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Alexander Jermyn Architecture: Firm Profile

Alexander Jermyn Architecture has developed a diverse body of work including residential, cultural and commercial projects. The approach to each design problem is with an artistic and technical rigor guided by a commitment to craft in architecture. The work addresses the fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, and their intrinsic properties within architecture. The intensive research for each project guides the design process in lieu of following a stylistic agenda, striving for an architecture from which multiple readings emerge, exploring the associations of program and space, material and detail, complexity and simplicity.

Mendocino Residence (rendering by architect).

The small size and diverse skills of the design team allow the practice to work closely and intensively with clients to provide thoughtful, economical and lasting solutions. The collaborative dialogue between architect, client, and contractor is a core tenet from inception to completion for all work. The meticulous attention to concept and detail guides and refines the design process towards a solution which is architecturally, socially, and contextually coherent. The practice oversees all projects from their conception through construction and collaborates closely with the contractors and artisans who build them. The practice provides full architectural design, construction administration, planning and zoning analysis, as well as interior design services.

The firm was chosen as a Design Vanguard by Architectural Record in 2016, an award for the best emerging architects from around the world. It has also received awards from the AIA and Architecture Magazine.

KT Residence.  Photograph by Robert Vente.

Forward. Photographs by Jeremy Bitterman.


Gyroscope: Firm Profile

Gyroscope is a multi-disciplinary design studio founded on the simple idea that design matters. Led by four owners, our work across the country ranges from planning and designing a new start-up museum in Pennsylvania to expanding a children’s art museum in Arizona. We approach every project as a learning environment to support, promote, and encourage meaningful learning behaviors through good design.Most of our projects are for museums, yet this year we opened a Center for Excellence for Morgan Advanced Materials in Hayward, a new maker space for Woodland Public Library, completed a comprehensive master plan for San Mateo County Libraries, and designed an interactive literacy based children’s museum for Rancho Cucamonga Public Library. This May, the Oakland Public Library will reveal an electric mobile library we designed. Stay tuned for the big reveal. Click here for details.

If you haven’t noticed in your own work, maker spaces are the all rage in ours. Similar to high school home economics and wood shop of years past, maker spaces include desktop CNC routers, laser cutters, 3D printers, computerized sewing machines with technology throughout. What is different are the diverse uses such as drop-in activities, informal programs, classes, demonstrations and/or corporate rental space for participants ranging in age from early childhood to seniors. Gyroscope was architect of record for building renovations as well as for interior fit-out, custom furniture and graphic design for Woodland’s Square One Maker Space.

Three blocks from our studio is the Jack London Square Amtrak station so taking the train back and forth to Santa Barbara while working on MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration and Innovation was great fun.  Fodors ranked it number six of the top ten new museums in the country for 2017. Although not an architectural award, it recognizes the high level of visitor satisfaction for which we are incredibly proud. Our work focused on visitor experience planning, exhibition design and graphics. Click here for details.

One of the most photographed exhibits there is our White Water interactive installation featured on the roof with views to the ocean and mountains. It is a spectacular setting and lots of fun for all ages, although a very challenging design. For projects like these, we are lucky to get private tours of amazing companies such as FLIR, a local Santa Barbara company that makes high-end infrared equipment for both military and civilian uses. We incorporated their equipment on the roof for families to view heat prints of the buildings along State Street. Other incredible field trips took us to a maglev engineering research group, a tele-medicine robot manufacturer, a renewable energy start-up harvesting ocean waves, and a working Foley Studio at Fox Studios.

People always ask us what we do. It’s hard to describe, but we definitely have fun. Staff loves that it is different every day. Tim Phillips, one of the owners, is shown washing out 96 cans of chopped tomatoes for a prototype. The final installation is slated for a new building in Jack London Square. Check it out!

