Bamboo Architecture

Bamboo Master Studios has designed and built bamboo structures around the world for more than three decades.

We have worked in collaboration with companies including IBUKU in Bali, Bamboo Living in Hawaii, and Arquitectura Mixta in Latin America, creating everything from small pre-fabricated, shippable houses to the largest bamboo structures on earth.

Our goal is to push the boundaries of what is possible with bamboo.

SHINE | Detail by Bamboo Master Studios

Design Process

Project Assessment

In the initial phase of planning, we need as much information as possible to understand your goals. Is your project commercial, residential, industrial, spiritual or other? We will consider the location, size, budget and other parameters of the project to determine what is possible.

Initial Concepts

We will explore solutions and styles to begin the creative process. We will also take into consideration site analysis, soil tests, seasonal wind, sun paths, sounds and views to determine the best concepts and master plan for the project.

Schematic Design

In this phase, we will further refine the spaces as we sketch up engineering drawings of the floor plans, elevations, and site plan.  Site logistics will be considered in this phase.

Construction Drawing 

Architectural drawings will provide the clearest outlines of the technical details of the construction, the costs, and logistics. We will produce drawings and detailed sketches for quotation and contracting purposes.

Engineering & Permitting 

In accordance with local permitting requirements, we can run engineering tests to prove a structure’s safety, including resistance to seismic, and environmental forces.

Bidding & Contracting 

Our engineering drawings, combined with the bill of materials, form the specifications required for the bidding process. This information is used to select a vendor for subcontracting a project, or for purchasing products and services that are required.

Construction Administration

We offer oversight and execution of a construction contract during the material procurement, preconstruction and construction phases of a project. We also provide training for the bamboo craftspeople that will build your project and consultation for overcoming construction challenges.

Bamboo Master Studios also use VR design tools to simulate and feel the space and detail construction.

Why Bamboo?


Bamboo’s tensile strength is greater than that of steel. The structure of bamboo allows it to absorb vibrations better than almost every man-made material. Its progressive failure mode means greater safety compared to metals that fatigue, bend and stay bent, or carbon fiber which fails suddenly.


Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, replenishing itself annually with new shoots. One plant can live over a hundred years and provides more usable mature poles every year. This makes bamboo more sustainable than wood as a building material, simply because it grows back so quickly.


Bamboo is an incredibly versatile building material, as it can be bent and shaped into almost anything imaginable, while still maintaining its natural form. This aspect of bamboo inspires our process in an important way, allowing us creative freedom that is not possible with other building materials.

SHINE | Bamboo Master Studios & Mark Alan Diaz

James was a delight to work with. From our first call, he asked the right questions to really understand my hopes and dreams, and within hours he had sent me 3D concepts and renderings that started to bring these dreams into reality.  Our design process was iterative, responsive, and organic, and within 5 months of our first call, we had completed building the first phase of an incredible bamboo wonderland.  The results were nothing short of spectacular, and the process was surprisingly easeful and fun. I would highly recommend working with James.
Shelby Clark

Founder, Turo, Queer Wellness Collective, Jungle Gayborhood

Bamboo Master Studios collaboration with IBUKU

Let's build something together