Ignition Architecture is a woman-owned firm passionate about designing bold, imaginative solutions that work hard and stand out. We bring two decades of know-how and award- winning spark to every project — diving in from concept through construction to bring to life modern and sustainable environments that delight. With us, you get a collaborative design process tailor-made to ensure your needs are heard and met. The way we see it, great design has the power to elevate people’s lives. And that’s what we strive to do, one inspired detail at a time.
2017: Best of Houzz Service Award
2013: Golden Nugget Merit Award, Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Best On-The-Boards Mixed Use Project for Mission Bay Block 5 in collaboration with MVE Architects
2013: Small Business Green Powerstar Award, Alameda Municipal Power for Monkey Bars Clothing Store>
2012: Builder's Choice Award of Merit for Affordable Housing Design for Octavia Court, a HUD Section 811 housing project for the developmentally disabled with a gallery and artist studio
2009: National AIA Housing Award for Icon Condominiums *
2008: Builder’s Choice Grand Award in the “Condos for Sale” category from Builder’s Magazine for Icon Condominiums *
2008: Award for Smart Urban Excellence from the Urban Land Institute of San Diego/ Tijuana for Icon Condominiums *
2008: Gold Nugget Award of Merit in the “Best Attached (For Sale) High-Rise Housing Project”category at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference for Icon Condominiums *
2007: First Place in an Independent Housing Competition for the redesign of Octavia Court from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (now OCII), Ignition won the commission for the design of this project, which was the first parcel developed along Octavia Boulevard in Hayes Valley after the freeway was taken down.
2006: First Place in the Residential Architect Magazine Merit Awards for the On the Boards Multi-family Housing category for Octavia Arts
2005: Third Place in the 2005: San Francisco Prize - Octavia Boulevard Housing Design Competition for the Octavia Arts submittal which studied modularity, sustainability and elements of the suburban homes in an urban context
2004: Builder’s Choice Award of Merit from Builder Magazine for Riverwood Place **
2004: Gold Nugget Award of Merit at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for Riverwood Grove & Place **
2003: Gold Nugget Award at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for the Jose Theater **
2002: Gold Nugget Award at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for El Camino Village **
2002: Gold Nugget, Best Affordable Attached Property at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference for Main Street Housing **
2002: Project of the Year from the Merritt Community Capital Corporation for Main Street Housing **
2002: Energy Conservation Merit Award from the San Diego AIA for the Sé Hotel *
2000: Second Prize in the 2000 San Francisco Prize for Harvey Milk Memorial Plaza Design *
* Veronica Hinkley Reck was the project manager/ lead designer for these award-winning projects at Tannerhecht Architecture. For details please visit the individual project page.
** Veronica Hinkley Reck was the project manager/ lead designer for these award-winning projects at BDE. For details please visit the individual project page.
Ignition Architecture is a design-oriented, boutique architecture firm that is small in size and big on creativity. We run on imagination, collaboration and laughter.
Our two offices are conveniently located in San Francisco’s vibrant Dogpatch neighborhood and in the heart of downtown Alameda.
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At Ignition, we’re always interested in meeting talented, creative people with a love of great design and with a strong work ethic.
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