The office of Jeffrey A. Brambila, Architects and Planners was started in 1983 with the goal to work with existing structures rather than tear them down, throw them away and endeavor to replace them with something new. This was a “green” concept long before green became popular. The greenest activities involve recycling and re-using existing resources, no matter how many energy efficient measures are incorporated into the project. For this reason, the primary activities of this office have been adaptive re-use and historic preservation. The latter has been pursued with particular zeal, as Jeff Brambila has served two terms as president of Missouri Preservation, has been a councilor to the Board of Directors of the Landmarks Association of St. Louis for over twenty years and has taught classes in historic preservation and sustainability at Washington University since 2010.
A deep appreciation for historic architecture is reflected in the firm’s design work, including its custom residential remodeling and additions. Traditional design and detailing that compliments the various styles of the buildings that are being enhanced is a hallmark of this office.
Along with preservation, this office has included housing for special-needs clients in its practice since its inception. This includes housing for persons with mental and physical disabilities, as well as the socially and economically disadvantaged. This work demonstrates an understanding that such clients deserve the respect and dignity that others may take for granted.
Tracy Perotti came to this office after earning a Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University and has been a key member of this office for over twelve years. Tracy’s experience with both the state and federal historic tax credit programs in the design and development of projects throughout the urban area has established her as an expert in this area of practice. Her proficiency in all aspects of historic preservation is reflected in her design work and makes her a valuable asset to this office.