Home is so much more than a house, and its meaning is different for every individual. The concept is an evolving one in all of us; often not fully describable or conscious. It can be driven by our past, and assuredly, is not final.  Through on-going collaboration, Michael J. Harlock A.I.A. successfully shapes the elements of space, detail and material to create environments that guide and nurture clients in their journey home.

We consider our greatest contribution to be the dialogue we have with clients to explore an architecture of meaning, creating homes that become a source of self-knowledge. Winston Churchill said, “We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” Homes develop meaning with time and relationship, but our dwellings can facilitate or frustrate this evolution.

MICHAEL HARLOCK                              


  • University of Michigan - Bachelor of Architecture  (Emphasis on housing and urban design)
  • Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) - Helped conserve inner city Detroit neighborhood.
  • University of California at Berkeley - Masters in Architecture
  • On-going CEU courses, A.I.A. Seminars and Conventions


  • 1998 to present – Principal and Senior Designer – Michael J. Harlock.  A.I.A. New residential and residential renovations centered about Marin County and San Francisco. (See portfolio).
  • SGPA Architects, San Francisco office (Senior Associate) – mixed use retail/office developments such as Safeway anchored centers at upper Market and 16th & Portrero.
  • Whisler Patri Architects, San Francisco - Studio Administrator/Urban Designer – large mixed use projects such as Hills Brothers factory conversion (Embarcadero), mixed use, San Francisco/Nordstrom Center (Market Street), and Xerox corporate center (Sunnyvale). 
  • Robert Eklund A.I.A. – Senior designer and land planner. Housing and office/light industrial projects.
  • Senior Planner – City of Novato, California.   


  • American Institute of Architects
  • Various honors for new home and renovation designs
    2014 Remmie Gold award (Bay Area NARI) for whole house renovation in Mill Valley
  • California Architecture License - C 12696
  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • City of Mill Valley Design Review Committee
  • NARI – National Association of the Remodeling Industry (Board member, Marin Chapter)
  • Twin Cities Lions Club – First Vice President
  • Citizen of the Year - 2011, City of Corte Madera
  • Business Citizen of the Year – 2013, Larkspur/Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce