Sustainability by Values with Monique DeVane
As Head of School at The College Preparatory School, Monique DeVane shepherded the development of her campus’s first project designed for zero-net energy performance. JENSEN Principal Steven Huegli asked her to share how institutional values set the stage for this achievement.
A proposal developed for the AIASF Housing+ San Francisco 2050 Design Competition, “The Green Line” offers a radical solution to address the housing and climate crises: infrastructure that integrates housing, community solar, and transit in a new street type.
History and Placemaking with Ruth Todd, FAIA
Ruth Todd, FAIA, is a principal and board chair of Page & Turnbull, an architecture, planning, and preservation firm headquartered in San Francisco. She spoke with JENSEN principal Emily Gosack, AIA, LEED AP about history, placemaking, and how architecture bridges the two.
Now home to Cyrus, Chef Douglas Keane’s acclaimed restaurant, Walden Studios has stood the test of time. Principal Mark Jensen, FAIA, reflects on this uniquely flexible adaptive-reuse project.
Healthier Materials: Where to Begin?
As architects we naturally want to avoid materials that are hazardous to human health and the environment, but the reality of understanding and tracking which building materials to specify or avoid is anything but simple. Unpacking this complex issue is an exercise in planning, pragmatism, and patience.
Children’s Day School Case Study
The adaptive reuse of a former church into a middle school for Children’s Day School is a remarkable example of architectural grafting. The renovation successfully blends modern design with historic character, seamlessly integrating the school into the urban fabric and preserving the school’s mission of community-based learning.
Restrooms for Everyone
For YouTube Office 2, JENSEN worked within an existing building core to create all-gender restrooms that prioritize inclusivity. The solution provides a suite of varied bathroom spaces welcoming to people of all orientations and abilities.
Thoughts on the Future of Work
Since the pandemic, many offices have adopted a hybrid work model combining in-person and remote work. Principal Dean Orr, AIA, shares his thoughts on how this shift will affect the future of workplace design.
Luminous Ground at CPS
Commissioned under the City of Oakland’s Public Art Program, Ala Ebektar’s hand-made tile mural, Luminous Ground, invites reflection at the College Preparotory School campus.
Turner Residence Case Study
For years, the Turner family made their home in a distinctive Victorian in Larkspur, California. When a rare, ridge-top site became available, they began imagining a completely different way of living – an environmentally minded lifestyle immersed in nature.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We are committed to integrating principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of our practice. Our efforts are rooted in an ethos that celebrates differences, encourages participation, and emphasizes continued education. Ultimately, by embracing these values, we can better design environments that holistically serve our community.
Embracing the Handmade
Jensen Architects is known for its collaborations with arts institutions and artists, but occasionally our work affords space for our own creative exploration. The murals for our work with YouTube is a recent example. Nicole Germano, senior interior designer, shares her process.
From Talking to Taking Action
Our recent experience working in the Chinatown and India Basin neighborhoods of San Francisco has heightened our commitment to designing for justice and equity in the built environment. Last fall, our studio undertook an initiative to expand our role in fostering more just processes and outcomes.
SHED Case Study
Envisioned as a modern grange, this restaurant, retail and community space concept defied space planning guidelines and architectural precedents. The unconventional use of a pre-engineered metal building system provided a poetic response.
Goodby Silverstein Case Study
Completed in 2013, this office for an advertising powerhouse is a benchmark in more than a decade of workplace design at JENSEN. Our reflections highlight the adaptability of the open office typology, and the spatial nuance that continues to define successful work environments today.
Housing, City Making, and Technology
In this Q&A, Emily Gosack, AIA, LEED® AP, shares her approach to mixed-use, multi-family developments, and her plans for shaping the role of technology in our practice. We began with a simple question: Why is this an exciting time to be an architect?
2019 Monterey Design Conference: Beyond Sustainability
AIA California’s biennial gathering offers insights into the state of architecture. Using the AIA Framework for Design Excellence, JENSEN principal Steven Huegli, AIA, introduces a selection of projects presented during the weekend conference.
Seizing the Moment
As increasing climate disasters heighten our sense of urgency, architects aren’t alone in feeling that we've reached an inflection point. It's a moment that bears some reflection. How have these events affected our clients and the communities we work in? What have we learned, and with this knowledge, what actions will we take?