For more information, contact Maeryta A. Medrano, AIA, LEED AP at
Gyroscope Founder & President, 283 4th Street; Suite 201; Oakland, CA 94607

Harriman Kinyon Architects: Firm Profile

Harriman Kinyon Architects, Inc. is an architecture firm based in Walnut Creek that was established over 40 years ago which offers our services primarily in healthcare and affordable housing markets throughout the Western region of California and Nevada.  The firm’s philosophy has been to work on projects that have a true impact and vital service to our community as well as to deliver projects that will allow for the best possible level of care and contribute to better experiences for the patients that are served by these facilities.

Oakland Broadway – Photographer: Mike Polk

The Oakland Broadway project was on a very tight narrow site, originally on four separate parcels.  The existing three buildings on the site were removed to make way for a new two story medical office building along the very busy and highly visible corridor of Broadway.  Multiple factors had to be coordinated for this development of the project which included keeping the existing 25 foot high retaining wall at one side of the property as well as cooperating with the residential neighbors so that the building blended into this community.

Castro Valley – Photographer: Mike Polk

In Castro Valley, we were able to take an oddly shaped property at a great location near the medical corridor of the community.  Though this challenging sloped site was small, we were still able to design the layout of the site with the needed building footprint, parking and landscape areas.   This project also had multiple governing agencies and departments to coordinate and communicate with this development.

We are also working currently on an existing multi-family housing property in Napa, CA.  The remodel of this project includes a new community room, leasing office as well as rehabilitating of the property with new accessible rental units and upgrading the existing kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, heating & cooling, plumbing, painting and new site work with updated drainage, parking striping, landscaping and site lighting.

Napa – Renderings

Firm Profile: Barry & Wynn Architects, Inc.

Barry and Wynn Architects, Inc. is a design studio offering residential, commercial, historic renovation, recreational and civic architectural services throughout Northern California. We value the diversity of our clientele and project types, delivering timeless and unique solutions with attention to detail, effective use of materials, and a passion for design.

Based in Danville, we are committed to contributing a positive and lasting impact on the fabric of our community, where Blair Barry’s family roots date to 1954. He has served on Danville’s Heritage Resource Commission, Planning Commission, and Design Review Board. Early in his career, he saw the value in building what he designed, and obtained his contractor’s license. Blair’s nearly three decades of construction experience helps guide each architectural project with an eye toward constructability. Blair and partner Steven Wynn, a Santa Barbara native, have collaborated for over fifteen years. Together, they have completed a deep portfolio of award-winning work.

Our custom residential work includes new homes, remodels and additions of all sizes. The Diablo Residence pictured here displays a classic California cottage style of shingle and gable roofs. Window walls capture views of the 18th green, while expansive verandahs embrace warm summer nights.

The contemporary Alamo cabana pictured here offers a change of pace, introducing a modern element to a traditional California ranch home. The large shed roof and clerestory windows define this glass pavilion. A clean, flat roof ties the house and BBQ seating to the cabana. Shade and shadow are a must during our hot Contra Costa summers.

Mountain architecture serves as a satisfying counterpoint to our urban and suburban work, with custom home and ranch projects in the Tahoe-Truckee region, and even a full log home overlooking Priest Lake in Idaho. The exchange of ideas, materials and detailing between our urban and mountain projects strengthens both areas of work.

Our commercial work includes office, retail, restaurant, civic, and mixed use development. Commercial and mixed use projects underway include a major addition for Danville’s Town Offices, a new downtown Pleasant Hill restaurant, and the redevelopment of the 1930’s era Xavier Building in downtown Danville. The existing ground floor of the Xavier Building will remain retail, with its historic façade on Hartz Avenue. At the rear, as seen in the rendering pictured here, a contemporary glass façade will extend to the new butterfly roof of our 1,700 square foot second story addition – Barry and Wynn’s new home, anticipated for late 2018 – an exciting time for our firm.

Giving back to our community, we proudly support the work of Operation Dignity, which provides housing services for homeless veterans. We are also engaged with the Museum of the San Ramon Valley, spearheading a new archives storage facility.

Firm Profile: M I Architects, Inc.

