Newsletter | Mar/Apr 2002

Member Interview - Joy Ohashi
by ricia Felber

Architect Joy Ohashi has been at her firm, Ohashi Design Studio, for fifteen years. She and her husband Alan, also an Architect, collaborate on architecture and furniture design. Their furniture designs, primarily wood, with some upholstery, are made in Japan for Conde House, and can be seen at Showplace Square at the Design Center in San Francisco. Furniture comprises about ten percent of their work and the rest is architecture and interior design.

She and her husband have recently finished the design of a new house in Berkeley, which explores a variety of materials including corrugated siding, concrete, stucco, and teak wood. Joy incorporated a Japanese style veranda that runs the width of the house, facing the primary view from the property and overlooking the walled in garden courtyard.

Another project of Ohashi's that is currently under construction is an extensive remodel of a three-story house in San Francisco. Design features in the new interior include a double height space at the entry that is bisected by an angled, glass floored, steel bridge.

Joy has won an award from N.A.R.I., National Association of Remodeling, for her first retail renovation and was most recently published in San Francisco Magazine's April 2001 issue. This past fall she was on the panel of Designers at the San Francisco Design Center who showed their work and spoke at a fundraising benefit at the Galleria in downtown San Francisco.

Joy has indicated that she would be interested in being involved in an OWA Mentoring Program. She also finds the networking and referral aspects of participating in OWA beneficial.

Editor's Note: You may have noticed repeated questions to interviewees regarding interest in mentoring. The Steering Committee has been considering the possibility of setting up a mentoring program for students and younger professionals for some time. Please contact Tricia Felber if you would be interested in such a program.

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