Summer 2016 Newsletter...

Greetings from San Francisco, where summer is in full swing!  Here at Feldman Architecture, the start of the season has ushered in fresh faces and new projects.  The many exciting developments include the kickoff of our first construction project in Los Angeles, a remodel in the Hollywood Hills, and the opportunity to design our first restaurant: a “fast casual” establishment featuring South Indian cuisine in Oakland’s thriving Uptown district.

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As we continue to expand our repertoire, looking forward to the projects on the horizon, we also take great pleasure in looking back at recently completed projects newly captured in photos and in print.  We are delighted to share that Ranch O|H, a modern take on the traditional ranch home located in the scenic Santa Lucia mountains, was featured in the latest issue of Dwell Magazine (see above).  The article, “A Meadow with Amenities,” showcases the design’s blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces, as well as its subtle integration of modern technology and materials into a classic typology.

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We took advantage of the season’s sunny skies to photograph three recently completed projects and are excited to share some sneak peeks with you!  Joe Fletcher expertly photographed Healdsburg 1, where the great room transforms into an outdoor pavilion with sweeping, continuous views of the village below (see above).  Joe also photographed Noe Valley 2, an urban remodel that brought an abundance of natural light, a neat floor plan, and strong connection to the outdoors to a family home in San Francisco.  Finally, Noe Valley 3’s efficient design and carefully selected materials enable the home to achieve LEED Platinum certification, and its innovative use of light, both natural and artificial, was captured by the talented Paul Dyer (see below).  We are lucky to collaborate with Paul and Joe, who continue to showcase our projects’ “good sides” time and time again.

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Earlier this spring, the office took a fieldtrip north of the city to visit one recently completed project and one in the midst of its finishing touches.  The trip gave the staff a chance to see the product of our colleagues’ hard work up close and in person.  We took a quick detour to visit Evan Shively’s showroom and wood mill in Marshall, where Evan transforms wood salvaged from landfills and demo sites into works of art, savoring the creative process and its collaborative nature along the way.  Stay tuned for an upcoming blog post on Evan’s operation later this month!

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The FA team also hopped over to the Presidio to blow off some steam at the House of Air.  While some staff members enjoyed stringing together complex bouncing routines, others took to the dodgeball court, where they found themselves embroiled in a game of Kids vs. Adults.  Those are hard games to win, right, Matt Lindsay?

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We’d like to issue a warm welcome to Evan McCurdy, who has returned to FA full-time after his internship with us last summer, and Liza Karimova, a current architecture student at UC Berkeley who is joining us as a summer intern.  We are also happy to announce that our Feldman families have grown.   In early April, Daniel and Mollye Holbrook welcomed their daughter Ellis Anne Holbrook to the world!  A big congratulations to the proud parents and their families, and best wishes to baby Ellis, who won our hearts during her first office visit and, more importantly, the affection of Chris’ dog Briar.

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To stay up to date on all Feldman Architecture news, be sure to check out our staff blog, where the most recent entry details Anjali’s trip to Vancouver, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram!

Until next time,
Feldman Architecture

 

Spring 2016 Newsletter...

Happy Spring from Feldman Architecture, where the warm(er) weather has brought fresh faces to the FA team, new projects to our firm, up-to-date photos to the website, and extensive progress on job sites across the Bay Area.

In recent news, our Palo Alto Lantern House was featured in the April 2016 edition ofSan Francisco Magazine.  The article, entitled “Venturing Outside the Box: A modern Palo Alto home that rounds out the Edges,” delves into the creative process behind the residence’s design, revealing how a combination of aesthetic preferences and perspectives contributed to the warm modernism of the finished home.  Take a look at photographer Paul Dyer’s images of the house, newly posted on the Feldman website, to find out why it was dubbed The Lantern House (pictured above).  This summer, keep an eye out for the July/August issue of Dwell Magazine for an exclusive feature story about Ranch O|H, a modern retreat in Carmel’s Santa Lucia Preserve!

