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
As a project architect, Emily Gosack’s passion for solving complex design problems has led her to a wide range of work spanning custom residential, adaptive re-use, and large-scale institutional buildings. Since joining Jensen in 2012, she has expanded her leadership role, chairing the firm’s Business Development Committee and serving as an internal resource on sustainable design. Previously, Emily worked with Rafael Vinoly Architects on the design and detailing of public spaces for the new Stanford Hospital. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies before earning her Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Her recent experience includes a large, mixed use development and the Alamo Square Residence, an extensive remodel of a historic single-family home, both in San Francisco. She is a licensed architect in California.
Since joining Jensen in 2004, Chris Kalos has played a lead role in developing the design and technical standards that distinguish the firm’s work. Influenced by the multidisciplinary environment of the California College of the Arts, where he earned his Bachelor of Architecture, Chris actively cultivates Jensen’s extended creative community of fashion designers, furniture makers, and craftspeople. He works closely with clients and contractors—from programming through construction—to design and realize custom furniture, details and environments for residential, institutional and commercial clients. His recent and current projects include the Turner Residence, Turner Duckworth offices, and on-going projects for the Children’s Day School.
As a designer and project manager with Jensen since 2004, Scott Davis draws upon his diverse experience to move beyond conventional design responses and propose better ways of fulfilling each projects’ functional, programmatic and aspirational goals. Scott received his Bachelor of Architecture from the California College of Arts (CCA), where he earned a year-long honors internship with Sydney-based Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects. At Jensen, he shepherds projects through all phases, helping to develop new solutions and systems for projects such as Goodby, Silverstein, and Partners, SHED, and the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion.
Kim joined Jensen Architects in 2010 after completing her Master in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, yet she traces her analytical rigor back to her studies at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. The discipline of her process is evident in her work, most notably guiding residential projects in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights and Twin Peaks neighborhoods from design through construction. Whether evaluating challenging site conditions or resolving the smallest details, she applies curiosity and critical thinking in search of the poetic and pragmatic.