Beth Nelson is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional with 19+ years of experience in a wide array of project types. She lives in Alameda and works throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a particular interest in projects that give back to the community.

Beth is licensed in both California and New Jersey. She has a M.Arch. from Princeton University and a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.



Beth's also a knitter.  It's a bit nerdy, for sure, but there are surprising parallels between architecture and knitting.

They're both based on centuries-old traditions and techniques. There are countless variations on the materials used, design styles, and project types. And, with the right skills, persistence, a little ingenuity, and a knack for adapting the occasional dropped stitch into a design opportunity, you can transform organized chaos into something beautiful.

Extra bonus points if you can work with others and draw on their expertise to create something above and beyond the typical experience.


Beth also enjoys making connections between things:

  • Pairing clients with designers and resources

  • Working side-by-side with her talented peers

  • Connecting the dots on a map of her next cross-country trip

  • Linking jigsaw puzzle pieces together

  • Matching rescue animals with their fur-ever homes

  • Building stronger ties with her family, friends, and community

Beth's collaborative design approach draws on the same principles: individual skill, collective knowledge, persistence, adaptability, and fun!


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October 2017–Present: Senior Project Manager, Ratcliff Architects, Emeryville, CA
2015–2017:  Consulting Architect/Project Manager, Ignition Architecture, San Francisco & Alameda, CA
2015:  Project Manager, Noll & Tam Architects, Berkeley, CA
2014–2017:  Freelance Architect, San Francisco Bay Area, CA
2008–2014:  Senior Project Manager, Desmone Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
2004–2008:  Associate Architect, Astorino, Pittsburgh, PA
2003–2004:  Architectural Intern, Astorino, Pittsburgh, PA
1999–2003:  Architectural Intern, Hillier, Princeton, NJ
1997 & 1998:  Summer Intern, Jonathon A. Booth, Far Hills, NJ
1996: Summer Intern, The Brady Studio, Bernardsville, NJ
1995: Summer Intern, Tylman R. Moon, Architect, Flemington, NJ



2016–Present:  Licensed Architect in California
2016–Present:  SPUR Member
2013–Present:  Social Economic & Environmental Design (SEED) Accredited Professional
2004–Present:  AIA Member
2003–Present:  NCARB Certified Professional
2002–Present:  LEED Accredited Professional BD+C



2001:  Master of Architecture, Princeton University
1998:  Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia


VOLUNTEERING & other activities

2019–present: Pro Bono Work / Permit Set for Adoption Center, Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda, CA
2019–present: Equity Diversity & Inclusion Group Co-Founder & Member, Ratcliff Architects, Emeryville, CA
October 2017:  Leap Sandcastle Classic Team Member, Ratcliff Architects, Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA
2016–2018: Dog Walker & Silent Auction Committee Member, Friends of Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda, CA
2012–2014: Mentor, Architectural Experience Program [formerly the Intern Development Program (IDP)]
2013–2014:  Networking & Mentoring Committee, AIA Women in Design, Pittsburgh, PA
2013:  Participant in the “Knit the Bridge” Public Arts Project, Fiberarts Guild, Andy Warhol Bridge, Pittsburgh, PA
2012 & 2014:  CANstruction Volunteer, Desmone Architects, Pittsburgh, PA
2012:  Fundraiser & Member of “Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest”, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, PA
2011–2014:  Design Consult Volunteer, Community Design Center of Pittsburgh, PA
2011-2014:  Board Member & Webmaster, Edgewood Foundation, Edgewood, PA
2011–2012:  Guest Critic, LaRoche College, Interior Design Department, Pittsburgh, PA
2004–2014:  Participant, AIA Pittsburgh Young Architects Forum, Pittsburgh, PA
2003:  CANstruction Volunteer, Hillier, Princeton, NJ



2016: Pittsburgh Magazine's Ultimate House, 2500 Smallman Condominiums
2014: Certificate of Merit, AIA Pittsburgh, Interior Architecture, Andy Warhol Museum
2012: People's Choice Award, AIA Pittsburgh, Savoy Restaurant
2012: Honoree, Pittsburgh's 50 Finest, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation



May 2018: Panelist, AIASF Equity by Design (EQxD) Workshop: "The Power of Our Stories"
Jan 2014: "The New Warhol Store - Time Lapse." The Warhol: Blog
Oct 2013: "Warhol Museum redesign takes its cues from the artist's Factory space." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, MaryLynne Pitz