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 and Fumiko Docker

Kyle Brunel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C is the founding 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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Fumiko Docker, AIA, LEEP AP BD+C, WELL AP joined Pencil Box Architects in January of 2020 as a partner and principal architect. A San Francisco Bay Area native, Fumiko brings 15 years of experience to Pencil Box with a wide variety of project types. With a background in healthcare architecture, she strives to design with health and wellbeing in mind. She strongly believes that the growing body of evidence demonstrating the positive impact of sustainable design on health is a key design driver, but not the only reason to optimize green decision making on projects. Fumiko considers the ultimate goal of the built environment is to increase our connection with the natural world, and support the health of all of Earth's living things.

She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from UC San Diego. She completed the UCSD Education Abroad Program at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in addition to spending some time teaching in Japan. Fumiko lives in the Mission District in San Francisco, where she loves to spend quality hours exploring, in addition to the regional, state, and national parks on our doorstep in California.

All photos provided by Brian Ashby briansperspective.com