Through the intersection of context, materials, environment, technology, and detail, Frances Temple-West Architect creates elegant, thoughtful and imaginative design solutions. 

We bring diverse experience to each project drawing out the unique and distinctive in order to realize each client’s goals. Working collaboratively, we guide the owner through the design process from initial program and concepts through construction. Sensitive to time and economic constraints, we strive to accommodate the individual needs of each project. We produce well detailed and comprehensive design documentation in order to streamline the construction process. We place high value on communication and the working relationships between the owner, architect and contractor in order to achieve an exceptional project.

Frances’ professional background includes extensive experience with high-end residential work in addition to museum exhibit design, theater/performance space design, retail and office design. Having worked for and been mentored by architects Harry Elson, Mitchell Kurtz and Mark Cavagnero, Frances’ projects included The Cherry Lane Theater, New York, NY; Pregones Theater, Bronx, NY; The Museum of Art and Design, New York, NY; Lighthouse International, New York, NY; Marin Community Foundation, Marin, CA; Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA; Lambertson Truex, New York and Los Angeles; Levi’s, New York, NY; Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie stores, various locations; Discovery Channel Store, San Francisco, CA; and Footlocker, Boston, MA.

Frances was a team member for the following award winning projects:

2003 AIA San Francisco Excellence in Design Award for the Marin Community Foundation Home Office. Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects

2000 Store of the Year. VMSD International Store Design for the Discovery Channel Destination Store San Francisco, CA. Pompei AD

1998 First Place (Specialty Stores over 10,000 SF) Institute of Store Planners - VMSD International Store Design for the Footlocker Triplex Arsenal Mall, MA. Elkus / Manfredi Architects

Most recently, Frances was a Visiting Instructor with the Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech where she taught third and fourth year design studios and the Building Systems lecture class. Her area of research focuses on ancient methods of water management in the built environment and how these may have applications in contemporary society.

Frances holds a Master of Architecture from Virginia Tech and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Catholic University of America. In addition, Frances attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she studied Industrial Design. She established her practice in 2006.

Frances is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)  and is licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania and is an accredited LEED Green Associate.