Fall Newsletter 2018...

Welcome Autumn!

Photo shoots, office-outings, and many staff vacations have defined our summer this year. We’re all happy to welcome in the fall and prepare for the holiday season. First however, we have to get through SF summer!

Photo by Meg Messina Photography

Many of our projects were professionally photographed in recent months and this past August we updated our staff profile pics as well! Our newer staff members were given the chance to pose for their professional head shots and the entire team finally sat down for an updated group photo. As you can see, no staff portrait is complete without one of our wonderful office dogs! We’d like to thank Meg Messina for once again capturing our good sides and for being such a delight to work with.

Our Studio Assistant, Serena Brown, was recently promoted to Marketing Coordinator and has been enjoying giving her role new life in the form of brainstorming marketing campaigns, organizing staff events, and all things social media related!  We encourage anyone interested in collaborating in marketing ventures, press releases, publications, award efforts, etc. to introduce yourself to Serena at sbrown@feldmanarch.com.

We’re excited to share that our Twin Peaks project won bronze in the 2018 Master Design Awards. More photos from this San Francisco remodel are featured in a recently released Metropolis Magazine article, found HERE.

Photo by Joe Fletcher Photography

A number of our hands on staffers have been hard at work these past couple of months transforming a chair for Chairity 2018. Chairity is an annual event hosted by Project Color Corps and Raphael House to raise money for the local community. Over 20 design firms from the San Francisco area come together each year to transform their assigned chair and give it new life.

Our firm’s “Sculptchair” is an experimental exploration of the cushioned seat, which features interchangeable chair tops as a playful ode to our interaction with the sitting surface. While molding concrete into fabric, and engraving the original upholstery pattern into the seat, we have literally and figuratively pushed and pulled at the limits of comfort, treating the seat as an object in itself. All chairs will be auctioned off Thursday, October 11th. Stay tuned for a post about our creative process and the final results!

A few of our designers chose the summer and fall seasons to take trips overseas. Tai and his family traveled to Japan and New Zealand, while Jess and her husband Chris also visited the land of the rising sun. Evan and his girlfriend Jenna traveled to Vietnam where they took stunning photos of both the bustling cities and gorgeous scenery. Serena and her boyfriend Jeremy jetted off to Europe to explore cities around Portugal and Spain, visiting six different cities during their eleven day trip! Be sure to watch out for posts on all of these exciting trips on our blog!

Finally, we are happy to announce that Sophia and Charlie welcomed a new bundle of joy to their family this month. Henry was born on October 1st and his new parents are over the moon!

As the holiday season approaches, we wish all of you good cheer and hopefully low-stress. From our family to yours, have a wonderful rest of the year!
-Feldman Architecture

2018 Summer Newsletter...

Hello Summer! Hello New Projects!

This year’s spring season brought rain to the bay area, allowing the beauty of many of our projects to flourish. Lush landscapes called for professional photo shoots and we’re happy to announce that we’ll be unveiling four newly photographed projects in the next few months!

Pictured below is one of our Palo Alto homes, lovingly coined The Sanctuary.

Photo by Joe Fletcher Photography

As many of you know, we hosted an Open House at the end of May to benefit those affected by the North Bay fires. We’re pleased to say it was a wonderful success and we were able to raise $8,500 for our cause while spending time with our colleagues and friends. If anyone is still interested in donating, please visit Rebuild Wine Country’s donation page.

For those of you who have not had a chance to visit our new Firehouse Design Studio yet, never fear! We’ll hopefully be hosting more events and presentations later this year.

This summer we’ve been excited to welcome not one, not two, but three interns to our office! Parker joined us in mid-May and was a great help in preparing for our Open House. He’s currently going into his second year at Syracuse as an Architecture student.

Ying arrived next in June through an internship program at UC Berkeley. She’s been delving into a couple projects around the office and working closely with fellow UC Berkeley alum Evan.

