It was California's rich architectural legacy that was behind the launch of suprstructur, a design-minded real estate firm that also has an editorial component
SUPRSTRUCTUR is a new concept in what a real estate agency can be.
Throughout California, suprstructur connects creative people with both available and simply intriguing design-led properties through a uniquely immersive, editorial publication. Our approach to the presentation of property is informed by an architecturally authoritative point of view and works to maximize the value of every house we represent.
We focus solely on architecture and design with integrity. Importantly, we only curate work that we believe in and provide a considered, tasteful offering of the most intriguing and noteworthy properties on the market regardless of price point.
Our company is founded on the belief that architecture and design have the power to improve and enrich human life.
Carlota Rebelo in the Monocle radio interview on 3.12.19
Jack Byron — Managing Director & Broker
Jack is suprstructur's founder and is a broker in California Colorado and New York. His eye for design and love of architecture were cemented early on by working for architects and designers such as Sir Norman Foster, Philippe Starck and Dame Zaha Hadid. After working for acclaimed British design practice SPINK, Jack founded California English in 2011, a real estate development company in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is also architecture advisor and broker for property technology start up Fabric.
Educated at University College London, Jack holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Master’s in Urban Planning and Architectural History.
Nate Cole — Managing Partner
Nate manages suprstructur's Los Angeles office. Nate came to California by way of Madison, Wisconsin and has nearly 20 years of experience working with architecturally significant real estate. He specializes in the representation of buyers and sellers of unique and historic homes.
Nate is dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of great architecture and design. A former professional snowboarder, Nate currently lives in one of the first homes that Edward Killingsworth built, a simple 1953 post and beam modernist home.
Charlie Barraclough — Marketing Director
Charlie brings a passion for art and design, as well as over 20 years’ experience in the world of advertising and digital media, to her role as Marketing Director at suprstructur. She has previously developed successful campaigns for Virgin, BMW, MINI, Google, Hulu, Workday, and Procter & Gamble amongst others.
Charlie has significant experience with tech start-ups having worked with Prezi, Globality, Physera and, more recently, Omada Health. Doing the important work of creating differentiated brand positioning and masterminding integrated marketing campaigns.
Lilian Pfaff — Partner
As well as being a real estate agent, Lilian is an academic and writer: she teaches architectural history at Otis College, at Cal Poly Pomona and she is also a board member of the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design.
Since moving to Califorina in 2007, Lilian has focused on California Modernism, working on exhibitions and writing several books on the subject, the most recent of which being the only monograph of J.R. Davidson’s work with Birkhauser. Educated in Germany at Hamburg and in Switzerland at Zurich, Lilian holds an M.A. in art history, a Master’s in architectural theory and a Ph.D. in architectural history.
Hyperkit is a London-based graphic design studio founded in 2001 by Kate Sclater and Tim Balaam. Authenticity of the idea, matched with a strong design sensibility, is at the heart of our approach. Working collaboratively with our clients, we aim to create visual stories which articulate their ideas and aspirations, helping them to become a genuine part of everyday life. Our work has been described as being visually tactile through its subtle combination of graphic image, process, materials and functionality.
Leon Chew is a London-based artist. His practice spans photography, film and installation. His work often employs multi-layering of colour and texture to create complex photographic environments, inviting the viewer to read both the surface and three dimensional space of the work. Alongside his artistic practice Leon produces photographic work for editorial and commercial clients. He is a longstanding contributor to Wallpaper* magazine and has recently shown an augmented reality project entitled 'Your Upholstered Apocalypse' at London's Victoria & Albert Museum.
British photographer Richard Powers specialises in interiors, architecture and the built environment. Working Worldwide, he has been based on the French Riviera for several years. Early in his career Powers focused on the natural environment, developing his camera skills extensively throughout Australasia, Europe and the Americas. In London his eye turned to the design world within which he established himself with commissions from design agencies and magazines such as Elle Decoration. Today his editorial client list includes US and European editions of Architectural Digest, Elle Decor and Vogue. He also works directly with architects, interior designers and publishers. With over 20 years' experience, Powers brings equal amounts of enthusiasm, attention-to-detail and zen calm to his work.
The purpose of architecture is to improve human life. Create timeless, free, joyous spaces for all activities in life. The infinite variety of these spaces can be as varied as life itself and they must be as sensible as nature in deriving from a main idea and flowering into a beautiful entity. The overriding essence is found in the intangibles, life–heart–soul–spirit–freedom–enduring within the structure.