Jamie Steinmetz,AIA, LEED AP

Senior Architect

As a Senior Architect, Jamie seeks to create architecture that considers equally the art of design and the science of building.

Her responsibilities range from site and building design, project coordination and management to sustainability consulting, construction drawing, and specification preparation. She believes in an integrated approach to projects that begins early in the process, always creating functional, meaningful spaces within site- and climate-appropriate forms. Consideration for sustainable means and methods are inherent throughout her design development process.

Jamie has worked with Paul at two firms before joining him at PHA in 2011. She was the first to join the team and helped to establish the firm, choosing to support Paul because of their shared commitment to a design-centered practice with a focus on enhancing the built environment in the Central Valley through architecture.

Education & Certifications

Jamie received her Bachelor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2004, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also participated in an Architecture Study Abroad Program from 2002 to 2003 at CSU Florence, Italy. She is a California Licensed Architect, an LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), and an AIA (American Institute of Architects) Member.

Community Engagement

In the past, Jamie has been an ArCA Editorial Board Member for the AIA California Council, and served as Director of Information & Public Relations for the AIA San Joaquin Chapter. She is also the past Editor in Chief of the AIASJ Chapter Newsletter.

Described as

“Dedicated, passionate, modest, detail-oriented, balanced, solver, empathetic. Architecture and design are my passion, my family is my core.”

Favorite PHA project

“Probably the UOP William Knox Holt Memorial Library in Stockton. This project was extensive and challenging with a very limited budget and many unforeseen conditions due to the library being a conglomeration of an original building plus three additions plus two previous partial remodels. The project included the incorporation of a large atrium at the entry, which necessitated a substantial portion of the roof and second floor to be removed. The challenges of the project, the required detailing and finish selection, and the resultant finished construction make it one of my favorites.”

One food forever

“Coffee. Although I don’t think that qualifies as a “food.” To eat, I would choose bowls because there are endless ingredient and flavor combinations and there is an art to how they are composed and presented—which speaks to my design sensibilities.”

Working tunes

“Most any genre—but my go to is folk or alt rock.”