WHO WE ARE

We care about space and its endless potential. We make offices, houses, and studios; we alter streets and change cities; we talk, we think, we draw, and we make models. We understand that architecture is the production and shaping of space with time and place and form and material.

Our work is a continuation of a century-long conversation about architecture and meaning, metaphor and shape. 

We see potential in problems, needs, desires. We see ourselves as translators of experiential feeling into solidly built form. Our projects are at once deep and intimate collaborations and expansive and powerful experiments. We thrive on concept, and also on simplicity. We believe that architecture is a dance of decision and opportunity. 

Our work is without disciplinary boundary or practical limitation. We are excited by the pencil, the hand, the story, the skill; the office, the home, the surface, the city block. 

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THE PRINCIPALS

Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi met at the University of California, Berkeley. Since graduating, we have each worked at multiple scales—from intimate residences to large-scale offices; from stand-alone houses to major high-rises. Together, we have developed an iterative and holistic process of research and design. 

Michael Garcia
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As partners, we complete projects far beyond our individual capabilities. Our work is inspired by both deep architectural experience and a universal curiosity. We rely on understanding architectural theory as thoroughly as we do state-of-the-art technologically-innovative practice. Our partnership is conceived and executed as a constantly-evolving collaboration. 

Farid Tamjidi
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PHILOSOPHY AND PROCESS

We understand that our clients have drives, needs, wishes; we know how to turn those ephemeral desires into built form and shaped space. We also know how to work together, how to develop the deepest possible understanding of what our clients want and how to create it.  We know when to push, and when to listen; when to shift, and when to stand our ground. We understand a building as a connected network of material, light, and air. 

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RANGE OF SERVICES

We do it all. We are as familiar with building codes as we are with rendering processes; as adept at a deep understanding of siting and context as we are at designing a custom lamp; as good at a hand-sketch as we are at a mockup. We are there from start to finish, from initial spark to finished building. 

  • DISCIPLINES
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Planning
  • Landscape Design
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Product Design
  • SERVICES
  • Programming
  • Site Evaluation & Selection
  • Space Planning
  • LEED Consulting
  • Budget Analysis
  • Bid Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Construction Administration
  • Standards Development
  • General Contractor Selection
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STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS

We hire the best people, and then we let them grow. We value freedom, and true collaboration: the way a meeting of minds can create a flurry of ideas, a vast landscape of possibilities, then a winnowing down of choice and decision until, finally, there is a space, a color, a building. 

  • Tami Rowan
  • John Conklin
  • Jenni Maybury
  • Eve Petrucci
  • Christine Flick
  • Lucian Leonte
  • Scott Benedict
  • Kristin Keenon
  • Sarah Kaiser
  • Bill Goryl
  • Catherine Martin
  • Diana Soriano
  • Wendy Jarvie
  • Brian Carrol
  • Heather Sanders
  • Eddy Joaquim
  • Ellery Brumder
  • Megan Simmons
  • Christine Howeisner
  • Jennifer Mayberry
  • Kristin Maberry
  • Ashley Lindquist
  • Lisa Wai
  • Andrew Tarcin
  • Michelle Mullinnix
  • Ron Arana
  • Chloe Le
  • Liona Avery
  • Khung Ah Chang
  • Lukas LaLiberte
  • Michelle Duesterhoeft
  • Ashlynne Camuti
  • Timothy Wai
  • Shawn Leong
  • Yuliya Kukosh
  • Lola Cwikowski
  • Darshini Shah
  • Wilson Wang
  • Amanda Swain
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CONTACT

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10 Lombard Street
Suite 150
San Francisco
California 94111

415 788 5800