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The Founders

The founders of the Edwards-Pitman, Peter Edwards and John Pitman, were natives of Santa Barbara and whose fathers were also architects. 

Peter Edwards’ father, William Albert Edwards, formed the firm of Edwards-Plunkett with Joseph Plunkett in 1928.  Their work included the Arlington Theatre and the Santa Barbara Airport Terminal, and their residential work helped shape the city’s Mediterranean architectural style. John Pitman’s father, Richard Hickman Pitman, was an associate of James Osborn Craig, architect of the El Paseo and the Hoffman House.

In the Beginning

Peter Edwards and John Pitman founded Edwards-Pitman in 1957.

Unlike today, they were one of only a few architectural firms in Santa Barbara and although small in size, they managed to acquire major work throughout the city. In time, the firm grew in popularity in commercial development and hired Richard Redmond in 1979. By the mid 90's, Richard took the reins and headed nearly all design coming through the firm; in 1998 he became a partner.

As the founders retired, Richard Redmond has enjoyed the firm’s continued success and contributes consistently to the exquisite architectural landscape of the American Riviera and beyond.  Richard is now the owner and principal at Edwards-Pitman Architects.

Distinctive Santa Barbara Architecture

Over the last 6 decades Edwards-Pitman has produced a significant number of distinctive Santa Barbara landmarks.

The firm has been sought after by some of the city's most respected residents and celebrities alike for their professional guidance as well as to capture their individual architectural visions. Edwards-Pitman has an in-depth background in Santa Barbara's Mediterranean and Spanish style architecture and given its long history, the firm fully understands the complex city and county policies which can be one of the most arduous aspects of getting a job completed.

Professional and Community Associations

John Pitman ~

• Fellow in the American Institute of Architects
• Chairman of Santa Barbara Conservancy
• Chairman of the City of Santa Barbara Historic Landmarks Commission
• Board of Directors Downtown Organization
• Trustee Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
• Trustee of the Santa Barbara Historical Society
• Trustee of the Courthouse Legacy Foundation
• Board member of the Trust for Historic Preservation
• President of the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara, Inc.
• S.B.C.A.I.A., Director to California Council of A.I.A.
• Founding President of Marymount School
• President of Santa Barbara Beautiful
• President of Mission Canyon Association
• President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
• Chairman of the County of Santa Barbara Board of Architectural Review

Peter Edwards ~

• Member of the Architectural Board of Review for the City of Santa Barbara
• Historic Landmarks Committee
• Trustee for the Museum of Natural History
• Director of the Phoenix House
• Trustee for Santa Barbara Heritage
• President of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
• Member of the National American Institute of Architects Committee on Environmental Education

Richard Redmond ~

• Member of American Institute of Architects - AIA
• Member of Sunrise Rotary
• Member of Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce

Most of our work is done in Santa Barbara and Montecito yet we have taken on projects in San Francisco, Ventura, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sun Valley, Idaho, Maui, Hawaii, and Atlanta, Georgia. If you are not local but would like to use our services we may consider taking on your project. Contact us today for a consultation.