INTERVIEW WITH JEFF KING & CO • July, 2018
Highlights from David's recent interview with the wonderful team at Jeff King & Co. Construction:
CLEARLY YOU'RE AN ACCOMPLISHED ARCHITECT, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE THIS AS A CAREER?
I grew up in a town in New England surrounded by colonial-era buildings. Looking back, I remember being drawn to the historic homes and churches I saw, so much so that I chose to do a survey of saltbox style homes for a fifth-grade project on our town’s history. In high school, I took drafting as an elective, which taught me the foundational aspect of architectural drawing. Once in college, I first decided to major in historic preservation but broadened that to architecture during my first year. Today, my professional career reflects all of these points along my path.
THAT MAY HELP EXPLAIN WHY CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE FEATURES SO STRONGLY IN YOUR DESIGNS.
WHAT DO YOU FIND INTERESTING ABOUT IT?
I enjoy the rigor of classical design principles. Generally, I look to establish rational organizations, axial relationships and proper proportions in my work, whether applied to a traditional or modern design. Our portfolio includes a broad range of projects, from historic to modern, that feature this set of core ideas.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN INTEGRITY FOR THE HISTORY OF A PARTICULAR HOUSE OR NEIGHBORHOOD IN YOUR WORK?A core value of our firm is to steward our area’s rich architectural and cultural history while creating spaces that support how we live today. For each project, we study the patterns of the surrounding houses, neighborhoods, and region and find inspiration for the new design’s forms, material selection, etc. Whether a project is traditional, modern or somewhere between, our goal is to create an enduring design that meets the needs of our client while creating a dialogue between the past and present.
FROM OUR STANDPOINT, HAVING WORKED WITH YOU, YOU WORK AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL, NOT ONLY IN YOUR DESIGNS, BUT ALSO IN YOUR DOCUMENTATION. IN YOUR VIEW, WHAT CONSTITUTES A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH A CONTRACTOR?
This might seem obvious, but I think the foundation for a successful collaboration between architect and contractor is when each focuses on what they do best. In this era of abundant work, too many architects seem to be issuing sets of drawings that are thin on detail, leaving the contractors to fill in the blanks and, in essence, complete their work. We take great pride in proper documentation so that the contractor can focus on execution.
ARE THERE ANY TRENDS IN ARCHITECTURE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE GO BY THE WAYSIDE?
The senseless gutting of old houses in San Francisco—removing all of the walls—is a sad trend. It’s essentially trying to turn a traditional house into something it’s not. The result is usually a house that’s less than the sum of its parts, degrading the cultural legacy of the City in the process.
READ DAVID'S FULL INTERVIEW HERE...
SUBZERO|WOLF KITCHEN DESIGN AWARD WINNER • September, 2017
We’re proud to have been chosen a global winner out of more than 1,500 entries from 24 countries worldwide! 25 finalists from 7 countries came together at the famous Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, where DAA Principal David Armour and Project Architect Scott Schneider accepted the honor of 2nd Place Transitional Kitchen 2015-16 for our project “Contemporary Edwardian”. A very warm thank you to SubZero|Wolf and their judges for recognizing our work.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: This 6,500 square foot home was designed for a family with a rich tradition of multigenerational living, creating unique challenges for a vertically-oriented urban row house. Paramount to our work was understanding all facets of the family’s daily life in order to structure the home’s flow and design to respond to them in thoughtful ways. Instead of a simple in-law space, we designed an entire 2nd master suite so that the grandparents would feel completely at home and appropriately honored; for the rest of the active family: a garden with outdoor fireplace and putting green; rooftop hot tub; and music and movie rooms on the ground floor.
THE WINNING KITCHEN: foremost a stunning entertaining space equipped for elaborate food preparation (the owners are in the food industry), the kitchen also had to meet the needs of 3 generations, factoring in everything from schoolwork to booster seats to grandparent mobility. The client sought beauty and light throughout, with a direct connection to the outdoors. Due to site and zoning limitations, the rear-facing space available for a kitchen was narrow at just 25 feet, so we turned the footprint sideways and annexed space behind the garden setback to add a generously sized breakfast room looking out on a side terrace. With the kitchen on the second floor, we used folding doors to the two outdoor terraces to connect indoors to out and provide views of the garden. ...READ MORE about the awards: SubZero|Wolf KDC
SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE MAGAZINE • May, 2017
David Armour Architecture was pleased to support the San Francisco Decorator Showcase again this 40th anniversary year, joining with the city’s fine design, architecture & real estate communities to raise funds for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program (www.sfuhs.org). 32 interior and landscape design firms were selected to transform spaces within the 11,000-square-foot mansion at 2698 Pacific Street into a design of their choosing. The 1904 home, originally by Newsom & Newsom, boasts a spectacular circular portico with white marble steps and a grand, elegant foyer leading to an oversized oak stair with a vintage stained glass skylight. With its intricate crown moldings, elaborately detailed plaster ceilings, richly crafted paneling and timeless floorpan, this home embodies the values that our firm holds dear. We hope everyone got to see it!
All funds raised through Showcase support the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.
VIEW PHOTOS of the 2017 house: dwell: a peek inside!
OUR FAVORITE: don't miss Bibliotheek ("library" in Dutch) by fab designer Martin Kobus: Dutch Master at SF Showcase