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Veverka Architects

Profile of the American architecture firm Veverka Architects founded by Jerry Veverka.

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Profile of Veverka Architects

Business Name
Veverka Architects
United States

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Jerry Veverka

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Johanna Forman

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Noa Younse


Jerry Veverka (1941)

  • B. Architecture, University of Illinois, 1963
  • M Architecture, University of California, 1976

Johanna Forman (1959)

  • BA Degree, Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University, 1982
  • M Architecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

Noa Younse (1982)

  • B. Architecture, California Polytechnic State University, 2007


We enjoy what we are doing and believe that work should be satisfying - "think of work as play with purpose".

Our buildings do not all look alike. They look different because their owners are different. Each new project is a new design problem - and we enjoy that! What unifies our design work is not style, but quality and a reflection of the clients' needs and personalities.

We rarely have a preconceived design solution or single style to promote for a project. Our experience has taught us how to use an organized and rational design process to identify the best solutions. Our intention is that the signature of our work is design excellence rather than a particular "look". Our work tends to be contemporary, for our times, and simple rather than cluttered.

We are service-oriented but we know it is not enough to merely satisfy the clients' needs. We must offer more than what our clients think they want. As architects we bring to the project team uniquely the ingredients of aesthetics and design, which when added to the clients' needs total a complete and satisfying project.

"A good building relates to its time and place. A great building not only relates to its context, it has presence. It stands tall and sure of itself without slouching or squirming to please.

Architecture must also be intelligent - a building should have enough content, independent of its formal and spatial richness, that it can be "read". But intelligence alone is not sufficient; architecture must contain elements of poetry - ideal is a building that reveals something about its content in a poetic manner."


  • Founded: 1985
  • Offices: 1
  • Design team: 3

Key projects

  • Cow Hollow Residence, Single Family House, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2006
  • Noe Valley Residence, Single Family House, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2007
  • Kells Restaurant, Adaptive Reuse/Vertical Addition/Seismic Upgrade, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2000
  • 1440 Van Ness, Adaptive Reuse/Seismic Upgrade, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2002
  • Belvedere Island Residence, Single Family House, Belvedere, CA, USA, 2004
  • Dermatology Suite, Medical Offices, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2008
  • Elsie Street Residence, Single Family House, San Francisco, CA, USA, 1989

Key publications

  • San Francisco Houses, Elsie Street Residence + Zircon Place Residence, teNeues Publisher, 2003
  • House Colors - pages 106 + 190, Susan Hershman, author, Gibbs Smith, publisher, 2007
  • Dream Apartments, Taschen Books, 2005
  • Vivienda Decoracion - pages 22 + 40, November 2002
  • Image Magazine - page 7, October 1989
  • Sunset Magazine - page 72, October 2005
  • Architecture Magazine - page 64, October 1989
  • Big Ideas for Small Spaces, Sunset Books, 2006
  • Before and After - page 134, Sunset Books, 2006

Key awards

  • American Wood Council Awards Program
  • Bay Guardian Conceptual Art Competition

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