West is our youngest intern this summer having just graduated high school.  He’ll be attending Drexel University in the fall as a Mechanical Engineering major and is being exposed to the ins and outs of the design profession.  He’s been working with our Studio Assistant Serena, sitting in on staff, client, and consultant meetings, and gathering general exposure to all facets of our office

Every season is awards season, and this past spring was especially kind to us.

dosa by DOSA was awarded a Gold Nugget Merit Award for Best Commercial Project under 20,000sqft as well as the Best Commercial Architecture Practice – California & Best US Hospitality Design Project Award from the BUILD 2018 Architecture Awards.

One of our newly completed projects, Twin Peaks, won the Chrysalis National Award – Whole House Remodel over $700k. Stay tuned for more photos and information coming soon!

As a firm, we are committed to staying current in areas of design, innovation, and sustainability. Our designers frequently attend nation-wide professional conferences, trade shows, lectures and seminars in search of innovation. Just this year, we have participated in the Getting to Zero National Forum, the Living Future UnConference, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and multiple Design Weeks in different states!

Summers are also for weddings and we happily congratulate Rebecca Hora and her husband Ryan Gilbert who were married in a beautiful ceremony in Connecticut just last weekend! Currently relaxing on a beach somewhere in Tahiti, she’ll be back in the office mid-July. Congratulations to you both!!

Here’s to taking on the second half of the year. We hope everyone keeps the positive momentum going and we hope to see you all soon!

– Feldman Architecture

2018 Spring Newsletter...

Spring Has Arrived at the Firehouse!

Despite the rainy weather in the first few months of 2018, we’ve been keeping busy here at Feldman Architecture with staff hires, exciting events, and new projects on the horizon!

We’re pleased to announce that our recently completed Slot House(below) in Los Altos Hills will be showing at the 2018 AIA Silicon Valley Home Tours on May 5th!

Purchase tickets for the event here!

Photo by Harold Gomes

 

On Thursday, May 31st, we will be hosting an Open House in our newly renovated Firehouse Design Studio. We are looking forward to officially introducing our firm to the neighborhood!

In addition to welcoming neighbors, colleagues, and friends to our new home, we have partnered with Rebuild Wine Country and will be raising money during our event to support efforts to rebuild the communities that are still recovering from the North Bay Fires last October.

 

We will be holding a raffle during the event and would greatly appreciate any gifts you would consider contributing. If your company would like to participate by donating goods or services for our raffle, please contact us at info@feldmanarch.com. All participating companies will be added to our sponsors list and acknowledged via newsletter after the event!If you’re interested in giving a monetary donation to our cause, please do so HERE! Thank you for your support!

Rebuild Wine Country, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity

Feldman Architecture is continuing our commitment to the AIA 2030 Challenge, pushing our buildings to be carbon neutral by the year 2030. Last month we hosted our local 2030 Working Group, where sustainability leaders from firms across the city came together to discuss their progress towards meeting their ‘green goals.’

We looked at the data we’ve collected, issues we have come across, and strategies to reach carbon neutrality. Reporting for 2017 was due at the end of March, and the group will meet again soon to look at how we all fared on our way to meeting our 2030 goals.

We’ve also already welcomed three new faces to the team this year! Serena Brown joined the firm as our newest studio assistant. She’s recently returned to the bay area after living a year abroad in Japan. Quick to pick up the inner workings of the office, she is now working to expand her architectural knowledge. Chris Kay (the second Chris in our office now) recently moved to San Francisco from Birmingham, Alabama. He’s worked in machine shops and robotics labs and is excited to turn his attention back to his first love– architecture. Michael Trentacosti is our newest hire and comes to us from New York. He is passionate about green design which is reflected in both his work and his love for the outdoors.

Some of our staff members have had the opportunity to travel in the recent months. We’re especially jealous of Ben and Matt who traveled to East Asia and Africa respectively. Stay tuned for more on their adventures on our blog later this month!

With our portfolio constantly expanding, we invite you to follow us on social media.  Please check out our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Houzz and of course our website to view all of our latest projects. We hope everyone has had a successful and fulfilling 2018 so far and we look forward to connecting with you all this year!

– Feldman Architecture

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!
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