Jensen Architects embraces the complexity of San Francisco as design inspiration

The Bay Area maintains a tight grip on its history. The turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and corner shops that line the streets of San Francisco, in particular, are carefully guarded by historic preservation guidelines that protect the image of the city from the rapid growth of the local tech industry—and, supposedly, the cultural shifts caused by that growth. While some architecture firms might view these guidelines as constraining, the office of Jensen Architects has treated them as productive context for its design practice since its establishment in 1994. “Looking back at what we’ve done in the region,” founder and principal Mark Jensen reflected, “a lot of our work

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