We are thrilled to share three new projects with you via the ever-growing On the Boards section of our website: Project Miller, an all-family, inspirational nature retreat with a focus on the restorative powers of nature in the heart of the Salinas Valley; Vineyard Haven, a guest cottage in coastal New England; and the Pavilion, a residence perched on a ledge overlooking San Jose (pictured below).  Stay tuned for more FA updates, including new images from our recent photoshoot of a San Franciscan loft, which capture the crisp lines and cool palette of the home (sneak peek below).

We would like to issue a warm welcome to the four newest members of our growing firm, including the talented Leila Bijan, Manli Zarandian, and Heera Basi, as well as Jeff Wheeler, Feldman Architecture’s third Associate (pictured below from left).   We are grateful for the wealth of experience and skills that they bring to the team and excited to collaborate with them on current and future projects.

Adept as they are at the drafting table, our new staff members were no match for Tai’s sons at the pool table.  The M.V.P. of our office excursion to Jillian’s was undoubtedly four-year-old Hayoto, whose knack for sneaking balls from the table brought new meaning to the concept of aggressive play (pictured below).

To learn which new hire wrote their undergraduate thesis on feminism and architecture in the 1960s, check out the new staff’s bios and portraits on Feldman Architecture’s website, and take a peek at our new group portrait, too.  The wonderful Sarah Peet managed to produce a shot that showcases all of our good sides, even if it prominently features a pair of mismatched socks.

Be sure to stay up to date with the latest Feldman Architecture news via our Facebook and Instagram (@feldmanarchitecture), where we’ll continue to post construction photos and project updates.

Until next time,
The team at Feldman Architecture

Winter 2016 Newsletter...

Season’s greetings from Feldman Architecture, where we celebrated the successes of 2015 and rang in the New Year with excitement for all of the opportunities on the horizon.
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s office holiday party brought even more cheer than usual with the appointment of Bianca Mills and Lindsey Theobald as associates of the firm (see below).  Bianca joined Feldman Architecture in 2014 as the firm’s Office Director and has been keeping us in line and on track ever since.  Lindsey, who is both a talented architect and an expert interior designer, has brought extensive experience-based knowledge and fresh creativity to her projects at Feldman Architecture since joining the firm in 2006.  Both are integral members of the FA team, and we are excited for them to take on their new and well-deserved roles.
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In recent news, Noe Valley II (pictured below) has received a LEED Platinum rating, making it the fifth LEED Platinum project for the firm, with two more on the way!  Congratulations to the project’s clients and design team on their dedication to environmental responsibility.
The firm as a whole was named to Luxe Magazine’s 2016 Gold List, a catalog of select architects, designers, and builders whose work was featured in the magazine this past year, and was also awarded the Best of Houzz 2016 Award, which recognizes the most popular designers among Houzz’s more than 25 million monthly users.  Builder Magazine published a closer look at the kitchen of the Remodeling Design Awards winning Creekside Residence.  As Mill Valley Cabins made its South American debut in Argentina’s Estilo Proprio,and Fitty Wun earned its first Swedish feature, we were delighted to see our  designs make their ways to far-flung parts of our world.  Our favorite title of the season’s press came from Curbed SF’s Fitty Wun feature:  Why Did No One Tell Us You’re Allowed to Put a Rope Swing in Your Kitchen?
In November we hosted a few friends and colleagues in our office to kick off the beginning of the holiday season.  Fueled with fish tacos and IPA on tap, we took advantage of the opportunity to unwind with people we enjoy working with year round and were pleasantly surprised to find that our materials library makes a great bar.  We continued the holiday spirit on a cool Monday night in December with a staff trip to the Embarcadero Skating rink.
 The FA website has been revamped for the new year with more projects in our On the Boards section, new staff portraits, and updated staff bios.  Jonathan dusted off his undergraduate English degree to compose a new mission statement and, at long last, feels ready to put the well-worn thesaurus back on the shelf and the statement up on the site.  Keep an eye out for stunning images from two recent photoshoots of completed projects in Palo Alto (sneak peek below). If you’ve already perused our projects and profiles, be sure to get more FA updates on our Facebook page or from our new Instagram account (@feldmanarchitecture).  2015 was a great year for Feldman Architecture, and we’re hoping 2016 will be even better!

