We design architecture to improve the quality of life at a daily, personal level, foster productivity, and thereby enhance the communities we live, work, and play in. To meet the needs of our client's vision, we anticipate and adjust, re-evaluate and respond. We see good design as an impactful, transformational result stemming from intense collaboration, communication, and creativity. Inclusive design is good design.

 
 
 
 
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Client Focused

Projects are designed for people, so we emphasize dialogue throughout all project phases. Our relationship with our clients is built upon a collaborative process which aims to develop solutions sensitive to a project's aesthetic, operational, and fiscal needs.

 
 
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process driven

Designing for the needs of tomorrow, we anticipate industry evolution, determine spatial balances, plan for efficiency, and distill options. We work on complex projects, but we do not design complicated spaces. 

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Team of specialists

Project planning is the practice of assessing talent and building teams. Every building is unique and so are the people who create them. We know that not one of us holds all the answers in this interdisciplinary practice, so we bring together teams of specialists to generate the optimal solution. 

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Backed By Expertise

Expertise is acquired through experience and research. Considering our prior work and examining the works of others provides a knowledge base for developing solutions-based thinking. Expertise is active. It is fostered through a desire for betterment and passion for solving problems.

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INNOVATION

We foster a culture of innovation by encouraging creative minds to explore ideas using solutions-based thinking, understanding that the process to innovate is collaborative in both effort and expertise.

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Integrated Solutions

We deliver solutions with the knowledge that they are responses to multiple, inter-related entities which may include business operations, industry standards, patterns of use, projections, and best management practices.

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Sustainability

The projects we manage for our clients are designed to provide places to enhance our humanity and to preserve our planet's natural resources for future generations.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

 
 
[FCA has] become one of my quiet heroes. Their firm embodies the highest qualities of an architect, who has structured their whole career and firm to take full responsibility of the ‘art of building’ in the service of the client. It is a model that contradicts every negative stereotype of the architect and is a model for the profession.
— Harrison Fraker, FAIA, Former Dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley
 
 
 
 

Our work requires us to master a language which is both dimensional and sensory; requiring proficiency in all forms imaginable. Our services in architecture, interior design, and planning continue to produce a range of projects spanning multiple industries with a commitment to excellence through design, collaboration, and sustainable practices.

 

 
 
 
 
 

History

In 1982, founding partners David Fong and Chiu Lin Tse-Chan established Fong & Chan Architects with four founding principles: create great architecture, serve the client, give back to the community, and raise the status of the architect in society. The firm's first commission was for the San Francisco International Airport, a $150 million project consisting of master planning, preliminary design, schematic design, design guidelines, and cost estimating. The success of this project paved the way for other leading projects at FCA, exemplifying the rewards of hard work, quality services, and enduring patience.

 
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Mentorship

Our senior staff upholds the firm's belief in fostering the professional growth of well-rounded young professionals. We ensure that our junior staff are fully immersed in all practice aspects, from preliminary design to project closeout. Principals communicate directly with junior staff to reinforce the practice of peer-to-peer working relationships. The office also supports accreditation testing, licensing exams, and continuing education.

 
 
 
 

Culture

The office environment that we provide is inclusive and encourages both collaboration and comradery. Professional and personal interests extend beyond what we do, and the sharing of our diverse perspectives and experiences is part of our office culture. This occurs during weekly breakfast presentations, monthly happy hours, regular Lunch & Learn seminars, and the typical desk gatherings. We operate as a business, but function as a family.

 
 
 
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FCA holds careers for those truly seeking to learn for a lifetime, employing talented individuals who have a commitment to grow in the professional community and to contribute towards team-oriented design. Our approach to project management allows you to gain exposure to a variety of project facets. Our staff appreciates the practice of architecture while acquiring proficiency in all its forms.

At FCA, rewards are beyond the satisfaction received from working on the industry-changing projects that we spearhead. Our compensation package includes performance reviews and bi-annual bonus opportunities. We offer competitive benefits that recognize the value and service of our employees. Below is a brief list of the benefits we provide to ensure the talent we employ can perpetuate the unparalleled quality of services we offer.

  • Life, medical, dental, vision insurance
  • Matching 401 (k) employee retirement plan
  • Flexible work/life balance
  • Paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid membership dues for the National Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
  • Public transit commuter benefits / in-house parking / bicycle parking
  • In-house gym and shower
  • Reimbursement for select exams and continuing education
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Acupressure Therapy Sessions
  • Child/pet friendly

Every year, we provide opportunities for interns from domestically and internationally-acclaimed schools of architecture and design to join use and learn the practice in a fully-immersed setting. We provide a path to career growth within the firm. Interns who have worked with us have often continued their career at FCA, advancing to levels of associate and principal.

Whether you are a student, a recent graduate, or simply hold an interest in becoming part of our team, we would like to hear from you. Contact us for open opportunities, or send in your resume and cover letter, and schedule an appointment with us.

 
 
 

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