Amy Eliot

Amy Eliot

Design Principal

A design leader in the Bay Area for over 25 years, Amy is a cross-platform professional, with a passion for civic engagement and community building. Amy believes that design and design thinking can be primary advocacy tools in the service of social justice, environmental sustainability, and strategic development. She has worked extensively with institutional, public sector, commercial, cultural arts facilities, corporate interiors, multifamily residential, and non-profit clients.  Amy is particularly adept at facilitating complex projects involving multiple stakeholder agendas, challenging budgets, community outreach, diverse funding mechanisms, and multiple entitlement needs – to successful outcomes. She has provided leadership to a number of diverse academic and public works projects ranging from park amenities and utility infrastructure at Mission Bay to the Master Plan for the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley.  Amy holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College.

As a Design Principal at Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture, Amy thrives on the challenges the practice brings and the opportunity to bring creativity to everything she does, whether it’s oriented toward marketing, project planning, or strategic thinking to develop consensus in diverse groups of people. Drawn to clients willing to take risks, Amy enjoys complex projects that involve thinking outside the box and that enable all project stakeholders to question assumptions and develop unique solutions that exceed expectations .

“Practicing architecture is both everything I thought it might be and an infinite amount more, but the humanistic aspects that drew me to the profession have held true and if anything, have grown more significant, despite and perhaps because of how the world has evolved since then”.

Away from work, Amy teaches design and practice at the California College of the Arts where she is an Adjunct Professor and serves on the board of Directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  Amy’s favorite outing is to take her miniature dachshund, Milo, to the beach at Crissy Field or in Marin and let him go nuts barking and chasing other dogs, particularly larger ones. She always meets interesting people while there, and it helps balance the intensity of her professional life.

Master of Architecture
Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Arts in Art History
Smith College (junior year at Dartmouth College)

Registered Architect, California

USGBC LEED Accredited Professional, BD+C

Member, American Institute of Architects San Francisco Chapter

Committee Member, AIACA Awards Committee

Member, SFMOMA

Member, SPUR

Board Member, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), San Francisco

Former Chair, Monterey Design Conference

Former Board member and Board Chair, Creativity Explored, San Francisco

Former Board member and Chair of Buildings and Grounds Committee, Marin Country Day School