M I Architects, Inc. is focused on gas station development projects.  The firm is committed to improve the look and functionality and change the perception of today’s gas stations. We develop the new, sustainable and environmentally friendly gas stations of tomorrow.  We engage clients that share our values and commitments.  M I Architects, Inc. is a seven employee firm that consists of two architects, a senior designer, a job captain and designers. We’ve provided architectural and engineering services since the firm was established in June 2005. We are located in Walnut Creek, California.

Below are some of our most notable gas station development projects:

Chevron Coleman Landings, San Jose

Shell Novato Boulevard, Novato

Shell East El Camino Real, Mountain View

Knapp Architects: Firm Profile

Knapp Architects focuses on protecting and enhancing the value of historic resources—improving the “built environment” by protecting the best of what is already built. The value of historic places is based on the contemporary social view of history and the buildings and places created over time. We work to help other design professionals, owners and users of buildings, and outside stakeholders and regulatory agencies to articulate the significance of existing buildings, weigh realistically the treatment options for them, and complete successful construction projects which will stand the test of time.

Our role is to clarify the status and intrinsic qualities of a building or place; discern how a project would affect it; communicate options and their implications clearly to all participants in the design process; and produce documents which foster a constructive decision-making process and successful construction. On most projects, our role is not to tell others what to do with a building (except through construction drawings and specifications), but rather to explain how the community sees the building or where it ranks under objective historical standards, and to explain the ramifications of treatment options. We bring creativity and insight to the search for options for preserving historic buildings while maximizing their programmatic performance.

In the world of historic preservation, where some professionals deal only in a single specialty, we are generalists. Our scope of experience and skills ranges from architectural services, including conditions assessments, construction drawings and specifications, and construction-phase services; to research and documentation, including National Register nominations and Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation; environmental review and regulatory work, including federal 20% historic tax credits and compliance with CEQA, local preservation ordinances, and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act; to assessments and studies, including Historic Structure Reports and feasibility studies. Our projects range from repairing one component of a small building to overall rehabilitation of a large building. We work both as prime and as a consultant.

Our staff is comprised of licensed architects with more than 40 years’ combined experience in historic preservation; additionally, our firm has longstanding relationships with specialty professionals in sub-disciplines of architecture and preservation as well as professionals in other disciplines, such as structural engineering and landscape architecture, who have deep experience with historic properties.

Recent projects include California Memorial Stadium and Blum Hall/Naval Architecture Building at UC Berkeley, the Kelly Cullen Community (former Central YMCA) in San Francisco, the Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz, and 50 United Nations Plaza and the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. Current projects include two each at Stanford and Berkeley, two hotels in San Francisco, historic rental housing at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Presidio Theatre, and several projects at Mare Island.

Property and building owners we have worked for include UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UC Santa Cruz, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, the East Bay Regional Park District, the National Park Service, Lennar Mare Island, BRIDGE Housing, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, JMA Ventures, and Embarcadero Capital Partners.

We have worked as consultants on teams led by Mark Cavagnero Associates,  Fernau + Hartman, Gelfand Partners Architects, Gensler, HNTB, Hornberger + Worstell, Noll & Tam, Olson Kundig Architects, PGAdesign, PlaceWorks, Ratcliff Architects, and Van Meter Williams Pollack.

Goring & Straja: Firm Profile

Goring & Straja principals, Jim Goring, AIA and André Straja, AIA met while working in San Francisco at William Turnbull Associates in the 1980s. There they refined their core values about place, attended occasional ‘bad attitude’ lunches, and learned much as they could from Bill and their colleagues.After separately being invited to ‘graduate’ William Turnbull Associates in the 90’s, Jim and André ventured out to form independent practices.  Goring received the call one day from Straja in Milan suggesting the transnational alliance and it seemed natural to say yes.  The two branches maintain their alliance by leveraging the near 24-hour active office – sharing staff, collaborating on marketing and design efforts, and staying close to their mission statement: have fun, do good work, and stay in business.

