Third Thursday March 2016: Christian Rodatus...

In addition to being a good friend of Feldman’s Ahlam Reiley, Christian Rodatus is the Executive Vice President of Enlighted, a company providing the technology to make smart sensors, networked lighting systems, and the Internet of Things viable options for commercial buildings.  Forward-thinking and continually developing, Enlighten’s tools provide information about the activity in a building at given time and harness that information to enhance the experience of the building’s users.  For example, sensors detect daylight and dim lights to reduce energy, or analyze the current temperature to scale back on heating or cooling.  Christian’s presentation made clear the profound implications this technology has for the reduction of energy and resource consumption in large, commercial buildings, and it was exciting to learn how buildings are becoming increasingly responsive to their users.

Rows of office workers working on computers with data streaming

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Third Thursday February 2016: Pritchard Peck Lighting...

Because we just can’t get enough of Jody Pritchard and Kristin Peck, co-founders of Pritchard Peck Lighting, while collaborating on our own projects, we invited the duo into the office for February’s design presentation.  The pair wowed us with both their portfolio and their rapport; their back-and-forth banter and clear compatibility shown throughout their visit.

One of their projects that stood out from the pack was the ACT Strand Theater.  Kristin and Jody talked us through the inspiration, design, and details of the project, featuring anecdotes and a side-by-side comparison of a rendering and the reality.  Instead of glossing over a wide variety of projects, they honed in on a select few, and walked us through their creative processes from start to finish.

When an image of the façade of the ACT Strand Theater, illuminated from the inside at night, appeared on our conference room screen, we, too, felt a sense of having seen the pieces of the puzzle come together and resolve into something magnificent.

ACT Strand Theater

ACT Strand Theater

160 Folsom

160 Folsom

Epic Systems Campus

Epic Systems Campus

Third Thursday January 2016: SurfaceDesign...

Roderick Wyllie and James Lord, Principals at Surfacedesign Inc., revealed during January’s Third Thursday Presentation why their landscape designs are successful time and time again: they rest on the coupling of moments of inspiration and years of experience.

Surfacedesign’s impressive portfolio ranges from parks, airports, visitor centers, and waterfronts to private residences, hotels, and museums, and FA staff members were excited to pick out a few notable spots they recognized from biking and walking around the city: Fort Point Overlook, Lands End Visitor Center, and even one of our own projects.

At the close of their presentation, Roderick and James told the story of a project in Hawaii that used the symbols and traditional narratives of the island’s indigenous people in the landscape design.  Much to their relief, the community leaders who met with SurfaceDesign after the project’s completion embraced the design, appreciative of the designer’s sensitivity to local culture and the value it placed on honoring the earth.  It was made clear through the narrative that this was, perhaps, the most important approval of all.

Fort Point Overlook

Fort Point Overlook

Fort Point Overlook

Fort Point Overlook

Smithsonian Master Plan

Smithsonian Master Plan

Smithsonian Master Plan

Smithsonian Master Plan

Auckland International Airport

Auckland International Airport

Auckland International Airport

Auckland International Airport

Third Thursday November 2015: Peter Yu...

In November, we had the pleasure of welcoming Peter Yu of Yu Structural Engineers into our office for an engaging presentation about his past and current single-family residential, multi-unit residential, and commercial structures.  Peter and Steven had collaborated extensively during Steven’s tenure at his prior firm, and it was great for the rest of the office to be introduced to Peter and his body of work.

While the projects that Steven and Peter had collaborated on were elegant, modern residences, the highlight of Peter’s presentation was more fantastical in nature:  a treehouse home.  The house, comprised of three separate structures, required Peter and his team to build a 60 ft artificial tree capable of supporting a fully-functional family home.  Starting with clay models and working their way up to the life-sized final product, Peter’s team tackled the challenge of making their clients improbable dream home a reality.  Thanks for sharing, Peter!  We are so impressed.

Tree House

TreehouseDocter

Third Thursday October 2015: Stefan Thuilot...

On the heels of our joint success at the 2015 LEAP Sandcastle Contest, where we joined forces with ZFA, PCH, and the students of Jefferson Elementary to build a Jabba the Hutt sand monstrosity, Stefan Thuilot visited our office to share some insight and images of some more elegant projects.  Many of the projects Stefan shared were carefully crafted garden designs for private residences, and their understated aesthetics seemed both carefully planned and natural, engaging with the original site instead of supplanting it.  Using fire and water as dynamic design components, Steven weaves disparate elements of each garden puzzle into a coherent whole to heighten the sensory experience it offers.

Stefan’s exploration of indoor-outdoor living spaces requires extensive collaboration with architects like FA itself, and it was interesting to take a peek at the opposite side of that back and forth.Portola Valley Residence (1) Jepson Residence 2 ad-01_1500-60 ru-2_1400-45

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