Fall 2015 Newsletter...

At Feldman Architecture, fall has brought new projects, exciting progress on continuing projects, and opportunities for community engagement ranging from red carpet events to fun on the beach in sunny San Francisco.
We’re thrilled to announce that multiple Feldman projects achieved national recognition this season!  The Butterfly House received the American Architecture Award for 2015, a prestigious honor bestowed by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies on the best new buildings designed by American architects.  Both Creekside House (above) and Fitty Wun (right) were honored in the 2015 Remodeling Design Awards – Check out the interviews with the architects and clients here andhere.  Fitty Wun won its category’sGrand Prize and was praised for its open and creative design.  The whimsy of the home’s renovation was also recognized by the 2015 Builder’s Choice/Custom Design Awards.
In September, Jonathan walked the red carpet as a co-chair of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Designs Auction (below). The evening featured fine art, fashion, and furniture created by Bay Area artists and designers in a silent auction to support HIV/AIDS research and direct patient care.  Jonathan was delighted to be a part of DIFFA’s initiative, which has raised and granted over $40 million to benefit men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS and to support preventative education for at-risk individuals.
The whole Feldman team and our families spent a day at the beach for this year’s cinema-themed LEAP Sandcastle Contest (below).  Working with students from the Jefferson Elementary School, and with our teammates at Peninsula Custom Homes, ZFA Structural Engineers, and Thuilot Associates, we created a wonderful sand monstrosity in the form of Jabba the Hutt.  Our sculpture was a huge success, and our team raised over $10,000 to support LEAP’s educational programs in music, dance, theatre, creative writing, visual arts, and architecture in over twenty-five Bay Area elementary and middle schools.
In October, we had a great time celebrating our Palo Alto Lantern House and the team involved with its design at the house itself (left).  Another project, an extensive remodel of a stately Victorian home, was featured in the Junior League of San Francisco’s 21st Annual Homes Tour; the Footsteps in the Fog Tour led participants through Presidio Heights, revealing the history, interior design, and architecture of local private homes.  On a tour of our own office, students from the AIA student group at UC Berkeley learned about the firm’s sustainable practices and technology tools.
Finally, we are pleased to welcome two new staff members to the firm.  Matt Lindsay joins Feldman Architecture with a wealth of local and international experience ranging from fine furniture making and wood construction in coastal New England to large institutional projects in the United Arab Emirates.  Abigail Bliss is recent graduate of Amherst College (Jonathan’s alma mater!) who is fine-tuning our marketing texts and boosting our social media presence.  We want to wish a warm welcome to warm winters to these two East Coast transplants!
We are grateful for this season’s successes and excited to see what the next few months will bring!

Summer 2015 Newsletter...

Happy summer from Feldman Architecture! This summer brings new projects, fresh faces, and a surprising amount of hot weather in San Francisco. Our new endeavors are a diverse group of projects ranging from residential projects in Santa Cruz, Tiburon, Los Altos Hills, and Menlo Park to a civic installation to a commercial kitchen.

The Summer issue of Luxe Interiors + Designcurrently on stands features our Spring Ranch project on the cover. The article focuses on the sustainable features such as rammed earth and thoughtful configurations that promote passive heating and cooling throughout the year. The ultimate goal of an environmentally conscious structure that marries into the landscape is part of what makes this house special and the orientation frames the sweeping views toward the owner’s 500-acre ranch.

This month, the IIDA Northern California Chapter is hosting a tour of our Presidio VC Offices to celebrate the project winning an Honor Award in their 2015 awards program. We continue to be overwhelmed by the response to our premier commercial endeavor. The tour will be led by the project architects and spaces are available through the IIDA website if you would like to attend.

In other news, spring was the optimal moment to capture two recently completed projects within the context of mature landscaping in Carmel and Portola Valley. The Portola Valley Ranch shoot is a new residence on our website and above is a sneak peek at the Carmel house.

On September 24th, Jonathan will be co-chairing the DIFFA Designs fundraising event, presented by Roche Bobois. DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids) has granted more than $41 million to organizations nationwide that provide direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventative education for those at risk. Jonathan is delighted to take part in an evening for such a good cause.

