Form4 Architecture Names New Principal

James Tefend, AIA, Promoted to Principal at Bay Area Firm

SAN FRANCISCO: Form4 Architecture announces the promotion of James Tefend, AIA, to principal. Form4—whose additional leadership team comprises principals Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, and Paul Ferro, AIA—is known for its innovative and thoughtful buildings and interiors for global technology companies, mixed-use developments, educational campuses, and cultural institutions.


Tefend joined Form4 in 1999, as project architect/manager, and was associate principal prior to being named principal. “For 17 years, James has contributed to the success of Form4 Architecture,” said Giannini, citing Tefend’s skills in comprehensive building code, planning, and site utilization strategies, as well as construction drawing and construction implementation for new building and renovation/adaptation projects. “James is a great partner with our clients, moving fast when they need us to move fast, and is always resourceful and accessible,” continued Giannini. “He performs a miracle a day.”

Tefend’s wide ranging specialties include corporate office campuses, commercial retail centers, educational facilities, libraries, municipal transportation centers, fitness resorts, and places of worship. Signature projects include the Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara (CA) University, The Bay Club in Cupertino, Pacific Athletic Club in San Diego, VMware in Palo Alto, and Netflix in Los Gatos. A graduate with a BA in Architecture from Washington University, St. Louis, Tefend earned a Master of Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of the International Code Council.

About Form4 Architecture
Form4 Architecture believes architecture is the art of giving form to ideas. The award-winning firm specializes in creating environments—whether for tech offices, mixed-use developments, or residences—that respond as equally to the topography of a site, as they do to the people they serve. Form4 creates formal expressions that are not only poetically moving and conceptually thoughtful, but also reflective of the client’s values and goals. As collaborative partners in the design process, the principals of Form4 Architecture—Robert J. Giannini, John Marx, AIA, Paul Ferro, AIA, and James Tefend, AIA—are personally involved with every project from concept to completion, bringing the collective wealth of years of expertise and knowledge to each client’s vision. Since 1999, the firm has built a rich portfolio of award-winning work for national and international clients within diverse market sectors.

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