Because we can is an Oakland-based Architecture Design-Build Studio serving individuals and companies nationwide.
Founded in 2006 by Jeffrey McGrew and Jillian Northrup, our goal is to 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 in-house digital fabrication production shop and technology-forward architecture practice empowers us to directly and personally craft the custom elements the project needs to be really great. It also lets us embrace and respond to change quickly while exploring better ways of building while 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.￼