Interactive Resources, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Sep 7, 2023


Interactive Resources, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary

East Bay Architectural and Engineering Firm at Forefront of Sustainable Design Since 1973

Richmond, CA, September 7, 2023—Interactive Resources, Inc. celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in September of 1973, Interactive Resources is one of the oldest architectural firms in the Bay Area, providing comprehensive architectural services to a wide range of private and public sector clients.

The firm’s portfolio includes federal, state and municipal facilities, energy-efficient public schools, sustainable commercial buildings and cannabis facilities, historic preservation projects, and the revitalization of public spaces. “Interactive Resources” refers to the multiple disciplines that the firm brings together for a holistic approach that considers factors such as energy conservation and renewable energy integration, including solar photovoltaic array design, water conservation, and use of locally sourced materials to create environmentally responsible and resilient spaces.

Interactive Resources opened its first office in Richmond in 1973, just a block north of the firm’s location today. The energy crisis resulting from the Middle East oil embargo was already in full swing, and in its response to widespread concern caused by rapidly rising energy prices and fuel shortages, Interactive Resources quickly gained a reputation for energy-efficient design and alternative energy applications.

“We believe that architecture has the power to shape the way people live, work, and interact with their surroundings. With this as our guiding principle, we have successfully designed and implemented numerous projects that not only minimize environmental impact but also enhance the quality of life for the communities we serve” said Tom Butt, FAIA, founding principal and president. “Sustainable design should be accessible and inclusive, reflecting the voices and aspirations of the people who will inhabit the spaces we create.”

“As we look towards the future, we remain committed to pushing the boundaries of sustainable design and fostering vibrant, resilient communities,” said Andrew Butt, AIA, Managing Principal and Design Director. “Through our expertise and dedication, we continue to make the heart of our practice a positive impact on the built environment to create spaces that inspire, connect, and thrive for generations to come. And we’re incredibly grateful for our clients and colleagues, many of whom we’ve worked with for decades, and have been instrumental in our longevity and continued success.”

Notable milestones and projects are available here.

Photo Caption: Interactive Resources’ principals in the early 1980s, in front of the historic Richmond Plunge Natatorium, one of many historic landmarks that the firm has provided preservation services to over its 50-year history.

Nystrom Elementary School Modernization, Modernizaiton and Historic Renovation, Multipurpose Building, K-12 Schools, Architecture, Structural Engineering, Master Planning, Nystrom United Revitalization Effort (NURVE)

Photo Caption: Interactive Resources was the architect and structural engineer-of-record for the modernization and expansion of Nystrom Elementary School, originally constructed in 1943 by the Kaiser Company for the children of workers in the nearby shipyards. © 2012 Eric Rorer Photography

About Interactive Resources
Founded in Richmond, California in 1973, Interactive Resources, Inc. has been at the forefront of community-based sustainable design for more than 50 years. With a deep commitment to the local environment and the well-being of its residents, the firm has established itself as a trusted partner in creating sustainable and inclusive spaces.

Throughout its history, Interactive Resources has integrated sustainable design principles into the projects it undertakes. Its multidisciplinary team of architects, urban planners, structural engineers, and sustainability experts collaborates closely with clients and community stakeholders to develop innovative solutions that address the unique needs and aspirations of each project.

Please visit for more information.

Andrew Butt, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Interactive Resources
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7520

Christina Zirker, Administrative Coordinator
Interactive Resources
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7501

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