Who We Are

F36 is an Oakland-based design studio founded by Arlene Lee and Chip Minnick. The studio opened in 2008 and was built on humble recession-era work that has led to more complex projects and finer design work. F36 is rooted in single-family residential work, with the exception of an occasional small-scale commercial project.

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The partners met while in the Master’s program at SCI-Arc (Southern California Institute of Architecture.) Arlene did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan; Chip came from Boston Architectural College. Arlene came to F36 with considerable restaurant experience and worked as a designer on the fashionable downtown Los Angeles hotel, The Standard. Chip worked as a designer on MIT’s Stata Center while at Frank O. Gehry and Associates before joining a residential firm that brought him to the Bay Area. Prior to F36 Arlene spent seven years as a designer and project manager at Peterson Architects; Chip was an associate at Schwartz and Architecture. Chip currently teaches design studios at California College of the Arts and the Academy of Art. Both provide design consulting services to an array of local architecture offices.

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