About DYAR Architecture

DYAR Architecture is a full-service architecture practice based in Carmel, California. We see our work as the committed search for the maximum, inherent potential of each project. By focusing on the client, the site and the budget, we deliver design solutions that exceed expectations. These solutions are rooted in the spirit of place and strive to create environments that inspire people and improve the way they live. We see the constraints and challenges of each situation, whether site-related, programmatic, or financial, as opportunities for design innovation and creative results.

The practice embraces a humane, sustainable modernism that exudes openness, simplicity, beauty of the detail and establishes strong connections with the natural environment. History is integrated appropriately to add richer meaning and character to our work.

We pursue a collaborative, creative approach with our clients by encouraging open communication throughout the different phases of the project. Working with multidisciplinary teams of talented consultants, builders, and craftspeople, we cultivate an atmosphere that allows for rigorous and passionate investigation in pursuit of the highest standards of design and project management. This results in added value to our clients and excellence in the final built work.


With over 20 years of practice in Monterey County and the Bay Area, we bring a wealth of experience successfully navigating through the sea of state and local governmental agencies and complex regulations. With this knowledge base, we offer services in site selection, project feasibility studies, and land-use planning in addition to our work in residential and commercial architecture, interiors and historic preservation.

Erik Dyar, principal

Erik Dyar grew up in the Pacific Northwest and received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon with significant studies in the United Kingdom and Mexico. He is a registered architect in the State of California. During his career, he has continued his study and love of architecture traveling throughout North and Central America, Europe, North Africa, and Asia. This world perspective informs and inspires his work.

Upon graduation, Erik was invited by his mentor, acclaimed architect John Thodos, FAIA, to join his practice in Carmel, California. Erik spent the next 17 years working with John as his primary associate on a wide array of projects, ranging from many award-winning custom residences, residential renovations, and hotels to retail stores, offices, mixed-use, residential/commercial projects, and historic preservation.

In 2006, Erik established DYAR Architecture and has since pursued projects throughout the West Coast, focusing in the Monterey County area. With John Thodos’ untimely death in 2009, Erik aspires to continue John’s legacy of exceptional modernism on the Central Coast — his life and work will always be an inspiration and motivating force.

During his many years in Carmel, Erik has developed a distinct understanding and appreciation of this special place; an understanding that allows him to create new architecture uniquely appropriate to the area and has led to his advocacy for historic preservation. He has served on and chaired the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s Historic Resources Board since 2005.

Outside of Architecture, Erik’s avocation is music. He is an accomplished amateur, classical pianist and enjoys performing solo recitals and chamber music. Moreover, he is an avid enthusiast of the local music scene and has also served on the Carmel Music Society board for several years helping bring the world’s greatest classical artists to Carmel-by-the-Sea.