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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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, which outlines strategies for sustainable, resilient and inclusive design, JENSEN principal Steven Huegli, AIA, introduces a selection of projects presented during the weekend conference.