Joel Mendelson

Joel Mendelson

Oakland, CA, US



Joel Mendelson is licensed to practice Architecture in California and New York State, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.  His career focus has been on urban planning, high-end resorts, mixed-use buildings, residential, institutional, and restaurant design. Joel practiced with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York for over nine years, where he was a Senior Associate. In San Francisco, Joel has practiced at Hart Howerton, an architecture and resort-planning firm, and with SB Architects, where he served as the Senior Designer for a major mixed-use project in Beirut. He has also consulted for Page & Turnbull, BAR Architects, and Heller Manus Architects. Joel received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors Degree from Oberlin College. Joel lives in Oakland, California.



Mendelson Architecture and Planning - M/AP, Oakland, CA, US, Principal

Independent and Freelance Work:

Built Projects include Three modern academic buildings on a wooded site for a private New England summer camp in 2002, and Private residential work in San Francisco and Brooklyn.

Current conceptual design includes a 3-house green hillside development on a 100% slope in Montclair, CA,

Heller Manus Architects, San Francisco, Current: Planned Eco-City in Dalian and Urban Design for Guangzhou, China

BAR Architects, San Francisco, 2011: Architectural design of mixed-use Housing in Boulder, CO, in approvals.

Page & Turnbull Architects, San Francisco, 2010: Led design work for additions to an historic chapel in the SF Presidio, and a ski-lodge in Yosemite Park; prepared guidelines for an historic Sacramento airbase, and an Atherton Private School.

Mar 2010 - current

SB Architects, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Designer

As Senior Architect, won an invited competition for a mixed-use development on a marina in Beirut, Lebanon. Project master planning and architecture awarded through Schematic Design and partial Design Development, with project currently in pre-sale. Construction to begin in Spring 2012.

Other design work included resort and residential estate design work in Vietnam and China.

Jul 2010 - Jun 2011

Hart Howerton, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Designer

Senior Architectural Designer in multidisciplinary Planning, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture firm. Designed Projects included hotel and villa design for a resort in St. Kitts; a lake club, golf club and associated residential design in Texas; vacation estate designs in California, and resort entitlement work in Hawaii.

Jan 2008 - Mar 2009

Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY, US, Senior Associate

Senior Associate and Project Architect specializing in Urban Design and Master Planning projects.
Built Projects include Musiskwartier Arnhem, an urban infill project in the historic center of Arnhem, Netherlands. and Highgrove, a 17-story luxury condominium in Stamford, CT

Recently designed projects included a golf resort village near Millbrook, New York; a Black Mountain Ranch Town Center in San Diego, California; and a seaside retail complex in Cyprus.

Other projects included a beach resort and hotel in Florida’s Panhandle; a new town on a brownfield site in New Jersey’s Meadowlands; master planning projects along the Delaware River in Camden and Pennsauken, New Jersey; resorts in the Canary Islands and Aspen, Colorado; the redevelopment of a decommissioned naval yard in Washington, DC, and the Presidio in San Francisco.

Planning and architectural design work at Robert A.M. Stern Architects has included an emphasis on single and multifamily buildings and blocks; retail, hotel, resort, and office buildings; and overall architectural massing and character development.

Dec 1998 - Apr 2008

Adamstein & Demetriou Architecture (A&D), Washington, DC, US, Designer

Award winning architecture & interiors, specializing in restaurant and residential design. Built projects include Restaurant Bis, Restaurant Raku, and a variety of plans, lighting, flooring, cabinetry, metalwork,
glazing & framing details for high-end, published restaurants and residential projects. Responsibilities also included site visits, supervision, and construction administration.

Jul 1995 - May 1997


University of Pennsylvania, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1993 - Jun 1997

Oberlin College, BArch, Art History / Studio Art Major

Sep 1987 - Jun 1991

Columbia University, Shape of Two Cities

Sep 1989 - Jun 1990


Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award, 1st Place

Top Prize for Arnhem Musiskwartier Project with Robert A.M. Stern


Areas of Specialization