atelier KS is a San Francisco based design studio founded by husband-wife team Seth Pare-Mayer and Kelli Franz. 'Atelier' translates to 'workshop' in French, which is how we operate our studio - in a perpetual state of exploration. Specializing in a range of projects both residential and commercial, we aim to balance practical solutions with innovative modern designs. Continuous collaboration with our clients and project team guides our process, with each project being designed around the unique needs of program, client, site, and budget.
Seth earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and studied architecture at the Ecole d'Architecture-Val de Seine in Paris, France. Seth developed a love for fabrication processes and tectonic connections early on in life, which he carries into the development of each project's detailing. He is a dedicated presence throughout construction, working collaboratively with builders to create spaces that are beautiful in their finer details. Prior to co-founding the studio, Seth worked at various architecture firms in San Francisco and San Luis Obispo.
Prior to co-founding the studio, Kelli worked as a designer at various architecture firms in San Francisco, San Diego, and Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and studied at the Washington Alexandria Architecture Consortium in Alexandria, Virginia. She has a strong background in art, design, and music which informs her sense of composition and spatial problem solving. She expresses her design intentions through sketches and various digital media, exploring a variety of materials, textures, colors, patterns, and systems.
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