Founder & Principal Architect
Steve Puglisi is a gifted designer and spokesman with an accomplished career. Since moving to San Luis Obispo in 1973 he has designed numerous buildings that define the aesthetics of the Central Coast. Some of his earliest commercial projects include Marshall’s Jewelers, Café Roma, Rose's Landing, The Valentina, Villa Toscana, The Anderson Inn, and the Morgan Stanley Building. He has also designed numerous custom homes including The Clifford Chapman Estate, Villa Rosa in San Luis Obispo, Pacific Palisades in Shell Beach, and private residences in Pismo Heights. The New Times referred to Steve as “...more than just an architect. He’s one of SLO County’s best and most prolific designers, and his many buildings are familiar to everyone in SLO County.”
Mr. Puglisi’s true strength lies in his breadth of knowledge and experience in navigating his design commissions through some of the most challenging political arenas in the state. As a gifted spokesman he has earned the respect and confidence of jurisdictions throughout the county, specifically the coastal zone. He is trusted and acknowledged as a fair and tireless champion for his clients and firm.
As the principal of Steven Puglisi Architects, Steve has built a trusted team from the robust professional workforce in the area. Together they have the horsepower and teamwork that make all projects, large or small, within their capacity while still retaining an intimate "hands-on" relationship with his clients and his design work.
With over 40 years of experience, Jeff Bague has a deep understanding and broad perspective of the architecture industry. When working with Jeff, it’s clear he is truly passionate about his craft, gaining just as much pleasure from the detail around a fireplace as the design of a large hotel.
Jeff came into the industry in the days of hand drafting and hand-rendered illustrations. However, he was lucky enough to be on the forefront of the shift toward computer implementation. He believes environment and technology are both important aspects of the practice of architecture and is always striving to incorporate the latest methods of construction into design.
Over the years he has worked on a range of projects from fine custom homes, production track housing, commercial, retail, restaurants, hotels, churches, institutional buildings, and the occasional chicken coop (a personal hobby!). He has an unending desire to create beauty and emotion with his designs, and to deliver a final product that brings the client’s vision to life.
Jeff is actively involved in the local community serving as a board member for the Arts Council, chair of the Public Arts Committee, and providing occasional critiques and panel discussions for the Architecture department at Cal Poly SLO.
Michael joined the firm in 2014 with an extensive background designing buildings from the Cayman Islands to Taiwan. Michael’s passion for architecture is exhibited by his commitment to his education in the field. He possesses a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati DAAP program, a graduate of the architectural abroad program through Ohio State University in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, and a Master of Science in Architecture from California Polytechnic State University. He continues to study and learn today as he is actively pursuing his architectural license.
Michael’s approach to design is rooted in art, with a deep understanding of the science of architecture. His hobbies include painting and building furniture which combine artistic talent and craftsmanship for a unique end result. Michael applies these skills to his architectural work: all of his schematic approvals are hand drawn - a rare attribute in today’s world of computer-based drawing.
Michael creates a welcoming, comfortable environment for our clients from the moment they walk through the door. His gift for creating lasting relationships plays a large part in his ability to swifty guide projects through to completion, with a keen eye for quality and detail in the end result.
Kathy is the heart of our firm. Having partnered in life and work with Steven Puglisi since the early 70s her voice of wisdom has played a role in many of our operational decisions. Whether it’s recruiting, managing the books, performing Human Resource duties, or just bringing in some home-cooked treats - Kathy keeps the team paid, fed, and happy! She also brings her incredible eye for design and style to the table, performing color selections for our projects. Kathy thrives off the energy and spirit of the team and believes that coming to work is always fun!