Glass Associates, Inc. was established in Berkeley, California in 1979 as Shen/Glass Architects and incorporated in 1989 as Glass Associates, Inc. We offer architectural design, urban design, interior design, and planning services to private, commercial, institutional, and governmental clients.
Glass Associates has undertaken commissions for architectural design, building renovations and rehabilitation, and master planning ranging, in size from small remodelings to projects in excess of $25 million. Building types have included residential, community facilities, educational, corporate, commercial, institutional, industrial and governmental projects. Among our commissions are over fifty projects at three campuses of the University of California.
Our design approach always includes the consideration of Sustainable Architecture, including energy conservation. Our familiarity with these issues predates the current focus on the subject. Principles of energy conservation, active and passive solar systems, the use of renewable resources, the responsible specification of building materials, utilization of daylighting to reduce artificial lighting requirements, natural ventilation, and taking maximum advantage of opportunities presented by specific micro-climates have shaped our designs and influenced our materials selections for over thirty years. We have completed numerous projects designing to LEED® standards.
Glass Associates has gained recognition for design excellence through design competitions, design awards, and the publication of its projects. Our staff maintains professional registrations in California and Oregon.