife an I hired Derek to redesign our kitchen and some other items around the house. He came up with a plan that my wife and I loved for an open concept kitchen. We were originally going to just re-do the kitchen, but once we saw his plan there was no question it was a better option. Better for our lives and for the resale! The plan is completed and we are getting ready for construction. He has made himself available for all of our questions and was easy to work with on several revisions. We highly recommend Derek and are excited to share pictures once the job is complete. TKRead More

Worked with derek over a year long period beginning with as built drawings and continuing on through the minutiae of a huge full house reno project. Apart from amazing skills he also has the patience of a statue; which when dealing with all the hassles associated with renovation projects, can certainly come in handy.Read More

Derek was an outstanding in the complete restructuring of the apartment. His advice, guidance and professionalism in design,plans, and city approvals was beyond expectations.Read More

Derek is a smart, creative, accomplished professional whose architectural designs and oversight of my home improvement project was the best thing I ever did - from both an aesthetic and financial point of view.Read More

Derek designed a re-design of our master bath to make it more functional and pretty! We told him our budget and he came back with designs and we had it done...That is exactly how simple it was. Derek understood exactly what we wanted and that is/was exactly what we got. The room is very elegant has simple clean lines and we love it. Derek is so easy to work with, he listens and then shows and if not what you wanted, he's back at the drawing board. When we have more to re-model, Derek is the first one we will call!Read More

Derek has a keen eye for spacial planning and creative design, specifically in small spaces where maximizing usage and multi-functional usage are requested. We would use him again and would refer him again.Read More

Derek a talented architect who goes above and beyond to serve his clients; he is fantastic to work with. He re-worked our 2,150sq ft ranch style house to provide a much more effective floor plan, with nice flow and great function. He created an attractive space with lots of natural light and raised ceilings. He also re-designed the front & side exterior to improve curb appeal. He introduced us to a number of quality contractors and other suppliers, and stayed close through the whole process of construction. He offered lots of options and alternatives along the way, kept us on track with design choices, and kept his sense of humor throughout! We love our new space, and get tons of compliments, even from passers-by in the street. Before-and-after valuations indicate we have more than re-couped the investment. Couldn't be happier with the end result.Read More

End product met our expectation. He's really detail oriented. He does a good job coordinating with vendors. When issues arise he goes out of his way to solve any problems he can.Read More