Lester Tobias

Lester Tobias

Malibu, CA, US



Malibu architect Lester Tobias has been designing homes and commercial buildings for more than 30 years.

His projects encompass a wide range of project type, sizes, and styles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of California Los Angeles. His undergraduate studies focused on Resource Conserving Architecture and Architectural History.

Prior to opening Tobias Architecture in 1986, Mr. Tobias worked with many of Southern California’s premier architects, including Frank O. Gehry, Charles Moore, Buzz Yudell, and Barton Phelps.

A longtime resident of Malibu, California, Mr. Tobias currently serves on the city’s Environmental Review Board, Architects and Engineers Committee, and Green Building Committee.

He has built residential homes for such celebrities as  Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Cusack, Donald Sutherland, and Gary Oldman.

However, his work is not limited to residential design. Tobias has worked on small commercial projects throughout Malibu, and he recently completed the Brendan Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and the Mudd Library Renovation for Harvard-Westlake School. His latest commercial venture, the Michael Kohn Gallery, is a highly anticipated addition to the burgeoning gallery district in Hollywood.


Lester's Design Blog on Archinect:

Malibu Architecture + Design : Perspectives on design from a Malibu Architect

A blog on architectural design, and thoughts and ideas on the process of design, from the unique perspective of a Malibu architect, who must deal with severely restrictive zoning codes.

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