The AIA recently published a profile of a/e ProNet client Mark Cavagnero Associates of San Francisco, CA. This year alone, this highly acclaimed firm has received the AIA California Council Firm Award, the Contract Interiors Award for Historic Restoration (UC Berkeley Durant Hall), and the IIDA Northern California Chapter Merit Award (East Bay Center for the Performing Arts). A full list of Cavagneros projects, clients, and awards can be found here.
The following is an excerpt of the AIA article entitled Mark Cavagnero, FAIA: Growing Big Ideas:
In 28 years of architectural practice, Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, has come to realize that his job is to give words and meaning to this voice that communicate ideas about clients, organizations, and communities… Cavagnero works mainly with public nonprofits and what he refers to as other “nonprofit-like” institutions. In addition to government clients at the city, state, and federal level, his firm works with cultural and educational institutions such as the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum of California, and the California Film Institute. Not surprisingly, when asked to distill key lessons from his years of practice, his thoughts immediately drift to concept and vision. Cavagnero has learned that it takes patience, active involvement, leadership, and a broad, generous understanding of function to execute a big idea, whether for a nationally recognized museum or a small community pool.
According to the company bio, “Mark Cavagnero Associates’ design process begins with a careful investigation of the client’s goals and the project site… The firm welcomes the constraints of program, site, and budget as frameworks within which to create engaging architectural spaces. It is in the focused response to these project elements that the essential character of each project finds its voice. The purity of response—in form, material, and relationship to light and context—is always the firm’s goal.” To read more about Mark Cavagnero Associates, visit the firm’s website.
We applaud this recognition of Cavagnero as an architect who champions the broader ideals of his field, and we urge everyone to read the full profile here.