David Jaehning Architect is an architecture practice based in San Francisco. The work of the studio is based on design research focused on material, construction, efficiency, and matters of perception as they contribute to the discipline of architecture. Our portfolio of work contains several projects that are precisely considered and detailed for their client, location, and the contemporary moment.
Investigations in construction methods lead us to look for new material possibilities. Pushing the efficiency and performance of materials indicate certain forms are appropriate. We search for an art of construction.
In practice, we understand the challenges of constructing a project, and that successful projects are those that build bridges and unify all members involved in the design process: the client, community, design team, and contractor. Our role, as architects, is also outward facing in order to connect studio practice to the urgencies of the profession. We must position ourselves in the world, not merely produce objects in isolation. When one develops an attitude about our present condition and the future of society, one sees how the study of architectural language is shaped and influenced by its socio-political, environmental, and economic forces. This choice is not arbitrary or individualistic, but rather part of a greater cultural endeavor.
Each collaborator that enters our orbit is asked to envision the materialization of the project, to consider the labor involved, and to understand the complexities and present concerns of the built environment. It is from within the discipline, through specific works, that the precision and power of architecture can positively influence society. The culture of our practice and those that work with us embrace the unique opportunity to be the leaders of a paradigm shift in materials and the built environment.