About Us

BBP Architecture is an award winning design firm located in Santa Barbara, California.  BBP has an established reputation and proven ability to undertake complex, historically sensitive projects and successfully navigate the various Santa Barbara discretionary review boards.  All of our solutions address the issues of site, surroundings and community, but more importantly reflect the program and personality of our clients.  As part of our integrated process, we incorporate sustainability, green building techniques and energy conservation into our projects.

Well positioned in the design and historic communities, the firm is structured to lead sophisticated and specialized design solutions in collaboration with larger project teams.

Our practice is distinguished by a personal approach coupled with professionalism and a commitment to timeless aesthetics, which allows us to respond to each client with a unique, signature architectural solution.  BBP Architecture has been honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects, California Preservation Foundation, Pearl Chase Society and Santa Barbara Beautiful.



Tracy A. Burnell is the founding partner of BBP Architecture, a Planning and Architecture firm offering a full range of services from conceptual planning through design and construction administration.

During his 27 year career, Mr. Burnell has had experience with custom residential and commercial projects in locations ranging across the United States.  Mr. Burnell's strength is in the custom residential area, and he has placed his emphasis on Santa Barbara's complex entitlement process, as well as the technical and construction administration aspects of the business.  He has been licensed as an architect in California since 1987, has been a member of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and has served as a judge for the Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards.

Mr. Burnell received a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1980.


As an architect, Scott Branch’s philosophy is simple: “The most important part of a project is the client. Projects come and go, but a relationship is forever.”  Mr. Branch has been passionate about the architectural process which for him began in 1987. Since then he’s successfully navigated through all phases of architecture from design to construction administration in both residential and commercial projects.

In 1996 he received a Golden Nugget Merit Award from the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference for the design of a custom home in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mr. Branch also employs the use of technology and utilizes the computer not only as a means to communicate ideas to clients but to effectively coordinate the construction process from conception to completion.

His partnership with Tracy Burnell in 2006 was the culmination of more than 15 years of professional association.

He has been a member of the American Institute of Architects, and locally sits on the Design Review Board for the City of Goleta, California.