Jason Dries-Daffner

Operations Director, San Francisco

It was Jason’s interest and studies in Chinese History that catalyzed his interest in architecture. While studying abroad in Taiwan and China, Jason found himself paying more attention to the construction details and display cases in the museums and temples than the contents themselves. His thesis and research on the history of vernacular architecture in Western China was the final step in his bridge into architecture.

Jason’s favorite part of his work is the weaving together of many different systems. As a technical and analytical thinker, his design philosophy relates more the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  As the Director of Operations, Jason thinks more broadly about processes: his belief is that the design thinking process applies to systems, people, staffing, and budgets as much as it does to the physical environment.

When Jason is not contemplating processes–whether that be in the office or in the kitchen at home, prepping the perfect mole or gumbo–he enjoys running, entertaining, and spending time with his wife and daughter.

“The training that we get as architects can apply to operations and management: understanding the group, setting a goal, coming up with a concept, developing a concept prototypes and testing it, that ultimately ends in a design.”