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

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.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

1908 Shattuck Wins Berkeley Design Advocates Award

We are excited and honored to announce that 1908 Shattuck is one of seven projects to receive the 12th Biennial BDA Design Award! 

In the spirit of this award, please enjoy this animation (courtesy of Tipping Structural Engineers) of the engineering behind this structure and the base isolators in action:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Now Hiring: Studio Manager Position


Bright, energetic person sought for full-time Studio Manager position at Fernau & Hartman! This position is ideal for someone with a liberal arts degree who is investigating the field of architecture and design prior to further studies. The job is an excellent opportunity for learning how a small firm works and the day-to-day operations of the profession.

As an integral role in a small firm, this position is broad and demands flexibility. We are looking for strong multi-tasking, time management, organizational and communication skills, combined with the ability to learn quickly and collaborate with different people on a daily basis. Visual adeptness, keen attention to detail, and ability to write well are a must.  Your responsibilities will evolve based on the needs of the office, primarily including the following:

Administrative Assistant / Office Management – Assisting principals with day-to-day tasks, working with the bookkeeper on billing and invoices, troubleshooting office computers and other devices, and general office tasks and management—answering phones, ordering supplies, sending things out, filing, scheduling, running errands, etc. (Occasionally the errands require a car; the ability to drive, while not required, is helpful, as is owning a car).

Business Development / Public Relations – Working closely with principals on layout, photography selection and writing for proposals and qualification submissions for larger jobs, awards, and press; facilitating office prep and presentations for interviews with potential clients or publications; website and online media upkeep.

Architectural Assistant – Occasional help with job organization and administration, model-making, product and site research, producing reports, participation in programming and early concept design phases or job start-up.

We use a Mac-based platform with some cloud-based applications. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is essential. Knowledge of graphics programs (Adobe InDesign and Photoshop) is a plus.

The minimum commitment for the position is one year but we are eager to hire someone interested in a longer-term commitment. The position begins in March 2017.

Please email a resume, with work samples if applicable, to Trenton Inoue at

Friday, January 6, 2017

Hay Barn wins 2017 WoodWorks Regional Excellence Award

We are honored to announce that the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn has won the 2017 WoodWorks Regional Excellence Award! This means the Hay Barn will be featured on the WoodWorks gallery website, in a video used in symposiums around the country, and in the book "Celebrating Excellence in Wood Architecture 2016-2017."
Not a bad way to kick off 2017 - we hope you all have an award-winning year as well.