Horst Architects, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Horst Noppenberger, AIA and is based in Laguna Beach, California. The practice has evolved into a multi-disciplinary group producing work which bridges technology with cultural and environmental awareness. Our approach to design affirms the possibility of fulfilling the rigorous requirements of the client while engaging in a spirited and robust dialogue with the site.

The work explores the contrapuntal aspect of human nature through the creation of space which is both sheltering and expansive, communal and intimate, permanent and ephemeral. Each project celebrates the unique aspect of program, client and site to arrive at design solutions which are original and distinctive. We adhere to the principal ethos of modernism, to strip away the extraneous and be somewhat reductive. This approach leads to a poetics of space, characterized by the sculptural interplay of light, material and form.

The work of Horst Architects, Inc. has been published in World Architecture, Ville Giardini, Vogue, Luxe and Interiors. Recent projects have been featured in the Art and Architecture Home Tour, cosponsored by the Orange County Museum of Art and the American Institute of Architects.


Architecture Degree (B.S. Architecture)
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona 1981
Member of City of Laguna Beach Design Review Board
1996-2000 (Chairman 1999-2000)
Licensed Architect in the State of California since 1990
Member of the American Institute of Architects since 1998
Founded Horst Architects in Laguna Beach, California 1989