Mark Jensen, FAIA
As the founder of Jensen Architects, Mark Jensen cultivated his view of the art and science of architecture into an award-winning design practice based in San Francisco. These values came naturally to Mark, who grew up among artisans and designers, and deepened through his academic and early experience in the United States and Italy. After earning a Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, a program recognized for its emphasis on building science, he worked with renowned architects Superstudio, Jim Jennings and Mark Mack, as well as noted fashion designer Enrico Coveri. An active member of the San Francisco Bay Area arts and design community, Mark is a former chair of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Interior Architecture Department and the Headlands Center for the Arts Board of Trustees. He is a licensed architect in California. Mark was elevated to The College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2018.
Frank Merritt, AIA
Frank Merritt joined Jensen Architects in 1998, bringing a passion for quality in everything he does. Whether managing the design and construction of new buildings or overseeing Jensen Architects’ marketing and brand management, he advocates the same rigor and discipline that first sparked his interest in architecture as a student. After working as graphic designer in San Diego, he earned a Bachelors of Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA), where he continues to teach. CCA also is an important client for Frank, who served as project architect on the college’s award-winning Graduate Center. Frank’s multidisciplinary background continues to inform his practice: He collaborates regularly with artists, furniture makers, and graphic designers for his projects. As the firm’s director of communications, he mentors staff in business communications, client relations, and practice standards. He is a licensed architect in California.
Dean Orr, AIA
As an architect, Dean Orr found his calling in designing better ways of working. He translates his technical expertise and belief that effective management is essential to realizing good design into best practices for navigating the design, entitlements and construction processes. Since joining Jensen Architects in 1999, Dean has managed a diverse portfolio of projects from the award-winning Walden Studios and SFMOMA rooftop sculpture garden to workplace interiors and mixed-use commercial infill developments. As the firm’s operations director, he also oversees the firm’s overall performance, working to continually strengthen Jensen’s capabilities and client service. A contemporary citizen architect, Dean served eight years on the City of Orinda’s planning commission before gaining a seat on the city council, both volunteer roles. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture from California College of the Arts, where he continues to teach, and is a licensed architect in California.
Steven Huegli, AIA
A licensed architect in California, Steven Huegli joined Jensen Architects in 2006 focusing on complex projects that draw upon his longstanding interest in refined detailing, building technologies, and multi-disciplinary collaboration. Steven developed his interest in materials and construction while earning a Bachelor of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Later while pursuing a Masters of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded the prestigious John K. Branner Travel Fellowship, enabling him to study architecture and building methods in Northern Africa, Japan and Europe. These studies continue to inform his work on past projects for SFMOMA, Emeryville Center for the Arts, Fort Mason Center, California College for the Arts, and several private residences. As Studio Director at Jensen Architects, Steven cultivates the firm’s design-focused culture by advancing technical expertise and practice standards within project teams.
Emily Gosack, AIA, LEED® AP
An architect with wide-ranging experience, Emily Gosack believes the making of great buildings depends on a well-crafted design process. She leads the studio in the integration of technology and sustainability measures, maintaining the highest standards for team collaboration and building performance on projects large and small. Since joining Jensen in 2012, Emily has guided the firm’s multifamily projects, including 3333 California and 2055 Chestnut Street, and has contributed to the studio’s portfolio of award-winning custom residences. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies before earning her Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley.
With a passion for collaboration, Chris Kalos drives quality design and project delivery across all teams at Jensen. Influenced by the multidisciplinary environment of the California College of the Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture, he works closely with clients, contractors, consultants, and artisans to realize the custom features and precision craft that set apart Jensen’s work. Chris’s expertise in lighting design and technical detailing are reflected in his current and recent projects, including a Palo Alto location for Float Station, Children’s Day School, and Turner Residence.
A designer and project manager with Jensen, Scott Davis leads the development of best practices and knowledge sharing underpinning the firm’s exacting design standards. With a keen curiosity and pragmatic instincts, he shepherds designs through all phases, pursuing better ways of fulfilling each project’s functional, programmatic, and aspirational goals. A graduate of the California College of the Arts, Scott is especially at home tackling complex design problems, from hacking a pre-engineered building system for SHED to expanding the community center for the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground in Chinatown.
Trained in architecture and philosophy, Kim Cinco brings a gift for creative inquiry grounded in analytical rigor to her role at Jensen. The discipline of her process is evident in her work, whether leading residential projects in Pacific Heights and Cole Valley from design through construction or envisioning a new workspace for preeminent design thinkers. With an eye toward both the poetic and practical, Kim also guides the firm’s business development initiatives. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Bates College before completing a Master of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.