Photo by Rick Dublin

Photo by Rick Dublin




Peter Benoit has more than 20 years of experience in architecture and design.  Prior to founding Peter Benoit Architect, he worked at Melander Architects in San Francisco, Helfand Myerberg Guggenheimer Architects in New York City, Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Architects in Boston, and as a carpenter with John Pierce & Co. in Massachusetts.

Peter received his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, earning the Paul M. Braun Fellowship and AIA/AAF Scholarship, and participated in the University's first Interdisciplinary Transit Oriented Design Studio in Tianjin, China.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, with a semester in Copenhagen at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.

Peter was part-time faculty for seven years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.  He taught design studio, thesis advising, perspective drawing and freehand drawing in both the undergraduate and graduate departments.  He has been a guest critic at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Southern California School of Architecture. Peter Benoit Architect, Inc. was an invited participant in the Los Angeles Department of City Planning PVP Urban Design Review Sessions and RE:CODE initiative at LA City Hall in 2017. 

Peter was born and raised in Concord, Massachusetts.  He travels extensively, enjoys backcountry hiking in the wilderness, golf, skiing, and observes the world through drawing, sketching, watercolor and photography. 



Licensed Architect, State of California

Registered Architect, State of Nevada

Registered Architect, State of New York

Registered Architect, State of New Jersey

NCARB Certified

American Institute of Architects



Home! Best of Living Design,
Braun Publishing
Winter 2013

Dwell, "7 Clever Loft Spaces For Small Places"                           September 2012

Dwell, "Clad Romance", Emeryville Loft, 5 page spread        
November 2011

Tianjin Transit-oriented Development:
Principles & Prototypes

University of California, Berkeley
CED UC Berkeley Student Design Archive                                
Fall 2003

Architectural League
Exhibit of The LIBRARY Initiative
November 2002

American School & University Portfolio Awards Issue, LIBRARY
November 2002
Virginia Studio Record
UVa Architecture School



Mina Nishio is lead Project Manager in charge of our junior architects, BIM and drawing set production in the studio.  She is process-driven and professional beyond her years.  Mina is a San Diego native with a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  She travels extensively, and spends as much time as she can with her Jack Russell Terriers.


Ando is a Shiba Inu, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has been with the company since its founding.  

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