Navarro’s Grand Opening by Michael Steiner

The Grand Opening of Navarro’s Martial Arts Academy was a jam-packed event with live performances and super special ribbon-cutting guest, Mayor London Breed.  Steiner Architecture worked closely with the Navarro family throughout the renovation project, and is proud to have supported this San Francisco Legacy Business.  For almost 50 years Navarro’s has inspired generations of students and will continue to thrive in their new location for many years to come.  Congrats!

Mayor Ed Lee Flips the New Avenue Theater Switch! by Michael Steiner


This past week Mayor Ed Lee flipped the switch for the new Avenue Theater restored neon signs and marquee.  Hundreds gathered along San Bruno Avenue in the Portola to celebrate the work. Congrats to the Portola Neighborhood, the City of San Francisco, and countless collaborators and volunteers for making this façade renovation a success!

Neon Revival: The Return of Portola’s Avenue Theater by Michael Steiner


It seems an understatement to read the latest cover story from SF Weekly describing the Portola as “The Best Little Neighborhood You’ve Never Heard Of”.  Strolling past the didactic murals of San Bruno Avenue, the community gardens and urban greening movement, the pocket park and the blossoming eateries, one could wonder, “what’s missing?”

How about the Avenue Theater – the “physical and figurative heart” of the Portola?

Built in 1927 and faithful to the Art Deco architecture of the era, the theater and the façade have fallen into dilapidation and decay over the past few decades.  Almost three years ago Steiner Architecture embarked on an effort as the Architect of Record for the Avenue Theater facade renovation spearheaded by the Portola Neighborhood Association and in collaboration with a large team of stakeholders, volunteers and contributors. 

The “brightest” highlight of the $250,000 asset activation grant from the SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development includes a renovation of the marquee and the Avenue’s neon sign.  Featured in SF Weekly’s NEON REVIVAL, the repair work is underway and the rally to save the Portola’s theater is in full swing.

It is amazing to see this community effort taking shape and the work finally come to fruition. 

GROW Oakland Training Kitchen Project by Michael Steiner


GROW Oakland Training Kitchen is now in full swing, and Steiner Architecture is proud to have supported Chef Sarah in the creation of this training space. 

GROW addresses the need for entry-level employment skills for current and former foster youth while also providing nutrition access and education to the community.

GROW engages, educates, and trains youth in personal health and wellness as they prepare for meaningful work in the culinary field.  The model is a seed to plate social enterprise that provides opportunities for current and former foster and probation youth to develop nutrition based health and wellness strategies and build skills and job experience in culinary arts, customer service, marketing and business planning and management.

GROW Oakland is a 12-week culinary arts training program that provides a comprehensive introduction to the food service industry. Students enrolled in this training program participate in over 200 hours of classroom instruction and culinary skills practice, work directly in established commercial kitchens as interns and are mentored by some of the East Bay’s most talented chefs. Successful graduates earn their California Food Handler Certificate of Achievement and are prepared for immediate work within the food service sector.

Chef Sarah Germany is Chief Culinary Officer of Taste & Texture.

Beyond Emancipation ILP Expansion Complete! by Michael Steiner


The B:E ILP office expansion is complete. New program office space and training rooms serve to advance the local youth community and facilitate their transition to living as independent adults.

“Steiner Architecture assisted our organization at a time when we had planned a suite expansion from scratch, but did not yet have a vision of how the space would be configured. We received instantaneous support and advice. Within a short timeframe, we had detailed discussions about our organization's mission, and this paved the way for us to realize the vision of the suite that would reflect the needs of the community we serve. We received not only this supportive guidance, but also detailed plans to ensure that the vision translated to the build-out. We are forever grateful to Steiner Architecture.”

-Paula, B:E Operations Manager

A Hotel "Designed for the Community" by Michael Steiner


The year-long renovation project of Berkeley's Hotel Durant is complete!  The 144-room historic hotel is an icon for the University community.  It was built in 1928 and named after the founding president of the University of California.  It was touted as the "Hotel Designed for the Community" and has remained a timeless reflection of pride, local Berkeley charm, and a bit of… well, quirkiness…

Working in Berkeley at this scale has been delightful.  Have a drink.  Grab some food.  Stroll the halls.  Revel in both the storied traditions of counter culture and the contemporary intellect of the university campus scene.

SF Shines by Michael Steiner

Steiner Architecture has been selected as a partner to assist the City of San Francisco and help SF Shine!

The focus of the SF Shines program is to bring the benefit of good design and technical assistance to small businesses along key neighborhood commercial corridors.  Stakeholders work together to enhance the beauty and character of neighborhood businesses, increase pedestrian safety and walkability, magnify retail and small business identity, and encourage investments in the community.

The program is part of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development @sfoewd and SF Invest in Neighborhoods Initiative @InvestSF