John Lum, AIA

Founding Principal

"Simplicity yields modern livability."

Expect creativity, elegance, and conceptual thinking.

Bachelor of Architecture, California Polytechnic State University
Bachelor of Science, Architectural Engineering, California Polytechnic University
Diplome d’Architecture, Ecole Des Beaux Arts, France
Registered Architect, CA

John Lum has dedicated his 30+ year career to designing, sustainable, functional, livable spaces that express the distinct design aesthetics of his clients. Rooted in a collaborative and personal process, he balances artistry with efficiency to translate clients’ visions into attainable design solutions. He approaches projects in a direct, realistic manner, analyzing the physical and psychological contexts to create inspiring spaces. He has grown the firm from a residential studio into a bustling practice that designs affordable housing, multifamily housing (SRO and micro-units), retail, hospitality and education. He continues to evolve his work by bridging the demands of sustainable solutions, financial considerations, social purpose, and personal expression.

An award-winning architect, John abides by a belief that simple is better and uses design to solve complex societal issues. He currently serves on the Board of AIA San Mateo County and is active with the AIA San Francisco chapter. In 2018, he received an AIACC Presidential Citation for representing them as a panelist at the California Housing Crisis Conference. Prior to founding JLA in 1994, he was an Associate at Reid and Tarics Associates designing schools and hospitals.

Projects of Note:

  • Courtyard Residence: Family residence in Menlo Park which won the 2018 AIA
  • San Mateo Merit Award for Residential Architecture
  • Noe Valley Butterfly House: First house in San Francisco to have a fully operational, permitted rainwater catchment system for potable water
  • Friedman Oyer: Converting a mid-century, ranch-style house located on the Stanford Campus into a sustainable accessible house with natural cooling; featured in This Old House

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“It’s  a fantastic art piece, conceptual but also structural brilliant, delightful, simple, intriguing and engaging… and just plain awesome! “

Portrait photography: Robert Schlatter