Ranch Architecture: Michael G. Imber

“The ranch is the physical connection between a family and their country; whether it’s the Texan escaping to his South Texas Ranch or the New Yorker connecting to the heritage of the American West – it’s the knowing of a place that tells us who we are.” –Michael G. Imber

Recently released is architect Michael G. Imber’s book, Michael G. Imber:  Ranches, Villa’s and Houses by Elizabeth Meredith Dowling.  While Michael’s homeland and most of his creations are in Texas, anyone with an appreciation and love for architecture that blends, efficiently utilizes, compliments, enriches and works with the land and its heart will appreciate his work.


The description on his website states:  “The first monograph of the stunning residences designed by a contemporary master of traditional architecture. A must-have for lovers of traditional or southwestern-inspired residential design, Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses reveals the beauty of building from the rich architectural traditions of the desert southwest and Mexico. A master of traditional forms derived from these regions, particularly of his native Texas, Michael G. Imber begins each of his designs by considering the land through watercolors and then develops his ideas in relation to climate and local historical references. The result is an array of ranches and houses that evokes the rural building traditions of the west, that is unafraid of the delights of classical ornamentation, and that is nonetheless wholly modern in its execution. Here, in the first monograph devoted to the architect’s work, is a collection of masterful residential projects ranging in scale from bungalows to sprawling ranches, all presented in large-format photographs and accompanied by Imber’s extraordinary watercolor studies.”

In 2013, Michael G. Imber’s firm was awarded two John Staub awards for Residential Architecture.