We do these things because we can

Because we can is an Oakland-based Architectural Design-Build Studio serving individuals and companies nationwide.

Founded in 2006 by Jeffrey McGrew and Jillian Northrup, we create great buildings, interiors, furniture, and art with and for our wonderful clients. We're here to make the world a more interesting, creative, sustainable, and productive place.

Our clients are very diverse; large and small, commercial and residential, for-profit and non-profit, pragmatic and wildly creative. We collaborate openly, listen closely, and deeply understand our clients desires, goals, and needs so we can help them transform their environments into something better.

Our technology-forward architecture practice combined with our fabrication facility empowers us to directly and personally craft the custom elements the project needs. This work flow enables us embrace and respond to change quickly while exploring better ways of building and reducing risk.

We love to share all that we've learned, whether it's technical consulting work for software companies, working with other designers or builders, giving talks, posting to our blog, or sharing actual code.

We believe in broadly skilled people. Our team is a mash-up of architects, artists, builders, designers, and fabricators from a wide range of backgrounds. Every member of our team spends time on all aspects of a project from concept to design to fabrication. The same designer is always involved with the project from beginning to end for a constant vision. And the company founders Jillian and Jeffrey are personally involved with every project and client.

We are very excited about what we can do for you. Let's talk about what you've got in mind.

Architecture & Interiors

As fully licensed California architects we can meet all your building and interior design needs.

  • Commercial buildings, interiors, retail, bars, and work/live units with a focus on creative and interesting, yet profitable and efficient, results.
  • Our unique approach and sustainable design-build custom work delivers projects like no other.
  • Marketability concepts, exploratory schemes, zoning negotiations, and building code research for real estate development consulting.

Art & Spectacles

Giant interactive gear walls? Mobile sustainable kiosks? Working puzzle globe wall logo? No problem, we can help make anything.

  • We love to collaborate with other designers and artists. Bring on your big ideas, and we'll help make it happen.
  • Exterior or interior, we understand how to make durable elements to make your marketing or building unique.
  • Our tools, process, and connections truly allow us to make anything you can imagine.
  • Being licensed architects, we understand how to interface with local authorities so that your creative project won't hit any regulatory snags.

Furniture Design & Fabrication

Our in-house digital fabrication studio empowers us to produce the custom elements that make your project perfect.

  • We don't only design, we also help build our projects in-house. This lets us be more creative yet efficient.
  • Working with sustainable materials as much as possible, our furniture isn't only solid, it's good for you.
  • Our process lets us scale from single pieces to huge orders and quickly adapt to any changes along the way.
  • Whether you're looking to outfit a whole office or just a single special piece for your house, we'd love to help you out.

    Software & Fabrication

    Experienced and pragmatic consulting services for BIM, digital fabrication, complex CAM, and software development for the construction industry.

    • World-class Autodesk Revit experts with ground-breaking use of BIM for digital fabrication.
    • Award winning presenters and educators for technology in the construction industry.
    • Valuable consulting around software product development for architecture, fabrication, and construction tools.
    • Technical experts currently developing products for Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Fusion, and Project Dynamo.
    • Brave beta testers running software through real-life paces to maximise feedback and value.