Jensen Architects

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Jensen Architects
San Francisco

Firm Description
Jensen Architects is passionate about creating buildings and environments that enrich the experiences of organizations and individuals. Guided by a responsibility to achieve the most using the fewest resources and to engage a broader cultural perspective, the firm develops solutions that embody each client’s values and greater purpose. Recent projects include SHED Store and Café in Healdsburg, Calif.; SFMOMA Rooftop Garden, California College of the Arts Graduate Center, and two private residences, the House on the Hill and Kokoris house, all in San Francisco.

Approach to Residential Design
The architects define their job as interpreting a client’s program and translating it into a building. While specific project requirements often generate key ideas, the firm strives to create a space that is flexible and adaptable. To that end, Jensen Architects favors spaces that are open, dynamic and versatile. Their forms and spaces accommodate the function and needs of the client, while remaining open enough to allow for the occupant's creative interpretation.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Recognized for their innovative applications of proven building systems and materials, the firm is valued for its collaborative approach to design and construction. "Our accomplishments are rooted in a culture of camaraderie that fosters longstanding relationships with clients, consultants and colleagues. We offer clients an opportunity for creative exchange that informs our practice as much as the resulting work" says Mark Jensen.

Work Influences
The firm's wide-ranging portfolio is underpinned by their abiding interest in how people live and work today, and the pleasure the studio takes in collectively solving design challenges through research, unconventional thinking and a focus on craft. The other great inspiration is the expertise and passion of the builders and craftsmen whom they collaborate with.

Year founded: 1994
Number of employees: 27
Services: Architecture, interior design, programming, master planning and lighting design
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