Founding partner Janet Tam’s background includes the design of a diverse and extensive range of building types and the coordination of complex academic, public, and institutional projects. Janet is a registered architect with more than 30 years of experience. Her work on the assessment, planning, and design of community/recreational centers, youth centers, civic centers, and university and community colleges comes from a deep belief that “architectural projects are not ours, but belong to the members of the community who will use and shape them over time.” Janet’s design for the LEED® Platinum YMCA-PG&E Teen Center in downtown Berkeley received an Energy + Sustainability award from the San Francisco AIA. She is deeply engaged in and is a proponent of the participatory process for public architecture. She hopes to leave a legacy of public buildings that are a source of civic pride.