The Feldman crew is excited to announce that we are once again taking part in the LEAP Sandcastle Contest in October, teaming up with Peninsula Custom Homes, ZFA Structural Engineers, and Thuilot Associates. This year’s theme is “Sand Cinema” and our team is known as the Coastbusters!We love being able to utilize our experience in the field of architecture and collaborate with colleagues for such a great cause. We will be getting our hands dirty and supporting students from Jefferson Elementary School again this year in NorCal’s largest sandcastle building contest on October 10th at Ocean Beach. A big fundraising event is in the works for September so stay tuned! You can find out about more team fundraising activities as the details develop or donate by visiting our LEAP team page here.

In an effort to properly showcase the talented crew behind the firm we had an in-house photo shoot to have new staff photos taken and a group shot of the entire team! We were actually able to get one shot where nobody blinked including our mascot Briar Wu. We will be updating our staff pages as soon as Jonathan decides which version of his ‘blue steel’ he likes best.
We would like to give a big welcome to two new employees, Ahlam Reiley and Nick Polansky. Ahlam is a licensed, LEED architect with commercial and residential experience in the Bay Area and in the Middle East. Nick is an MIT graduate and designer with residential and restaurant experience who recently completed an artist-in-residence program at Autodesk Pier 9. Their range of talent is an exciting addition to the Feldman team.
We’d also like to officially acknowledge our summer intern, Evan McCurdy (above left). He joined us from UC Berkeley’s Bachelor of Architecture program. We gave Evan a well-rounded glimpse of the life of an architect. When asked about the highlights of his experience at Feldman, Evan said, “FA has put me on 13 different projects, taken me on numerous site visits and thrown me into several client meetings. I have learned a great deal here as the fly on the wall, but even more as a man on a horse. Thanks for the horseback ride FA.”

Have a wonderful rest of your summer, and we’ll see you in the fall!

Spring 2015 Newsletter...

The spring brings ramped up construction, photo shoots, and some great exposure for Feldman Architecture. In February, we learned that the Presidio VC Offices won anHonor Award from the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. And a few weeks ago, the San Francisco chapter of the AIA recognized the project with an Merit Award in their annual awards ceremony. We’re thrilled that our first Corporate Interiors project has been so well received, and we are excited to extend our reach into the commercial field. To see additional photos of the project, look at our website.
In publication news, our Wall Street Journal debut featured the Fitty Wun House including a nice write-up on the owners. A short video accompanied the online version of the article that really captures the true intent of the design to make the center of the home a courtyard for the family to interact from anywhere in the space.

NanaWall took over the Butterfly House this spring. They filmed with a drone camera that flew outside and through the house. The video, which you can view on their blog, highlights one of our favorite design concepts of seamless indoor to outdoor living. We love seeing these videos of our projects as they offer a new vantage point in which to experience the design that we would not have a chance to see otherwise.

Earlier this spring, the Feldman team had the opportunity to walk through a few of our projects under construction in the South Bay. We visited projects in Los Altos Hills, Portola Valley, and Palo Alto. These projects are all at different phases of construction, with some (Los Altos Hills 2, Palo Alto 2) approaching completion and others (Portola Valley Prairie, Palo Alto 3) in their early stages of construction.

The trip presented the staff with great learning opportunities and a sense of accomplishment to get out in the field and experience the tangible efforts of their designs firsthand, as their hard work moved from the computer screen to life.

We have recently been able to photograph some of our newly completed projects, which will be up on our website soon. Here’s a scouting shot from one of our Healdsburg projects, which sports large counter-weighted doors that open up the great room to spectacular views.

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Finally, we’d like to give a big welcome to our newest team member, Lauren Wynveen, who joined our staff in March. Her initiation to the office was joining us at an office event with Riggs Distributing, where the staff competed in an “Iron Chef”-style cooking competition. Lauren must have done some cooking before joining Feldman, because her team won first place for best dish!

After an amazing first half of the year, we’re looking forward seeing where the second half of 2015 will take us. As always, thanks to our extended Feldman Family—we couldn’t do this without you!

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