In the summer of 2009, the San Diego Redevelopment Agency (SDRA) issued a request for proposals (RFP) looking for creative proposals for the adaptive reuse of the former JC Penney Building on University Avenue at Ray Street in North Park (the neighborhood North of San Diego’s Balboa Park – its 1,200 acre urban cultural park). […]
About James Tanner
Jim Tanner, AIA, President of TannerHecht Architecture, has practiced architecture in California since 1970. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston in 1968 he moved to San Francisco and founded a sole practice in the Bay Area that has since transformed into TannerHecht Architecture, with offices in San Francisco and San Diego. Founded in 1980, the firm is a multifaceted practice providing a broad array of design services including expertise and specialization in the areas of urban infill, sustainable design, adaptive re-use, and historic renovation. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with more than 60 awards for design quality and innovation including recent awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Urban Land Institute, and the Pacific Coast Builders Conference.
A thirty year proponent of adaptive-reuse and energy efficient design, TannerHecht’s latest achievement is the completion of The Energy Foundation offices at the Bently Reserve, the first LEED CI Platinum project in San Francisco certified by the USGBC.
Mr. Tanner’s projects include mixed-use residential developments and cutting-edge experimental design in locations throughout California and the United States. Selected projects from his more than thirty years of practicing architecture include: ICON, a 327 unit mixed-use residential development in downtown San Diego, the recipient of four awards including the prestigious AIA Housing Award and a Smart Growth Award from the Urban Land Institute; the Sè San Diego Hotel, a model of high-density urban hospitality; El Cortez Hotel historic renovation; San Diego Hall of Champions historical adaptive re-use; 301 Bryant Street Residences, a Redevelopment Agency mixed-use project in San Francisco; and the Dolby Laboratories corporate headquarters building (formerly the San Francisco Diamond and Jewelry Mart).
Mr. Tanner’s success is largely a result of his ability to guide sensitive projects through various planning, building and community agencies. His experience and intuitive sense of design has earned him the respect of the design community world wide including a Hall of Fame honor from the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at the University of Houston. Mr. Tanner is a member of Lambda Alpha International, and the Urban Land Institute. He has served on the Board of the East Village and the Gaslamp Quarter Foundation Association in San Diego. His lectures and works are recognized by awards and publications internationally.