Andrew Dunbar is a licensed architect in California with over 25 years of architectural project design and management experience in both public and private projects in the US and Canada. As a founding partner of INTERSTICE Architects he acts as the studio’s architectural design leadership. Andrew’s recent work in the Bay Area includes civic spaces, custom residential projects, commercial buildings and interiors, streetscapes, multi-acre campus landscapes, parks, multi-family housing, and campus master plans, many of which have received AIA and ASLA recognition.
Andrew’s extensive travel, urban research, and broad project experience in Canada, Europe and the Bay Area has defined his interest in place and material expression. Andrew’s early professional design career was shaped by his experience as a senior designer and project architect with Saucier-Perrotte in Montreal, where his work encompassed the design of major public cultural centers, including museums, theaters, universities, and libraries, as well as commercial projects.
Andrew has spent over a decade teaching art and architecture at Bay Area institutions including California College of the Arts and University of California Berkeley. He has taught Graduate level architecture design studios as well as various interdisciplinary art and architectural studios from Foundation 2, 3 and 4-Dimensional studios in Bachelor of art, architecture and Master of Architecture Programs. Andrew is an accomplished painter, artist and maker of architectural and functional objects. His works from studios in Barcelona, Vienna and Glasgow were the subject of the traveling exhibit “City Works” through the support of the Hylcan Foundation Award.
Andrew is a LEED accredited professional, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Architecture from McGill University, where he graduated with Distinction, and a Master of Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew was awarded the AIA certificate of merit for design achievement, The President’s College Prize from the Order of Architects of Quebec, and the Hugh McLennan Memorial Travel Scholarship among others.
He has written articles for Art Papers and has published papers on visual theory and representation as well as lecturing at McGill University, University of Montreal, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and California College of the Arts and UC Berkeley in the Bay area. As visual artist, teacher, and architect his work evolves from an ongoing experimentation with materials and various processes of making, which is applied reflexively to the making of architecture and landscapes through a critical investigative lens.
Principal Landscape Architect
As the studio’s CEO and Managing Principal, Zoee Astrachan collaborates on all projects and directs office operations. Zoee is a licensed landscape architect in California, a LEED accredited professional with over twenty years of Landscape Architecture project design and management experience.
Zoee’s expertise is in the realm of urban landscapes, where her extensive civic design experience working with institutional clients, developers and community-based organizations in the Bay Area has resulted in the design of numerous health care environments, streetscapes, institutional campuses, office building courtyards, and public gardens and parks. As a partner at IA she brings her critical design focus to work collaboratively on all of the firms projects including private residences, commercial buildings, civic structures and larger scale multi-family, mixed-use typologies to create places with longevity and cultural significance.
Zoee’s perpetual interest in material and craft, was manifested early in her career through works in hand bookbinding and photography. This work focused her attention on the interface between landscape and architecture, artifact and the natural word. Material and craft at the interface between architecture and landscape, geometry and ecology, drawing and building, continue to drive her interest and work in design.
Zoee has taught art and design at California College of the Arts and has been a visiting critic at McGill University and the University of California at Berkeley. Zoee earned her Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania, preceded by a Bachelor of Arts in Design of the Environment achieved at the University of Pennsylvania.
Outside the office, Zoee is an avid mid-distance runner, and in a former life was a practicing equestrian competitor in Combined Training. She spent her youth growing up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and has lived in the Mission neighborhood of San Francisco for over 15 years.