After graduating Santa Monica High and before applying to Architecture School, Barry worked for Architecture and General Contracting firms first, to obtain ‘real life/pragmatic’ experience in the field.

This proved to be advantageous and, after sitting for the Entrance Exam, Barry was accepted to the #2 School Of Architecture in the U.S., Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Here he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture, as well as minoring in Construction Engineering; having his son; and constructing apartments during the summers.

Back to Los Angeles for more professional experience, cultivation of design and construction resources, obtaining State Board licensing and out-of-state projects as well.

Adjunct to his work, Barry created a Mentor program for high school students burgeoning to become Architects; is active in many different Trade Organizations; participates with Habitat For Humanity projects; won Los Angeles Mayor sponsored competition for design/construction/landscape Project; designed and built a new ground up home for he and his wife in Pacific Palisades and is a contributing writer to various publications (insight to our residential home building expertise can be viewed in ‘Barry’s Blog‘).

Barry Shaw & Associates then evolved as the First Los Angeles firm to pioneer what is commonly known today as Design-Build. Homeowner’s now have the ability with BSA, to actually relax and have fun with the process, knowing that we will accept full responsibility for delivering the Project on-time, on budget and with quality!

Whether it is a Luxury Home or Light Commercial project, in Denver, Los Angeles or your choice city, we will meet or exceed your design and construction expectations. As written by client Jim B.: “Our appreciation of your talent is validated often by folks passing on foot and by car, stopping to admire both your architectural and landscaping prowess… And quality craftsmanship is abundant here, evidenced by everything from foundation and framing to fit and finish”.

Also included in our service, is a personalized ‘partnership of trust’. As Client Joyce A. wrote after the construction Project was completed: “You were always there watching over my interest as well as being very conscientious and caring, as were all who worked for you on the job”.

General Contractor

Barry R. Shaw is a practicing licensed general contractor for (25) years as well as being a Palisades resident. His experience with multiple building types now provides his clients with specialty construction techniques for interior, remodel, first floor additions, second story additions, and new ground-up residential projects.

Throughout his entire career, Barry Shaw has maintained an impeccable State Board record, along with an A+ surety rating. We believe that a keystone to this successful record is the 24/7 availability to our Clients, thus ensuring a clear and timely decision making process. As stated by Dave L. Esq. “I particularly wanted to thank you for your amazing degree of responsiveness throughout the whole process”.

The unique Design-Build system created by Barry Shaw & Associates is certain to provide the homeowner with predetermined accountability. As Client Paul M. wrote, “We were absolutely pleased with his timeliness, work performance and most of all the quality of his work”.

Mr. Shaw is on the job coordinating his team of experts, almost on a daily basis. His selected team of local and extremely seasoned professionals, include second and third generation talent. “Barry proved to be very reliable. He has a fine crew of workman, all of whom do excellent work. They were very considerate and on time,” writes Peggy D.

Each set of plans and specifications is scrutinized by Mr. Shaw, well before submittal to the building department, ensuring the optimization of a cost effective, timely and quality project, as your local general contractor.


More About Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw

Barry Shaw, AIA, GC, BSA President

When he’s out of the office, Barry Shaw is:

Married with one spectacular son; Orbis International Children’s Charity Supporter; Habitat For Humanity Participator; Community Mentor/Intern Provider; International Travel Explorations; Poetry Writer/Winner; Landscape Designer; Varied Artistry/Photography Interests; Sports Car Driving Enthusiast; Captain and Most Valuable Player of Water Polo Team; Black Belt Martial Arts; Continuing quest for spiritual enlightenment and philosophical reading; love for dogs.

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Member of American Institute of Architects, AIA
CA Architect Lic. No. C22165
CO Architect Lic. No. ARC 00403520
HI Architect Lic. No. AR11535
ID Architect Lic. No. AR984674
TX Architect Lic. No. 23590

CA General Contractor Lic. No. B442403
CO General Contractor Lic. No. OL-70982
HI General Contractor Lic. No. BC26058
ID General Contractor Lic. No. RCT4418
TX General Contractor/RRP Lic. No. R-I-18942-10-01387