Over the past two decades, Goring & Straja have helmed a wide range of projects. In Milan, André has grown his side of the practice by focusing on mixed-use commercial work in Italy and retail development across Europe, bringing an American model of service and a professionally driven business practice with him. In the Bay Area and across California, the firm has been involved in a variety of institutional, residential, and commercial projects, particularly finding success in the ‘wicked problem’ challenges of complex institutional clients.

In the firm’s California work, GaS embraces the eclecticism of the region’s traditions, finding that each client and community inspires a unique approach. Working with Nespresso’s Milanese concept architect in Beverly Hills to develop a flagship retail café, the team drew on the particular tradition of LA modernist architecture to support an international brand with an international style of Southern California spirit. The result is an inviting light-filled boutique and café open to the sidewalk that celebrates both the lively local promenade and the client’s quality driven brand identity.

At the Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley, Goring & Straja is in the construction phase of a science and technology wing, merging a sustainable steam punk attitude with the bucolic hillside campus. At the same campus GaS recently completed a high school classroom building which was awarded Sustainable San Mateo’s Green Building Award, and PG&E’s Savings by design recognition. Targeting net zero performance, the first year’s metrics placed the building’s energy production very well above its consumption.

Most recently, Goring & Straja was invited to create a proposal for an updated master plan for the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church campus in Orinda. Our faith community work currently includes worship space improvements at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Daly City, master planning at Sequoia Community Church in Oakland, as well as ongoing work with Valley Christian Church and Schools in Dublin.

Whether for churches or schools, retail brands or private individuals, Goring & Straja Architects approaches every project as an opportunity to enhance the spirit of a particular place, while providing clients and communities with spaces that serve, engage and delight.

WARE: Firm Profile

WARE transcends the traditional boundaries between architecture and engineering, designing buildings whose craft and detail spring from an intimate understanding of materials and fabrication.

Located in the heart of Oakland, overlooking Lake Merritt, WARE is a close-knit, integrated office, where coordination of all aspects of a project are deliberately designed into the work.

Copyright Tim Maloney, Technical Imagery Studios (Cheng Design – Designer; Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

WARE considers projects both as functional spaces and unique creations, developed in concert with clients’ desired performance criteria, available budget and aesthetic aspirations. From inception, each project is a collaboration with the client. The firm carefully considers all details and works with the materials, light and space, and elements of construction to infuse a client’s creative ideas with the technical innovation to make them reality. It is this human touch and scale that makes their projects enjoyable places to stop, to sit, or just to be.

WARE offers a complete and integrated range of architectural and structural engineering services. Recent clients include East Bay Regional Park District, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, City of Berkeley, and Fivepoint Development in San Francisco, as well as private developers and homeowners.

3D Printed Park Pavilion Design Model (Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

Cesar Rubio Photography (Ware Associates – Architect & Engineer)

Firm Profile: Cooley Architectural Corporation

Cooley Architectural Corporation (CArch) is a budding new architecture firm that was founded on May 29, 2015 and consists of three employees.  They are its CEO and founder Robert Cooley, Project Manager Ema Shahinian, and Production Manager Alexandre Silveira.  It is on a path to grow, but plans to remain a small to medium size firm with 10-30 employees.

Robert earned his Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo; his Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon; and is a California licensed architect with over thirteen years of design experience.  In 2012, he was the project manager for the barrier removal of over 35 Whole Foods Market grocery stores in Northern California to ensure the company was providing equal access to all of their customers and meeting the requirements of the ADA.  As a result of that experience, Robert became a Certified Access Specialist (CASp) and founded CArch to provide accessibility inspections and full architectural services to commercial clients.  The CASp program was created by California Senate Bill 262 (Chapter 872, 2003) and is designed to meet the public’s need for experienced, trained, and tested individuals who can inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards.

