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Projects by Michael G. Imber Architects

Projects by Michael G. Imber Architects

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    Michael G. Imber

    concept study for ranch on the Sabinal River in Texas

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    Michael G. Imber

    Watercolor rendering for compound in Alys Beach, Fla

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    Hester + Hardaway

    Rancho Dos Vidas, Frio County, Texas – patio de campo at dusk.

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    Jack Thompson

    Rancho Dos Vidas, Frio County, Texas – kitchen featuring colorful handmade Mexican tiles and a timber ceiling.

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    Paul Bardagjy

    Butcher Ranch, Gonzales County, Texas – screened sleeping porch and windmill

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    Paul Bardagjy

    Butcher Ranch, Gonzales County, Texas – kitchen opening into dining/living spaces

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    Paul Bardagjy

    Dos Suenos, San Antonio, Texas – vaulted hall connecting triple entry doors to living room

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    Al Rendon

    Dos Suenos, San Antonio, Texas – the fountain adds sound and coolness to the enclosed arrival garden

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    Paul Bardagjy

    Jennett Country House, Wimberley, Texas – porches along the back of the house overlook a rocky creek and forests beyond

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    Paul Bardagjy

    Jennett Country House, Wimberley, Texas – accordion doors connect those porches to the living and dining rooms for indoor-outdoor living

Michael G., Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses offers readers highlights from the architect’s award-winning residential designs. The book also digs into Imber’s process of creating these classical buildings. He begins every custom house commission with a watercolor study of the landscape where the building will sit. He uses the paintings to explore the colors, light, and textures of the site. These romantic watercolors are featured in the first section of the book and also scattered throughout the pages in conjunction with corresponding projects. 

Imber introduces the beautifully illustrated volume with an essay on his personal philosophy, which informs the firm’s approach. He talks about rambling road trips with his family that traversed the most remote corners of his native Texas. The arid countryside and hardened residents inspired Imber’s devotion to nostalgic forms and rough, local materials. “It was this rugged landscape that forged a rich character in the people and helped shape their buildings and communities,” he writes. 

Once process and inspiration are revealed, the rest of the book is devoted to individual projects. Organized, as the title indicates, into sections by building type—ranches, villas, and houses—each project covers 10 to 15 pages of storylike descriptions interspersed with lush photographs, floor plans, and hand-painted or drawn renderings. Imber’s firm also does interior and landscape designs for most of the projects, so images include a variety of gardens, outdoor living spaces, and cozy interior settings. 

Michael G., Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses was published by Rizzoli New York in March. The publisher’s listing price is $60.