This year, the City of Piedmont presented Jarvis Architects with the Piedmont Design Award for Excellent Multi-Family Development. Jarvis Architects and developer Ron Kriss were awarded for design of Piedmont Collection Townhomes on Linda Avenue.
In May 2015, Jarvis Architects won a Preservation Award from the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association for our work on the William Bunker House in Berkeley. The Claremont home, located on Parkside Drive, was noted at the awards ceremony for its exemplary exterior renovation. Architects Robin Pennell and Lisa Trujillo collaborated with contractor Columba Duffy and the homeowners to cast this Craftsman bungalow in a contemporary light.
The remodel, restoration and addition kept all of the old and wonderful aspects of the home–such as its original diamond double hung windows–while dispensing with many timeworn formalities–such as the matrix of closed rooms and narrow hallways that comprised its floor plan. Light-filled and open, the updated home provides the family with an integrated floor plan, allowing for fluid relationships between different spaces. Ultimately, the home feels more ‘original’ and traditional than it has in almost a century, and most authentic to its inhabitants.
The Lamorinda Weekly recently posted an article on the 2011 Orinda Mayors Awards for Excellence in Architecture. The Howard and Susan Warner Remodeling Project designed by Robin and Cindy received one of the awards, and was the featured design in the story. The story, written by Laurie Snyder captured the spirit of the collaborative design process, the project history and the home.
This December Jarvis Architects received a Mayor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture for one of their recent remodel projects in Orinda. It was a real collaboration between the owners Susan and Howard Warner, the builder Kirk Wall of Orinda, and the Jarvis design team of Cindy Chan and Robin Pennell. Once home to exercise legend Jack LaLane, the house had undergone a number of discordant remodels and additions, none of which followed the original mid-century ranch style. With thoughtful input from all members of the design team, the offending work was removed and the plan simplified, creating spaces that flow together seamlessly and naturally while connecting with the spectacular deck, landscape and views.