Thursday, February 15, 2018

UC Riverside Barn Expansion Project

Here's a first look at the Barn Expansion project, a dining and performance venue that we're designing at UC Riverside.  

At the heart of the Barn Expansion project is the Barn Dining building, a 1916 horse stable from UCR’s days as a Citrus Experiment Station. The Barn was subsequently turned into a dining hall with a performance stage in the 1950’s; the current project undertakes an extensive renovation and modernization of the building, including an expansion for a commercial kitchen. The existing Barn Theater building will be rebuilt.  A new Faculty / Staff Dining building (barn-like in form, but contemporary in material detailing) will reinforce the site’s identity as a dining hub. A new outdoor performance venue will be bracketed between the Barn Dining and the Faculty / Staff dining building, and will serve as outdoor dining space when not in concert-mode.  A Ticketing Tower with a glowing lantern-like feature will define the east entrance, serving as a marker for the site along with a proposed future “Barn Walk."  The materials, forms, and landscape of this project are meant to reinforce the agrarian heritage of the site while also introducing a contemporary design language. The project is a collaboration with SVA Architects, with Fernau & Hartman acting as the Design Architect.  

Barn Dining building, a 1916 horse stable which was subsequently turned into a dining hall with a performance stage in the 1950’s. Historical photo above, rendering below.
Ticketing tower that defines the east site entrance

Perspective from the stage, looking towards the rebuilt Barn Theater

Faculty/Staff Dining building, from perimeter of the site

Northwest site entry, looking towards Barn Dining, with Barn Theater at left and Faculty Staff Dining at right

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

We're hiring - Come join our team!

Photo credit: Richard Barnes

Fernau + Hartman Architects is currently hiring for: Designer with 2-5 years experience

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.

Find out more about our firm at

Qualifications and experience:

·      2-5 years of work experience in architecture
·      Detail-oriented with strong design skills
·      Excellent organizational and communication skills
·      Familiarity with Revit; fluency preferred
·      Collaborative team player who is willing to assist where needed
·      Thoughtful, attentive, and well-spoken in written and verbal communications
·      Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and MS Office
·      Sense of humor is a plus!

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

Friday, December 15, 2017

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

Richard's good friend, Eric Thiermann, kindly recorded and put together a video of Richard's lecture at UCSC last month.

Eric is the founder and director of Impact Creative. Check out Impact Creative's website here:

Many thanks to Eric, and we hope that friends and who were not able to join us, enjoy the video at the link below:

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