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Appleton Partners LLP – was established by Marc Appleton in 1976, and has offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. We have designed over 700 projects and specialize in the planning, design, and landscaping of custom residential, institutional and commercial projects for both private and public clients. Our projects include additions, restorations and the adaptive reuse of existing buildings as well as new construction. We have been extensively published in major design periodicals and have won numerous awards and competitions.
Design is a collaborative process with our clients, inspired by their specific desires, needs, program, and budget. The location, environment, and siting of each project strongly influence this process, and a harmonious relationship between the buildings and landscape is always an essential concern.
Whether contemporary or traditional in style, our architecture strives for an appreciation of place and time. The work is diverse and eclectic, and we reject the idea that a successful design practice needs to be “branded” or have a consistent signature style, or that architecture always has to shout. Our practice is instead an enterprise of quiet but attentive craft.
Founding Principal, AIA
Marc Appleton - Founding Principal, AIA
Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP – Architects with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. Marc is a graduate of Harvard College (1968) and has a Masters of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture (1972). He apprenticed at several architectural firms, including Benjamin Thompson & Associates, MacAllister, Rinehart & Ring, and Frank O. Gehry & Associates, before opening his own practice in 1976. His design work has received many awards and been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, and other periodicals. From its inception, he was consistently named one of AD’s top 100 Designers.
In 1999, he wrote a new introduction and bibliography for Acanthus Press’s reprint of Rexford Newcomb’s Mediterranean Domestic Architecture in the United States followed by his publication of George Washington Smith: An Architect’s Scrapbook in 2001, California Mediterranean (Rizzoli Publications, 2007) and New Classicists (Images Publishing, 2008). He assisted in the publication of the book Casa del Herrero: The Romance of Spanish Colonial (Rizzoli Publications, 2009), published Myron Hunt at Occidental College by Robert Winter (2012), California Ranches (Rizzoli, 2012) and the series Master Architects of Southern California 1918-1941.
Marc is a founding member of the Appleton-Whittel Research Ranch Foundation in Arizona and the Mingei International Museum of World Folk Art in San Diego. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Prescott College in Arizona, The Cooper Union, NY, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, NY, the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture, as well as Casa del Herrero, Lotusland, and The Santa Barbara Historical Museum.
Managing Partner, AIA
Ken Mineau - Managing Partner, AIA
Kenneth Mineau, AIA, is a Principal at Appleton Partners LLP – Architects. Raised in the Midwest, he attended the University of California, Berkley, where he graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. After college, he practiced in Los Angeles, New York, and Santa Barbara. After designing several projects in Japan, China, and South East Asia he expatriated for several years to manage a satellite office for Berkus Group Architects and Kaplan Mclaughlin Diaz, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Special projects include work on the Sackler Museum at the University of Beijing, China; Campus master plans for Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts; Embassies for the Malaysian Government in Beijing, China and Ottawa, Canada; as well as a variety of medical, community and resort planning projects throughout California, Florida, Japan and Malaysia.
In 2000, Ken joined Appleton Partners as Director of the newly opened Santa Barbara office, where he oversees a variety of residential and commercial projects; most notably an extensive renovation of the historic San Ysidro Ranch Resort.
Andrew Scott - Partner
Andrew Scott is a Partner and Director of the Santa Monica office. Raised in Pacific Palisades, he attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture, where he graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. After college, he practiced in Los Angeles designing large retail centers in Denver, Southern California and Australia. In 2001, he completed his Master’s Degree of Architecture at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Urban Design and Architecture.
While in college, Andrew lived and studied in Como, Italy as part of the School of Architecture’s study abroad program where his passion for travel was born and has lead him to the following countries: Austria, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cook Islands, Denmark, England, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, and Switzerland.
In 2000, Andrew joined Appleton Partners as a designer. Over the past 13 years, he has managed numerous successful residential and commercial projects in Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach, Santa Monica, Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar, and Martha’s Vineyard. Andrew is married to Lauren, and they have a daughter Shelby. He is an active outdoorsman enjoying alpine climbing, mountain biking, skiing, camping, scuba diving, triathlons, and travel.
Andrea Van den Eikhof
Andrea Van den Eikhof - Associate Principal
A native of Los Angeles Andrea Van den Eikhof received her Master of Architecture from UCLA and joined Appleton team in 1997.
Andrea’s love of travel which has taken her throughout the world, sparked her appreciation of architecture at an early age, well preparing her for a career in traditional architecture. Her sensitivity to detail, proportion, and understanding of construction, as well as her ability to communicate and mitigate the client's desires into reality, and strong relationships with both consultants and contractors have resulted in a variety of exceptional projects.
In addition to her work on projects, Andrea’s leadership qualities include mentoring staff, directing production standards and constantly looking for new ways to improve the collaboration and office culture at Appleton.
