• AIA California Council (AIACC) Housing Forum — “Housing Attainability”

    Why does it cost so much to live in California? Cities across the state are experiencing the same growing pangs. Tomorrow, the AIACC is hosting a Housing Forum to jump-start a year-long conversation about “attainable housing” for our communities and state. The one-day conference will be jam-packed with design-driven discourse about the roadblocks to housing and potential long term solutions.

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  • We’ve Expanded our Leadership Team

    Change is in the air at JLA. On the heels of an incredible year, we’re expanding our leadership team. Khoan Duong, AIA and Bret Walters AIA, NCARB have been promoted to principals.
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  • Where to Buy: Portola and Excelsior

    As San Francisco continues to expand to meet the demands of its swiftly growing population, residents of the city’s south side are revitalizing their neighborhoods.  We’ve teamed up with hospitality tech giant Air BnB and the city’s leading (and local!) real estate group Paragon Real Estate to bring you a peek at two pockets of San Francisco ripe for development.

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  • Pacific Union Real Estate Report : Q2

    Our friend Alan Morcos of Pacific Union Real Estate produces an excellent Quarterly Report, among other publications. Get a high-level look at what’s happening and what to expect in the San Francisco real estate market in this insightful video report.

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  • CH+D: On the Bright Side

    California Home and Design recently featured the Haggerty kitchen remodel, a project in collaboration with the talented Interior Design team Mansfield+O’Neil. See the full write up here.

  • Practical Guide to Design

    I thought it might be interesting to share how we, as architects, help our clients. One of the most frequently asked questions from my clients is how to make their house projects greener. Although there are many things one can do, ultimately the most important thing is to value the limited resources that we have, and to utilize them wisely.
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  • Houzz: 10 Ways to Lift a White Room with Rainbow Brights

    Remodeling and Home Design

    Try the softly-softly approach with these tips designed to take the fear out of sunshine shades – by Laura Wheat.

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  • On Houzz: Your Guide to Common Light Fixtures — and How to Use Them

    Remodeling and Home Design

    Get to know pot lights, track lights, pendants and more to help you create an organized, layered lighting plan. By Yanic Simard

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  • SF Curbed Features 553 Elizabeth Street

    After extensive renovation this Noe Valley property commands $5.8 million. To read more about the property check out the article.
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  • Convert Man Project Featured on Retail Design Blog

    Convert, an eco-conscious fashion retailer, recently opened Convert Man on trendy Hayes Street in San Francisco. The men’s fashion store features a complimentary whiskey bar, locally—sourced bamboo hangers, and recycled cardboard shelving. The space reflects Convert brand’s eco-focus to appeal to its discriminating hipster-male clients, with a refined and ruggedly modern sensibility.  read more

  • Design Rx for Your Home Remodel: An Interview with John Lum

    John gives some valuable info about what architects do, including some cool insight into some of the most important benefits of working with them, what questions you should ask before the design process, and tips to make sure your remodel/building project goes as smoothly as possible.

    What are some important questions to ask an architect before beginning the design process?  What are some of the biggest issues that architects and homeowners face when it comes to remodeling a house? To read the whole interview click here

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  • Houzz: How to Choose the Right Tile Layout

    Remodeling and Home Design

    Brick, stacked, mosaic and more — get to know the most popular tile layouts and see which one is best for your room. By Yanic Simard

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  • Houzz Tour: When an Architect Designs for Himself

    Remodeling and Home Design

    When San Francisco architect John Lum decided to remodel the living space over his office, he made a discovery: it was difficult to be both architect and client. “Usually we try to listen to what [clients] want,” Lum says. “Most people want more lush homes.” But he wanted to focus on the basics of the 1917 building. “I tend to follow symmetry – I like things very rationalized,” he says. The warehouse’s 32-inch rafters gave Lum a module that allowed him to design the 1,300-square-foot space with gridlike precision. “I wanted to keep the rustic quality, the found sensibility of the space,” he says. “I was on an extremely tight budget. Instead of highly refined finishes, it would be in my best interest to do things simply.”

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  • Design Rx for Your Home Remodel: An Interview with John Lum of John Lum Architecture

    How common is it to for homeowners to hire an architect for a remodeling project? What are the benefits of this compared with some of the other options?
    It is quite common, especially given how complex the planning process can be for most Bay Area communities. Also, one cannot rely on a contractor to make design decisions as they are not educated in this field. Knowing the permitting process, coordinating the structural engineer and other consultants, and also representing the client during construction are important roles of the architect.

    To read the full article on bayareaforsale.com, click here

  • 7×7 Magazine Features Convert Man in Hayes Valley

    When the new Convert Man store opened in Hayes Valley, 7×7 magazine talked design and favorite things. To learn more about the design and what’s in store in the new retail outlet, click here