Javier Arizmendi


Principal - Design

San Francisco


Javier Arizmendi先生为SOM旧金山办公室的设计总监。他的各类作品见于美国、亚洲和拉美等地。自1994年加入SOM以来,Arizmendi先生参与了各种类型项目的设计工作,从教学、科技建筑到公共和市政机构、综合功能高层建筑、以及交通运输设施均有涉及。


Practicing globally is not about finding a single solution that works everywhere. Enduring architecture comes from a scientific understanding of the particular opportunities and challenges of each place–the specific landscape, built environment, and material and social culture.

Javier’s work includes a variety of project types, from academic, science, and technology buildings to public and civic institutions, mixed-use high-rises, and transportation facilities. He has developed expertise in diplomatic and civic architecture, with an affinity for designing the kind of public spaces where we can feel secure and in touch with our shared humanity. 

A lifelong artist, Javier possesses a profound understanding of the conditions that inspire comfort, attachment, and nostalgia, and he is able to sensitively generate new conditions and possibilities through skillful abstraction. He applies insights from his painting practice, such as the careful study of light and space, in his architectural work.

As a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, Javier encourages students to develop a similar depth of practice. He asks them not to privilege sight but to value all of their senses, allowing feeling and listening to be the foundation for haptic and acoustic design. Mentoring the next generation of globally-minded architects has long been important to Javier, who has established internship programs at SOM in partnership with Universities in Chile, Argentina, and Mexico.