Henry L. Riggs, AIA

Henry L. Riggs, AIA



About the Architect

Mr Riggs’ background includes positions as lead architect for corporate high rise, medical office, corporate and spec office, and multi-family housing projects for prominent national architecture firms; town planning designer; city planning commissioner; university staff architect; and Habitat for Humanity board member, among others.

The Riggs firm opened in  Menlo Park, CA in 2002 building on two decades of associations with notable firms on both coasts. With an emphasis in sustainable residential and village commercial, local design projects have ranged from creative, low cost remodels and additions to from-the-ground-up new construction, as well as managing select institutional development projects.

Riggs has fostered a range of projects throughout Bay Area towns including Berkeley, Belvedere, Hillsboro, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Mateo, San Jose and others. Meanwhile, Riggs has served on the Menlo Park Planning Commission since 2004 and also serves on the City’s El Camino and Downtown Visioning Committee. In addition, he is the author of the residential zoning overlay for Lorelei Manor in Menlo Park

Over the course of his career, Riggs - a licensed architect in California and New York -has teamed with a variety of owners, contractors, engineers, architects and crafts-people. Almost 30 years of professional experience includes being lead west coast architect in a national design build firm, working in the New York City office of esteemed architect Philip Johnson and collaborating with several top-tier Los Angeles and San Francisco-based firms.

Riggs secured his undergraduate degree in Fine Arts and then moved on to a double major in Industrial Design and Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He has held LEED accreditation since 2003.

In addition to his architectural commitments, Riggs has been an active community volunteer serving with Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly, with Bay Area Disabled Sailors and as a board member and vice president of Habitat for Humanity San Francisco.

Contact Info
Phone: 650.327.6198


Member A.I.A.
LEED accredited
California licensed since 1984

I just met Jackie this afternoon and was able to see the interior of the home you designed for her. To me, it is the most striking house in the neighborhood, even better than what I see in many "shelter" magazines. The materials, the details, the skylights, the shape and finish of the fireplace - all are fabulous. The house is fun yet dignified, has a unique character, and fits in well with the lot, the street, and the neighborhood.

-K. Valiasek

Henry, thank you for persuading me to make this ceiling in the store -- it is so beautiful!

-Y. Raza

Building or remodeling in the Bay Area presents unique challenges and opportunities. A successful project requires a sensitivity to clients needs as well as the talent and vision to create something exceptional. That vision is dependent on an architect who understands the nuances of our many neighborhoods and towns - and can create that vision amid the variety of zoning laws, planning regulations and changing building codes. That's Henry Riggs.

-J. McHenry