Brandon Estes Portrait

Brandon began working with the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) in 2016 as an Architectural Associate. In 2020 he joined the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Division of Codes and Standards where he developed regulations for housing, and in 2021 he returned to CBSC with a promotion to Associate Construction Analyst. His role includes regulatory and legislative analysis, administering rulemaking cycles, and managing special projects. Brandon earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree, as well as his Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on regional planning, from the University of Houston in Texas.


While in Texas, Brandon worked as a Planner and Architectural Programmer at an international architecture and engineering firm. Here, he participated in the design and construction oversight of medical and educational campuses, as well as the development of master plans for urban districts in Latin America and the Middle East.


A native Californian, Brandon was born and raised in the north San Francisco bay area. Upon returning to California, he desired an opportunity to work with the Building Standards Commission in efforts to combine his affection for the built environment with public policy. In addition to his employ with CBSC and HCD, Brandon has worked with the Commission on Disability Access and the Division of the State Architect performing data analysis, drafting legislative reports, and inspecting capital outlay projects.


In his spare time, Brandon enjoys drawing, cooking, spending time outdoors, as well as traveling between the coast and the foothills visiting family and friends. He is an animal advocate and loves classic cars, especially classic Cadillacs.