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About us

Based in San Francisco, Pencil Box Architects is a full service architecture firm focusing on holistic design which optimizes our clients' ideas and ideals. We provide unique, modern solutions for the workplace and home space that enable individuals to thrive within their built environment. 

About Kyle Brunel 

Kyle Brunel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the principal architect of Pencil Box Architects, Inc. She is currently working with clients ranging from multi-billion dollar biotechnology leaders and universities to disruptive start ups and specialist developers in addition to spending some time in the world of Healthcare for significant providers and educators in the bay area. Her focus on providing value, efficiency and inspiration for her clients keeps her busy and happy. After putting herself through architecture school, she began her west coast career at M+W Zander, then settled down with the SmithGroupJJR San Francisco Laboratory Studio for 9 years and spent another 5 years with DGA prior to starting her own firm. Registered in Massachusetts and California, she provides clients projects that enable vision and performance to thrive within each unique architectural environment. Next to Kyle's desk is an easel. She has been painting for 30 years and finds the medium indispensable for exploring creative potential in architecture.


Kyle holds a BA from Clark University, a MArch from the Boston Architectural College and is a Leadership San Francisco Alumna, as well as a past board member with AIASF and Leap Arts. Kyle lives in the NOPA neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband JJ and 2 children, Cobalt and Cypris.

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Inspiring the Next Generation...

At Pencil Box Architects, we nurture the next generation of aspiring leaders by providing them the opportunity to explore, grow and learn about the business of making buildings and how architects engage with the greater construction industry to provide value and inspiration for the built environment. With a continual eye on the fundamental driver of health, safety and welfare for all building occupants, Pencil Box Architects sees training the next generation as a key piece to sustaining the integrity, creativity and vision of the profession.

Contact us today for a conversation about how we can help you and your team inspire the next generation of creatives!