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Howard Backen (Howard J. Backen) was born on 8 June, 1936 in Montana, U.S., is an architect. Discover Howard Backen's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 87 years old?

Popular As Howard J. Backen
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Age 87 years old
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Born 8 June 1936
Birthday 8 June
Birthplace Montana, U.S.
Nationality Montana

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Who Is Howard Backen's Wife?

His wife is Lori O’Kane (m. 1992-2015) Ann Ernish (m. 2015)

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Wife Lori O’Kane (m. 1992-2015) Ann Ernish (m. 2015)
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Children Annie Backen, Steve Backen, Eric Backen

Howard Backen Net Worth

His net worth has been growing significantly in 2022-2023. So, how much is Howard Backen worth at the age of 87 years old? Howard Backen’s income source is mostly from being a successful architect. He is from Montana. We have estimated Howard Backen's net worth , money, salary, income, and assets.

Net Worth in 2023 $1 Million - $5 Million
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In 2013, From The Land was published by Rizzoli. The monograph is the first volume showcasing 38 of the firm's projects from the last 22 years.


Shortly after moving to Napa, Backen opened Backen & Gillam Architects with James Gillam in 1996.

Aside from his professional reasons, Backen cited the clear warm weather of Napa juxtaposed against the cold foggy days of San Francisco as a personal reason to move to Napa. He and his former wife, Lori, purchased a five-acre property with an existing house at the bottom of a hill in 1996. They lived there three years before Backen designed a new house at the top of the hill with an expansive view of the Napa Valley, a view the previous owners were not aware of.


He established a friendship with Bill Harlan while at BAR, designing his private residence. In 1994, when Harlan asked Backen to design a winery he was opening up, Backen took the opportunity to move to Napa. Since then, Harlan has met with Backen weekly and have continuously worked closely on projects together.


In 1966, Backen, along with two of his colleagues from the University of Oregon, Robert Arrigoni and Bruce Ross, founded Backen, Arrigoni and Ross, now known as BAR Architects. Their venture proved successful and the firm grew to over 100 employees. During his time there, he played a major role in several distinctive projects in the film industry such as the Sundance Institute, Skywalker Ranch, and the Disney Burbank Sound Studios. Despite these high-profile projects, he says one of his most rewarding projects while at BAR was the Delancey Street Foundation in San Francisco. A foundation that focuses on assisting society's less fortunate to help themselves out of their situation, Delancey Street approached Backen to design a building that would house many of the foundation's residents. The process was unique in that the residents themselves were intimately involved with the building, including the actual construction of the building.


Backen attended the University of Oregon and graduated in 1962 with a B.Arch degree. It was in college where he learned of the design process and how designs should be derived from the environment and not from an arbitrary preconceived style.


Knowing he did not want to practice architecture in rural Oregon, Backen moved to San Francisco, partly attracted by the 1960s culture. He landed a job at the prestigious firm Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons. William Wurster's practicality and attention to detail resounded with Backen and took much of it to heart, instilling much of it into his own design vocabulary. Following his time there, he worked briefly for Warren Callister and Romaldo Giurgola before starting his own practice.


Howard Backen (born June 8, 1936) is an American architect. He co-founded Backen, Arrigoni & Ross, now BAR Architects, following college and later founded Backen & Gillam Architects in Napa, California. At the latter firm, he primarily focuses on residential and winery projects. Eschewing narcissistic styles as fads, Backen opts for architectural design that mesh with the landscape and its occupants. He is credited for being a large influence on the architectural aesthetic of the Napa Valley.