Karl A. Backus
As the project principal for Apple’s well-known flagship stores, as well as Pixar Animation Studios, Karl Backus has led design for some of the most memorable buildings recently completed by American architects. These landmark buildings have changed the nature of how individuals behave in workplace and retail spaces by utilizing a thoughtfully planned building organization to foster interaction and personal engagement. The buildings also enhance individual experience of their environment through well-designed interiors with an emphasis on light and comfort. Karl’s other buildings—private residences, universities—are imprinted with this same care for the human experience as much as they express a highly refined sense of craft.
Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 1979
American Institute of Architects, AIA California, AIA San Francisco