The firm utilizes their experience on multiple types of commercial and mixed-use residential projects to specialize in universally accessible design across a broad spectrum of project types, but mainly focuses on retail, fitness, grocery, restaurant, and office spaces.  Their aim is to push the envelope of regenerative design, or architecture that regenerates our ecological, economical, and sociological environments.  They are well positioned to aid small businesses in becoming access compliant and place their clients in a position to better defend themselves against serial ADA litigation.  In addition to taking on this creed, they also have some larger projects in various phases of design and construction, and Robert has been instrumental in several LEED Gold projects in his career.

As a small practice, they are able to tailor every phase of the project to best meet their client’s needs and expectations.  The creative process of fitting architecture into existing conditions is their greatest passion, but their expertise is often called upon by other architects to ensure their plans meet the accessibility provisions in the code.  The majority of their referrals come from contractors who rely on them for their expertise in the challenging area of accessibility, along with their ability to provide clear and complete sets of plans that minimize time overruns and change orders to the client, which maximizes efficiency.

Travelex SFO Kiosk Barrier Removal, Renovation of Five Existing Stores and Design Review of Mobile Kiosk – photos by Robert Cooley

Tapout Fitness Adaptive Use TI, 6,700 sq. ft. Gym, Alameda – photos by Alexandre Silveira

Galls Tenant Improvement, 6,200 sq. ft. Wholesale Uniform Sales and Distribution Warehouse, San Francisco – photos by Alexandre Silveira

Ignition Architecture: Firm Profile

Ignition Architecture is an imaginative, woman-owned design firm that’s passionate about vibrant, creative design solutions and responsive, professional service. We thrive on tailoring unique, warm and green modern designs to our residential client’s specific needs and dreams.

Founded by Veronica Hinkley Reck, AIA, in 2005, we bring two decades of know-how and award-winning spark to every project. We offer a full range of design services to the entire East Bay through our offices in downtown Alameda, and from our office in San Francisco’s lively Dogpatch neighborhood.

Our team enjoys rolling up their sleeves and diving into the design process, which encompasses a collaborative search for creative, economical, and sustainable solutions that are responsive to the client’s program and budget. We believe that good modern architecture should be inspirational to those who experience it.  We nimbly work with clients of any size, from the individual single-family homeowner to large-scale development teams.

Ignition’s projects vary widely in scope, complexity, content and type. We succeed at integrating client’s needs with contemporary issues of design, technology, and environmental awareness. Our diverse portfolio includes: affordable housing, market-rate/mixed-use multifamily projects, private single-family homes, commercial offices, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, community centers, and civic projects.

Our single-family residential portfolio includes a range of projects, from modest bathroom and kitchen remodels to larger, high-end additions and new, ground-up houses. We take pleasure in working with individual clients, creating a design that speaks to them and their unique needs, then guiding them through all phases of design and construction. We act as a resource to all our clients while navigating complex entitlements and permitting processes, as well as investigating new materials and construction methods.

At Ignition we believe that design is a team effort and a synergetic process. No matter how large or small the project is, we work closely with the client, municipalities, and project stakeholders to meet their project goals. We involve our clients at every step of the way, from concept through construction, resulting in designs that often exceed client expectations.

Ignition Architecture is certified as a small, local and emerging business (SLEB) in Alameda County, and a woman-owned, small, local business enterprise (WBE/SBE/LBE) in San Francisco. We have a wealth of experience both as Prime Architect and as Associate Architect. This flexibility in our teaming approach is particularly useful for helping our clients achieve the SBE requirements of San Francisco’s OCII and those meeting SLEB goals in Alameda County.

Ignition’s team of architects and designers are enthusiastic about good design. If you are looking for a fun group of people to enliven your small or large project, get in touch with us at Ignition Architecture.

Octavia Court HUD 811 Affordable Housing; Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA. Photo credit: Treve Johnson Photography

Clipper Residence, San Francisco, CA. Photo credit: Ignition Architecture

Monkey Bars eco-friendly childrens store, Alameda, CA. Photo credit: Ignition Architecture