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Designing with Functionality Architecture plays an important role in our lives. The physical infrastructure is something that we are confronted with every day. We share an apartment or a house with our family and if we are lucky, we are able to have our own bedroom to feel safe and explore the world from. We receive our education in buildings specifically designed to support learning and receive health exams in …Read More

Napa County Re-Entry Facility

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Napa County Re-Entry project occurred with pomp and circumstance on Friday, February 1st and included the Chief of Probation, Chief of Corrections, Members of the Napa County Board of Supervisors, as well as distinguished members of the State and Federal Legislature. This facility establishes Napa County as a national leader in criminal justice reform. The program will be jointly run by Napa’s Departments of Corrections …Read More

A Tale of Two Clinics

Nacht & Lewis has been working with UCSF since 2003. In our 15-year relationship we’ve had the privilege of working on three significant healthcare programs that needed to be moved from the Parnassus campus over to the new campus in Mission Bay. The projects include the complete design services for the Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging for the Department of Radiology (60,000 SF); the Orthopedic Institute for the Department …Read More

Leonard F. Starks and His Watercolors

Leonard F. Starks was the original founder of Nacht & Lewis in 1922. Here’s a brief spotlight on our founder and his love for watercolor painting.  As one of the leading architects in Sacramento throughout the 1920’s, up until his retirement in 1965, Leonard F. Starks’ work on Sacramento’s historical skyline is well-known and celebrated across the Capitol Region. Mr. Starks’ name is synonymous with thoughtfully designed, functional structures that …Read More

January 2018 Staff Promotions

Congratulations are in order for our staff members who received promotions this month. Well done all!  DeAnn Splinter – Senior Project Manager, Associate Principal Eric Sifuentes – Senior Project Coordinator, Associate Eric Tien – Senior Project Coordinator, Associate Julie Bettencourt – Senior Project Coordinator Yesenia Watkins – Senior Design Technician II

Travel Blog: Healthcare Synposium 2017

I was invited by Walt Vernon of Mazzetti to participate in a special focus group in collaboration with Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) and the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) entitled “Reimagining the ED” to be held at the Healthcare Symposium in Austin, Texas. On an annual-basis, I typically attend one major national Healthcare Conference to keep up with national trends in healthcare, network with clients and contemporaries and other market partners. Additionally, my healthcare design team has done several significant ED …Read More

Core Values Series: Cultivate Optimism

In the final edition of our Core Values Series, we asked our staff what “Cultivate Optimism“ means to them (including some gardening metaphors): The way to cultivate optimism is to meticulously prepare the ground with discipline, plant the kernel of an idea, remove the seeds of doubt, feed and water with attention and trust you will grow, regardless of the result. Cultivating optimism in architecture encourages breakthroughs in design because …Read More

Core Values Series: Guided By Integrity

In this edition of our Core Values Series, we asked our staff what “Guided by Integrity“ means to them. Doing the right thing . . . even if it means swallowing your pride and admitting you were wrong. Guided by Integrity. . . How we treat and respect others and honor Nacht & Lewis’ legacy as that was the value held in highest regard by Daniel Nacht, FAIA Doing the …Read More

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Blog post written by George Hubert, Nacht & Lewis Project Architect With few exceptions, humans are social creatures. For this reason, teamwork, like community, is among those concepts that we intuitively link to happiness and success. If we are lucky, teamwork is a regular occurrence in our work and personal lives. In the 18 months that I’ve been at Nacht & Lewis, I’ve been very fortunate in this regard. But that’s no accident …Read More

What Do Architects Do?

Curious what architects do? Here is a simple breakdown from company President Mike Parrott, AIA: Architects have a saying that we will “give you the plans for free”. However, plans are only a small part of the overall service provided by architects. In the simplest form, architects design buildings. Design is defined as, “a process that ends in a solution”. The solution is what the client wants, and is actually …Read More

Get to Know the President : Mike Parrott, AIA

Who in Architecture do you admire? Why? My favorite architect is Santiago Calatrava. He is both an artist and a structural engineer which makes his projects very expressive. What companies do you admire? Why? I like Clif Bar. The owner had an opportunity to sell the business to a big company and chose not to. He felt he hadn’t done all he wanted to do with the company. That there …Read More

Core Values Series: Empower the Team

In our third month of our Core Values Series, we ask our staff what our core value, “Empower the Team”, means to them. Asking each staff member about Nacht & Lewis’ core values has been so interesting and eye opening in seeing how differently each value can be interpreted person to person. You learn a lot about your teammates from this exercise and it really is conducive to working with each …Read More

California Education: Prop 51

The Kindergarten Through Community College Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2016, or Proposition 51, is a really big name for, “Let’s help better educate our kids”! On November 8, 2016, California voters will be faced with the decision to support a State-wide facility bond to continue funding the construction and modernization of K-12 and Community College projects throughout the State. Proposition 51 will provide $9 billion to fund school …Read More

Core Values Series: Deliver Excellence

Last month, we started the “Core Values Series” where our staff shared what designing thoughtfully means to them. This month we hope to inspire you to go beyond good quality and acceptable products, into delivering excellence in everything you do. Here’s our take on our next core value, delivering excellence: -Delivering excellence is not just providing quality work; it’s the continued effort our team makes to improve our services, designs, …Read More

Exciting Changes on Our Horizon

Nacht & Lewis has always taken great pride in the work we have done, valued the many clients we have had the pleasure to serve, appreciated the contributions of those who have worked here and will continue to do our part to help shape the Sacramento landscape and community for the better. Our Future President, Michael Parrott Since joining the firm in 1996, Michael has worked on projects in the …Read More