Fougeron Architecture is a nationally recognized design firm whose work exhibits a strong commitment to clarity of thought, design integrity, and quality of architectural detail. The firm's decidedly modernist attitude is the result of founder Anne Fougeron's vision to create a practice dedicated to finding the perfect alignment between architectural idea and built form. Her work can be defined by three basic tenets:
– Architectural space is modulated by the quality and character of natural light, – Innovative use of structure becomes the architectural ornament, and – Exploration into the visual and tactile nature of materials enhances how people engage a building.
Ms. Fougeron's keen interest in crossing disciplinary boundaries has led the firm to develop a collaborative design process that capitalizes on her relationships with craftsmen and artists who are experts in their fields. Contrary to most traditional practices, the firm does not separate between the design and production parts of the work process; preferring to believe that the process of design and innovation must continue through all phases of design and construction. This relentless pursuit of design excellence has won the firm a number of awards and commendations, including a 2008 national AIA award for Tehama Grasshopper loft.
Each project undertaken by the office is an exercise in communicating not only design intent, but also in emotionally affecting those who inhabit them. The office focuses on fewer selected projects and developing intimate relationships with its clients. In so doing, Ms. Fougeron's personal involvement in the design of each project from inception through occupancy is assured. Three senior staff assist her, their technical and managerial expertise assure that each project remains consistent with its stated goals throughout the design and construction process.
The firm's work ranges impressively in scale and type for both private and public sector clients. Fougeron Architecture is committed to non-profit and government organizations through its ongoing work for Planned Parenthood, Mercy Housing, & the San Francisco Public Library. Current projects include health care, commercial and residential work. Residential work encompasses new single-family homes as well as 100 units of affordable housing in San Francisco's Hayes Valley.
Fougeron Architecture is a HRC certified LBE & WBE with a staff of 10, and as such is committed to maintaining a diversified workforce.