Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Improvisations on the Land: Cowell Ranch Hay Barn Reinvented. A conversation with Richard Fernau.

Please join us for a special evening presentation on November 8th by Richard Fernau at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Richard will be speaking about F+H’s rehabilitation / reinvention of the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn in the context of his recently published book “Improvisations on Land: the Houses of Fernau+Hartman."

A reception will take place from 6PM to 7 PM, and the presentation will begin at 7PM in the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn.

The 150-year-old Hay Barn at UC Santa Cruz reopened in September 2015, following an extensive renovation funded by a major gift from Helen and Will Webster Foundation, with design work by Fernau + Hartman Architects. Located adjacent to the campus' 30-acre organic farm, the Hay Barn now serves as the headquarters for the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) and a gateway to the South Campus area, as well as a space for classes, workshops, and campus and community events.

The renovation of the Hay Barn has received multiple architectural awards: a 2017 California Preservation Design Award in Rehabilitation; a 2017 Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions for Adaptive Reuse from the Society for College and University Planning; a 2017 U.S. WoodWorks Regional Excellence Award, and a 2016 Excellence in Design Honor Award from American Institute of Architects Montana. The AIA Montana award noted the "exhaustive documentation, piece-by-piece deconstruction, painstaking reassembly of the historic structure by weaving together new and old elements, and the incorporation of the contemporary program. As home to one of the university's most progressive programs, the Hay Barn is both an emblem of the campus' origins and a reassertion of its commitment to innovation."

The free event is last in the UCSC Farm & Garden's 50th Anniversary Book and Film Series, and is sponsored by the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems. Free parking will be available at the Hay Barn and in the Carriage House. For more information and to RSVP, call 831-459-2339 or send email to

Friday, August 4, 2017

Laura Hartman Art Exhibition: "Reading Materials"

Laura Hartman will be having her artwork exhibited from September 7th to November 4th at 871 Fine Arts, 20th Hawthorne St., San Francisco,  CA 94105. Come join us for the opening reception on September 9th, 5 - 7 pm! Here's a sneak peek below:

 Good Stamp, 2017, 7.25" x 10". Paper, metal, cloth, leather, asphalt on wood.

11/21/17 Update: The exhibit has been extended until November 30th. 

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Wood Design Awards Video

 2017 WoodWorks Award Winners

As part of their 2017 Awards, WoodWorks has just released a video featuring this year's award winners including Fernau & Hartman, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Studio Gang, Lake Flato, and Gensler.   Cowell Ranch Hay Barn is featured @ 20:50.

2017 Wood Design Awards Video

Keep an eye out for the upcoming awards book due out in October! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

We're Hiring!

Fernau + Hartman Architects is currently hiring for: Designer with 3-7 yrs experience

Hiring description:

We are looking for people with strong design, detailing, production, experience, as well as excellent project management skills. Interested candidates need to be collaborative, good-humored, detailed-oriented, and hard-working, with excellent communication skills. Familiarity with Revit and with wood-frame construction is essential.

Please send cover letter, resume, and work samples via email to:

Our practice:

Fernau + Hartman Architects is an award-winning design firm with a highly collaborative practice. Our work combines a sensitivity to historical and vernacular buildings with formal architectural innovation, a special concern for landscape and interiors and great attention to material detailing and sustainable practices. Fernau + Hartman is committed to working at a variety of scales - from furniture and interiors, to residential, commercial and institutional buildings. We are a firm that emphasizes mentoring, and we are a fairly small close-knit office with an open, informal, studio work environment.