Welcome to our San Francisco studio

Tucked beneath the Bay Bridge overlooking the water, our studio has certainly carved out its place in the City by the Bay. Inside our LEED Platinum workplace, we spend our days designing a better future for the city around us. Research and purpose are at the forefront of everything we do: we’re committed to innovation for the greater good of our community. And, we’re proud to live up to a California stereotype or two: sustainability is non-negotiable, and keeping our cool is key.

2 Bryant Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Did you know that we have a residential design studio? Click to view our portfolio or visit Pfau Long Architecture to learn more and get in touch.

Annual white elephant gift exchange is an office favorite.
The LEAP Sandcastle Classic raises money for the arts in San Francisco public schools.
Click here to see more of the San Francisco studio's K-12 work!
The Facewall
The Facewall is iconic within our studio. Everyone's invited to add a photo that represents life outside of work.
View of the Facewall from the lobby
How does form meet function in sustainable architecture?

I think this probably becomes even more true in the age of sustainable architecture. A lot of passive design strategies require specific relationships between parts of the building – size of windows vs. depth of rooms affect passive lighting, height and shapes of spaces can be leveraged for effective ventilation – the list is long!  Overall, the “function” of sustainability requires certain forms to work correctly, and therefore can have a significant impact on the resulting form of a building.

Bryan Harry
Designer III
Sarah Knize
Project Manager
What project are you most proud of?

The LEED Platinum, Net-Zero Energy Childcare Center we designed for a confidential client was a huge accomplishment that I am very proud of. The structure was built with mass timber, and products were selected and screened according to Perkins&Will’s Precautionary List, to prioritize materials that reduce exposure to harmful substances.

Can designers do better than just being less harmful to the earth?

Designers are inherently more attuned to aesthetics and the sense of responsibility we have to community and place. We work to create beautiful places with the hope that communities will fall in love with these places and take responsibility for keeping them beautiful. We can do better than settling for just being less harmful to the earth in our designs and practices, in how we live. Imagine – an idea both ancient and radical – that humans love the world so much our planet is improved by our presence here. I believe that all of us at Perkins&Will can lead the way. 

Marc Asnis
Urban Designer III
Yameng Zhang
Designer I
Environment is the public space we all live in.

I do think our design most of time is affected by the site, its building functions, environmental needs, design aesthetics. I believe we should mostly keep in mind the design framework of public space, since it’s a significant part of general environment, it’s where shared value takes place, collectively add huge value to the experience and potential of urban area. I think the most fascinating part of environment is the public space we all live in. 

Click here to see more of our thoughts on Earth Day!
Project Manager Matt Covall, Project Architect Mansi Maheshwari, and Designer Chris Hague
A Mass Timber Field Trip

We took a field trip to Nordic Structure’s (the CLT manufacturer for our 1 De Haro project) facility in Chibougamau, central Quebec.

Check out Project Manager Matt Covall’s account of the trip – complete with behind the scenes photos and videos – by clicking HERE.


Almost a decade ago, Perkins&Will’s San Francisco studio led the team tasked with envisioning a Better Market Street.

Today, the downtown section of San Francisco’s artery that connects its hills to its bay, prioritizes pedestrians, cyclists and public transportation by closing access to private vehicles.

With a section of Market Street becoming car-free, we reflect on the work our studio did to get to this point. Read more about the work we did and our vision for Market Street on the blog:

People in San Francisco

Greg Johnson
Managing Director
Peter Pfau
Design Director
Jason Dries-Daffner
Operations Director
Karen Alschuler
John Haymaker
Remi Isaacs
Kami Kinkaid
K-12 Education
Dwight Long
John Long
Higher Education
Sarah Rege
Corporate and Commercial
Geeti Silwal
Urban Design
Gerry Tierney
Melanie Turner

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