A 30 year Ventura County resident, Bruce Labins first established his architectural practice in 1988. Bruce has designed a wide variety of architectural projects throughout Southern California, in communities including Ventura, Santa Barbara, Malibu, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Glendale. Bruce is committed to excellence; serving his clients with the care, expertise, professionalism, high ethical standards, and timeliness that his clients have come to appreciate. Bruce personally oversees all aspects of his projects including program development, design, 3D digital modeling, CAD construction documents, structural design, and site observation. Several of Bruce's multi-family projects have been distinguished by local planning departments and architectural review boards as references for design guidelines.
Challenging sites are found throughout Bruce's portfolio including hillsides, non-standard lots, urban in-fill, and poor soils conditions. Bruce has extensive experience in obtaining variances and solving grading challenges. He is tenacious when working with building design committees to champion the project to obtain entitlements.
|Education||1984 Bachelor of Architecture
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
|Professional Licenses||Architect, State of California, C 17882|
|Professional Affiliations||Tau Sigma Delta, Honor Society in Architecture|
|Awards||ELAN AWARD for Best Design Luxury Home Attached,
The Pointe at Malibu Condominiums
Bruce is deeply committed to maintaining and raising the professional standards of the industry, through mentoring the next generation of Architects. Toward that end, Bruce offers paid internship opportunities to high school and college students, interested in pursuing their studies in Architecture. Interns have practical opportunities to learn about architectural practice through direct participation in design, CAD drafting, 3D digital modeling, and construction site visits. In addition, Bruce has taught Architecture Practice at Ventura College.
For 20 years, Bruce has enjoyed regularly volunteering his time by teaching perspective drawing to elementary school students. His staff participates with him on these rewarding sessions.
An active member of Ventura Yacht Club, Bruce is an avid sailor and competes in local and international sailing regattas in the J/24 one-design sailboat class. He enjoys introducing sailing to his staff and newcomers. Bruce is a leader in the Ventura Pickleball Club. He is a competitive player and enjoys coaching. Bruce is an enthusiastic gardener and appreciator of succulents and California Native plants. He tours botanical gardens often to add to his plant palette.
Anneli Labins, married to Bruce, has been a part of Bruce Labins Architect since it began in 1988, assisting as a Drafter, then Bookkeeper and Office Manager. Anneli has a Bachelor in Psychology from CSUN and an Associate in Accounting.
Sharing an interest in Architecture, and working alongside Bruce these many years, Anneli’s experience makes her a thoughtful observer of our work. Her candid opinions have influenced the designs, and on occasion have been credited for “saving the project.” Anneli assists with our graphic presentations using Photoshop and PowerPoint.
Anneli is an avid amateur musician and appreciator of music. She enjoys singing with local choral groups. Anneli also enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing, cooking, and working on her sense of humor.
Kimberly Cheadle, Associate
After my summer internship with Bruce Labins, Architect and Associates, I am thrilled they invited me to join the team after graduation. Earning my Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo was a rewarding achievement, and I hope to follow this with California licensure soon! This office is the perfect place for me to pursue this goal; in a fun, productive culture I am regularly introduced to a wide scope of projects and industry conditions which expand my experience as an emerging professional. I am encouraged to meet the challenges and responsibilities that come with increasing knowledge and skills.
So far my favorite part of professional practice is client meetings. I find discussion and creative problem solving energizing! Talking with project participants about what their building can achieve encourages me to perform excellent work. I believe purposeful, thoughtful architectural design impacts our daily well-being in the places we live and work; as such, I look forward to a rewarding and meaningful career.