Design Director, AIA, NCARB, ICAA
Leo Casas - Design Director, AIA, NCARB, ICAA
Leo’s passion for architecture started at an early age when he found himself on the job sites of his father’s construction projects. As the son of a builder and craftsman, the lessons learned through hands-on experience have served to form his approach to the craft of architecture in all its applications. Leo continued his pursuit of architectural training at the University of Notre Dame receiving both undergraduate and graduate degrees all while also participating in the School of Architecture’s renowned Rome Studies Program during three semesters of study abroad. Leo would go on to teach for that very same program in 2003 and 2004. After receiving his professional degrees, Leo practiced in prestigious firms in New York, Houston, and San Diego before becoming Town Architect of Seaside, FL and where he founded his eponymous firm, Braulio Casas Architects. Through his practice, Leo received many awards including a Palladio Award for a home in Seaside and Mizner Medals for homes in Seaside and Watercolor, Florida.
Since 2015, Leo Casas has served as Design Director for the firm’s two offices. In that capacity, Leo is responsible for all aspects of design during the life of a project from Schematic Design through Construction Administration collaborating closely with the design team and staff. Leo’s commitment to rigor and quality serve the Firm’s clientele well and is consistent with Appleton Partners’ mission to bring to life a rich regional approach to architecture all while implementing the principles of classical and traditional architecture.
Leo has worked closely with Marc Appleton, the firm’s founding Principal, on numerous buildings of many scales and a variety of building types. From large estates in wine country to resorts on the coast, their collaboration today continues the legacy established by Marc and carried on by the next generation of leaders at Appleton Partners, LLP. This collaborative creative process ensures that the prolific legacy will continue into the future.
Senior Project Manager, AIA
Paul Rubison - Senior Project Manager, AIA
Paul attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. Following college, Paul spent several years on the east coast working for commercial and residential firms in New Jersey and Washington D.C. While in D.C., he began using Building Information Modeling (BIM) Software. He later returned to Kentucky where he joined EOP Architects, a firm that developed a variety of projects ranging from mixed-use buildings and residential condos to academic facilities and fitness centers. In 2009 the firm was recognized by AIA Kentucky with their Distinguished Firm Award. Projects he worked on included a new 280,000 square foot research building for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Kentucky, as well as a stadium for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. In 2007, Paul attended Autodesk University and received advanced training in Revit and BIM technology. While at EOP, Paul held concurrent positions as both a Project Manager and the firm’s Senior BIM Manager.
Throughout his childhood, Paul was actively involved in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle. As an adult, Paul has continued his involvement in Scouting, first through his son’s Cub Scout Pack and now Boy Scout Troop. He currently volunteers as an Advancement Chair for his son’s Troop, working with the Scouts to assist with rank advancement and the tracking of accomplishments.
Paul Rubison is a Senior Project Manager in the Santa Barbara office of Appleton Partners LLP. He joined Appleton Partners in 2011 and enjoys collaborating with staff from both the Santa Barbara and Santa Monica locations in the development of projects and management of the offices. Paul has overseen numerous residential and commercial projects since joining Appleton Partners, some of which have been featured in national design publications including Veranda and Architectural Digest.
John P. Margolis
Senior Project Manager, AIA
John P. Margolis - Senior Project Manager, AIA
John P. Margolis was born in Boston, Massachusetts into an academic family full of intellectual and artistic diversity. He received his bachelor’s degree with a Major in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and later his Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. Early on he pursued his lifelong passion for architecture on urban and library design projects around the country during his tenure at numerous prestigious firms including Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott.
John’s primary interest has always been residential architecture and particularly the design of the built form and the surrounding landscape as a seamless unity. This prompted his master’s thesis planning and design study: The Villa and the Garden - Suburbia Reexamined at the Carolands mansion in Hillsborough, California.
In 2014, John relocated to Los Angeles to serve as Studio Director at Evens Architects, the traditional studio at the KAA Design Group after maintaining his own practice Margolis, Incorporated for over twenty years on the affluent Gold Coast north of Boston. There he designed many varied residential designs - predominantly in the traditional vernacular, typical of the grand estates built over a century earlier. His projects have been published in periodicals both domestically and in Europe. In 2019, John joined the Santa Barbara office of Appleton Partners LLP as a Senior Project Manager.
His passion for classical and traditional architecture led him to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) in 1990 where he currently serves as the Vice President of the Southern California Chapter, and was recently elected to Fellow of the ICAA. John has also served as New England Chapter President for five consecutive years. John is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is licensed in Massachusetts. John also serves on the Regional Cabinet and National Council for his alma mater Washington University in St. Louis.
John is an avid watercolor painter, gardener, foodie and tennis player. Moving to Appleton Partners in Santa Barbara has offered new opportunities for interpreting traditional approaches with the unique perspective of the Southern California climate. John also enjoys sketching and creating environments for timeless and harmonious living.