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.

Photo by Jay Graham.
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!

Kat, Steven, and Lauren have some fun while mixing up salad.

Winter 2015 Newsletter...

Happy New Year from Feldman Architecture!

We hope your 2015 is off to a good start. We would like to kick off the New Year with a couple of major announcements for the firm that we are excited to share. First, we are pleased to announce the appointment of both Tai Ikegami and Chris Kurrle to Partners. Tai has been with the company for ten years, and has been pivotal in growing the firm from its early days in Jonathan’s basement. Now with two office space upgrades and 16 additional staff, Tai continues to help lead the firm with his design and technical expertise. Chris joined the firm in 2011 and has helped manage our firm’s quick growth in the past few years. Utilizing his strong technical background and diverse design experience, Chris continues to mentor staff through all facets of design and construction. It’s with great pride we welcome Tai and Chris to their new positions. We are excited to have their leadership as the firm continues to grow.

The four partners of Feldman Architecture.
The new partner announcement wasn’t the only big thing to come out of December for Feldman Architecture. Our Presidio VC Office project (pictured above) won a Best of Year Award from Interior Design magazine. We would like to acknowledge our internal team, Caroline Arpa, Lindsey Theobald, and Aaron Lim, and extend a big thank you to the rest of the project team for helping us complete our premier Corporate Interiors endeavor! To receive our prize, Jonathan and Lindsey travelled to NYC in December to attend the awards ceremony. Photographs of the project can be viewed on our website and look for more coverage of the project in the January issue of Interior Design.
In other news, we have a few projects entering their final stages of construction which should be wrapping up in the next couple of months. We are finishing the details on two remodels in the San Francisco neighborhood of Noe Valley, both full remodels including horizontal and vertical additions. In the hills above the town of Healdsburg, we are putting on the finishing touches to a clients’ weekend getaway. We’ll be posting more construction photos to our Facebook page and website, so make sure to keep your eyes out for those.
This year for our company holiday gathering, we enjoyed great food and fine drinks at Central Kitchen in the Mission. We raised a glass to our new partners, our wonderful staff and good things to come in the new year.

Thanks to many of you, 2014 was a spectacular year for Feldman Architecture, and we’re looking forward to what 2015 has in store!

Fall 2014 Newsletter...

The fall of 2014 has been full of sun, sand and fun! Feldman Architecture, Kendall Wilkinson Interiors, Peninsula Custom Homes, and Strandberg Engineering participated with over 25 teams and 1,000 volunteers in this October’s LEAP Sandcastle competition. Working with students from the Jefferson Elementary School, staff members created an extraordinary sandcastle based on the theme “Food, Glorious Food.” Our team managed to raise nearly $20,000 to support LEAP in its efforts to provide arts education in schools which are otherwise unable to fund arts classes.

In September, the Fitty Wun House (left) was featured on the 2014 San Francisco Living: Home Tours as a part of the AIASF Architecture in the City Festival. Nearly 800 people toured through a handful of homes in the City. We received congratulations and positive feedback on our project from many participants. Big thanks goes out to our wonderful clients and the project’s General Contractor, Design Line Construction, who sponsored the tour. If you missed the tours, the home was featured in San Francisco magazine in October, showcasing some of the fun features of this family-centered home.

Custom Home and Builder awarded the firm an Honor Award in the renovation category of the 2014 Awards program. And the eco-historical Victorian Update (below), which achieved Platinum status in the LEED for Homes program and includes many sustainable design elements, is featured in the book and on the cover of Sustainable Residential Interiors by Wiley Publications.

Fall 2014 has also brought opportunities for new projects and we are pleased to welcome 3 new staff members to the firm. Helmina Kim, LEED AP, a graduate of The Cooper Union in NYC, joins us with many years of residential experience and an interest to lead the firm in sustainable design, research and education and sustain our efforts to keep the firm at the forefront in green design. Anjali Iyer has over thirteen years of experience having spent a significant portion of her career in her hometown of Bangalore, India working for a world renowned architect specializing in contemporary residential design. Rounding out the newest international members of our team is Katharine Hebden, a recent architectural graduate, who is joining us from New Zealand for the coming year and will be contributing her design talents, as well as model-building/3D graphic presentations skills to the firm’s ongoing projects.

To welcome our new staff, we celebrated with a night of bowling at the Presidio Bowling Center in which Kat showed off her athletic talents as she innocently knocked down strike after strike and impressed her new colleagues. Lindsey’s daughter, Lucie (right), did pretty well too!

2014 is ending with a bang – and we are very excited about the firm’s current work and prospects for 2015. And the Giants won the World Series for the third time in five years!  Go Giants!!

Summer 2014 Newsletter...

World Cup fever is upon us – so we hope you are enjoying the ‘kick-off’ of summer as many of us are with the occasional office break to view the action and root on our favorite teams. Speaking of action – the firm had plenty of activity, exposure, and several new faces join us this past spring.

In April, the Butterfly House in the Santa Lucia Preserve was featured on the cover of Dwell Magazine. We are thankful for the beautiful coverage of the project with a wonderful story by Emily Thelin and fantastic photos by Joe Fletcher. To celebrate, the Feldman team hosted a party at the Barrel House in San Francisco, an amazing former speakeasy, with dinner and drinks by Dosa and music by Cure for Gravity.

We are excited to announce LEED Gold status has been achieved for the Salamander House in the LEED for Homes program. Congratulations to our Salamander clients and design team for embarking on this challenging but rewarding path to certification! Feldman Architecture has now managed its 5th LEED certification, 4 Platinum and 1 Gold, with several more homes currently in the USGBC’s system.

Upcoming this fall, as a part of the AIA San Francisco’s Architecture in the City festival in September, the Fitty Wun House will be featured on the AIA Home Tours as one of several homes opened to architecture aficionados to tour on the weekend of September 20-21st. This yearly event can sell out so don’t miss this opportunity for a fun-filled day of architectural adventure. Please visit the AIA website at www.aiasf.org/hometours for tickets.

Finally, we are excited to welcome 3 new staff members to the firm. Ben Welty, originally from South Carolina, brings several years of high-end residential experience and Jessica Gill, a recent graduate from RISD and Reed College hailing from across the Bay in Berkeley, are already busy working on a variety of new commissions. Bianca Mills joined as our new Office Manager and with several years of experience in architecture and related creative fields is a wonderful addition to our team. This summer, we are also hosting Pavan Vadgama from UC Berkeley who is completing a summer course on Professional Practice which includes working in our office. We also note that his FIFA bracket is perfect to date; he has picked all of the winners so far! To celebrate the new members of the firm, Brett Moyer hosted a party at his lovely remodeled Eichler home in Marin where everyone enjoyed the sun, drinks and delicious food while getting to know our new colleagues.

We look forward to working with many of you throughout 2014. Enjoy your summer!