Office of the County Architect

The County Architect has been providing Santa Barbara County departments with architectural services since 1872. Our vision is to provide sound County facility planning and design in a sustainable fashion.

Facility Strategy: How, when and where to construct new facilities...this task is a key component to successful facility planning. Included in this effort are long-term facility planning, financial strategies and timing issues.

Architectural Design: Whether designed by the County Architect or by consulting architects; the County Architect reviews all designs to ensure consistency with County policies, master plans and sustainable goals.

Historic Preservation: Of the more than 500 individual buildings, some of are historically significant. The Santa Barbara Courthouse ( is a City/State/National Historic Landmark. Preserving our heritage is important to us; we are just passing through and must be careful to preserve our history for future generations to enjoy.

Drawings Archives: The County Architect maintains a drawings collection of approximately 3,000 individual architectural or engineering drawings. In addition, there are several hundred books, project specifications, photographs and artifacts. We are currently cataloging and organizing them in an archive, and soon you will be able to search an online index of materials for research and educational purposes.

County Space Utilization Report

Contact Info:

Robert Ooley, FAIA
County Architect
Phone: (805) 568-3085
Contact via email

Office of the County Architect
1105 Santa Barbara St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101-6065