Charles Debbas established Debbas Architecture in Berkeley California in 1989 quickly carving a niche as an architect whose work is fluid, well proportioned and non-traditional.
Routed in minimalism it takes as its inspiration Japanese architecture and the words and works of Louis Kahn, Le Corbusier, Luis Baragan and Industrial Designer Luigi Colani. Charles’ work attempts to capture the spirit of each project individually staying clear of trends or solidly anchored styles of Architecture, allowing it to embrace genuine and timeless solutions in exploring clients’ aspirations and the infinite realm of creativity.
The one prevalent question we are asked as Architects is what style of Architecture our work is rooted in. At Debbas Architecture, we adhere to the principle that Design opens the path to an infinite realm of ideas and possibilities. We, thus, encourage every project to assume its own identity without resorting to the mimicking of past styles or existing trends although we respectfully tap into them, at times, for inspiration.
Imitation, we believe, severely inhibits the infinite potential of thought and creativity and as well as the playful use of proportion, materials, color and light.
Inspiration, on the other hand, allows us to embrace the spirit of something familiar, something comfortable and genuine without succumbing to trends and time.
Architecture, we believe, should strive to transcend its physicality and lead us on a journey of wonder and discovery. One that can ignite all our senses, illuminate the path to our inner being and bring emotions and memories, old and new, together timelessly in the way we experience it and in the ways it can speak to us or we to it.