Noe Valley Residence 2
Jordan Residence
Fritz Cafe
Noe Valley Residence 1
Crystal Jade
Potrero Block X
ReBuild Potrero - In Association with VMWP
Noe Valley Residence 3

Architecture and Interior Design

Y.A. studio


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Y.A. studio is a San Francisco based architectural design studio committed to bringing an innovative and modern approach to design, primarily in the San Francisco Bay and Lake Tahoe areas. As a collective of architects and interior designers with wide-ranging experiences and backgrounds, we bring a unique perspective to the design of homes, offices and restaurants. Whether custom homes or large multi-family developments, our studio excels at providing well-crafted details and engaging experiences.

Y.A. studio was founded around the ideals of social responsibility within architecture; focusing on developing future skilled professionals, serving the under-served and under-housed within our communities, and elevating the social discourse of our built environment while minimizing its impact on the natural environment.

Y.A. studio is an African American owned Architectural firm, registered Certified Minority-Owned San Francisco Local Business Enterprise (LBE), and a Micro Business Enterprise (MBE). We are currently licensed to practice Architecture in California and Nevada.

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Y.A. studio provides full Architectural and Interior Design services from conception to completion.

Martine Paquin, LEED AP, Partner and Director of Interiors at Y.A. studio, is also Principal of Martine Paquin Design, which provides a more focused and specialized service for high-end custom residential Interior Design. This dual role allows for an approach that is tailored specifically to our clients’ needs.

Our services include:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Test fits and programming (commercial TI and residential units)
  • Concept studies (massing studies, area take-offs, bulk and height studies)
  • Full Architectural Services (SD, DD, CD, CA)
  • Interior Architecture (built-ins, fabrications, hard finishes)
  • Interior Design (furniture, soft finishes, colors)
  • Modular housing (factory built modular, panelized)
  • 3D visualization (renderings and animations)
  • Project Specifications / Construction Manual
  • Residential
  • Multi-family
  • 100% Affordable housing
  • Adaptive re-use
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Restaurants and Bars
the studio
Y.A. studio in Association with Mithun



Completion of 2060 Folsom, Plaza Adelante – 127 units of affordable family housing
Completion of Casa de la Mission – 45 units of senior affordable family housing

Ground Breaking of Casa de la Mission – 45 units of affordable senior housing
Design of Under Ramp Park – Neighborhood Park in Transbay Redevelopment Area

Completion of Alice Griffith Block 5 – 31 units of affordable family housing
Completion of Potrero Hill Block X – 73 units of affordable family housing
Completion of Transbay Block 8 – 653 units of housing with 177 of affordable family housing
Completion of Parcel Q – 55 units of affordable family housing
Design of Block B – 160 units of affordable family housing
Groundbreaking of 2060 Folsom – 127 units of affordable family housing

Fall 2018:
Started Mission Bay Block 9, factory-built modular housing for 141 formerly homeless individuals