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Peter Pham, Maria Ulloa

With the San Francisco Seawall being considered for retrofitting, ReefScape proposes a solution that creates an interface between people and the ecosystem within the Embarcadero. The modular design creates a porous soft edge along the piers and a habitat for oysters by using novel biomaterials.


Mithila Jagtap, Cristian Laurent

To provide an optimized habitat for mussels in the contaminated waters of the San Francisco Bay, Mussel City creates an exterior modular column that attaches to the legs of the San Francisco piers, a common resting place for the mussels.

Vertical Shore

Joshua Eufinger, Lori Martinez

Vertical Shore seeks to mediate the loss of spawning habitats for the Pacific Herring by creating a vertical system that reinforces the human infrastructure of the San Francisco Bay while creating a bridge between existing beds of eelgrass.


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Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Evan Jones studied architectural history, philosophy, and urbanism at Vassar College. He worked for the City of New York prior to earning a Master of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley, where his final project focused on a full scale permanent exhibit area in the school lobby. This work led to both installation and fabrication work at SFMOMA and MAK museum in Vienna as well as the formation of the design/build firm ASSEMBLY with fellow students. Over the last 23 years the firm’s project types have expanded to include rural master planning projects and urban mixed-use housing.

Evan is currently Adjunct Professor of Architecture at CCA where he has taught integrated advanced studios for the last 12 years. He is a co-founder of the Architectural Ecologies Lab at the California College of the Arts set up to explore how ecological performance can inform novel approaches to architectural form, material assemblies, and manufacturing processes. Within the school, the Buoyant Ecologies studio series has fostered an ongoing collaboration with fabricators and marine biologists to examine architectural innovation at the coastal edge. This studio work has received numerous national student environmental design awards. With co-founders Margaret Ikeda and Adam Marcus, the FloatLab prototype is set to be launched in the coming year in San Francisco Bay and has received a 2018 Architect Magazine R+D Award.


Banner image: Michael D. Beckwith, The Leeds Library