Guy Cass Architect, AIA, NCARB
Guy developed a passion for Architecture and construction at an early age. Growing up in the Pacific Palisades and Point Dume, Malibu, he frequented construction sites of homes in the neighborhoods. These inspired him as he built dozens of backyard forts and tree houses from left over lumber.
While attending Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Guy worked on custom residences at Samuel Tolkin AIA and Ron Goldman FAIA. Later he formed a design studio Einy/Cass Projects in Santa Monica with fellow SCI-Arc student, Edmund Einy FAIA, focusing on residential and small commercial projects. After graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Architecture, he was Architect on the JW Marriott Flagship Hotel (now InterContinental Hotel), Century City and a Planner on the Squaw Peak Extension Freeway Alignment Study, Phoenix, Arizona at Gruen Associates, Los Angeles. In 1989, Guy was recruited by Summit Architects, Santa Monica, for the SGI Cultural Center, Honolulu, and Soka University Master Plan, Calabasas.
He developed an appreciation for the 1920’s Spanish Revival style during a historical restoration to the King Gillette Mansion (Central Hall) and caretaker cottage designed by renowned Architect of the Hollywood Golden Era, Wallace Neff. It was the heart and inspiration of Soka University Calabasas. This style of work inspired Guy to launch his own practice in Santa Monica specializing in Mediterranean, restoration, and contemporary style homes in 2004.
Guy is enkindled by the warmth and charm of Spanish Revival homes, and the innovative spaces of contemporary homes. The use of daylight, natural ventilation, proportion, function and circulation are key elements in his designs. Guy resides in Santa Monica with his lovely wife Ki-young.