Photo: Jim Alinder/Sea Ranch. Left to right: Richard Whitaker, Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, and William Turnbull. Bill collaborated with Charles Moore and Donlyn Lyndon throughout his life, but started his own firm, William Turnbull Associates, in 1970.
We are excited to announce that Houseplans.com has acquired the rights to sell copies of historically important plans by William Turnbull (1935-1997), who was one of California's most significant architects. These evocative designs for small houses at The Sea Ranch, an ecologically sensitive vacation community on the northern coast of California, are part of our new American Classics Collection. Bill Turnbull first received international attention in the mid-1960s as a principal of Moore Lyndon Turnbull Whitaker (MLTW), designers of the celebrated Condominium 1 and Athletic Club 1 at The Sea Ranch. He collaborated with architects Charles Moore and Donlyn Lyndon throughout his life, but started his own firm, William Turnbull Associates, in 1970. Though Bill designed large scale projects like the Mountain View, California Civic Center, and Napa Valley's Cakebread Winery, he especially relished house design as a way to explore three dimensional space and architectural relationships to the landscape. A percentage of the price of each plan supports the Environmental Design Archives at U. C. Berkeley, which preserves the drawings and papers of significant California architects and landscape architects. Bill's vibrant successor firm is Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects: www.tgharchitects.com.