For Jeff, architecture is about being a good steward of our environment, of our cities, and of the trust and good will of our people — clients, consultants and staff. Put simply, he believes in doing good work and treating people well, and these basic tenets have defined his 35-year career.
The environmental movement of the 1970s had a strong impact on Jeff. Between his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and his graduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, he served as a Naturalist / Guide in Alaska’s Denali National Park. He also served as an Environmental Quality Control Field Engineer on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline project, one of the United States’ first large-scale infrastructure projects to employ serious conservation measures. Jeff’s deep connection to the environment informs our most site sensitive projects, including recent work in the Tahoe Basin and the Presidio of San Francisco.
Jeff has established a number of beachheads with the goal of advancing sustainable, forward-leaning design. Before helping found WRNS Studio in 2005, he helped establish new offices throughout California for Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz and Chong Partners Architecture. More recently he started WRNS Studio’s new office in Honolulu, helping land a commission to develop sustainable design guidelines for all public schools in Hawaii. Jeff remains at his core, an idealist, resolute in his conviction that architecture can — and should — have a profound and positive impact on place and people.
Jeff studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and earned his Master of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis.