Our Unique Approach
Jacoby Architects is an award winning architecture firm that focuses on creating one-of-a-kind projects. Our passion, our custom approach, and our relentless care generate highly innovative designs and unparalleled client service; a service that has been described by clients as feeling like a part of our family. Every project that we tackle gets the attention of our entire firm as we look for opportunity in every square inch to make it the next, most special project we have completed.
Our philosophy is built upon listening. Clients like us because we are friendly, attentive, and put simply – we just care more! When we leave our egos at the door, it allows us to create designs that are entirely appropriate for the client, for the building, and for the site. We never try to force a style or a look; because if you’re not excited, then we’re not excited.
A Meaningful Process
Optimist, visionary, leader—these are just a few of our favorite things about Joe. President of Jacoby Architects, he earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. Well-traveled, Joe spent a few years practicing architecture in San Francisco and London. Always sketching in the corner, Joe looks for every opportunity to make spaces interesting. Driving the conceptual foundation of our projects, from imagination to construction, he seeks to find the wow factor in each of our clients’ unique lists of spaces and programs. Inspired by the mountains and deserts of Utah, his designs complement the site while providing for the needs of the building’s occupants. One to dislike “can’t”, Joe can provide you with the stunning and functional building you’re looking for.
As a northern Utah native growing up in a small town, Kraig attained an early appreciation for the beauty of nature and the importance of sustainability. With a family of close-knit DIYers, he became well-versed in the creative process and in the critical role that teamwork can play in accomplishing a common goal. Kraig discovered Jacoby Architects while earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the University of Utah. Now as a Project Architect, Kraig is often the right-hand man and go-to guy of the office. His patience, good-natured attitude, care, and expertise translate to complete quality in the buildings he skillfully designs.
Tawny is equal parts California and Utah raised. Finally settling here in Salt Lake, Tawny knows a thing or two about effortlessly weaving different styles together to create one stunning scheme. As a child growing up around Frank Gehry’s office and construction sites, Tawny’s love for architecture and design is sewn deep. While attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, she channeled this love into creative, out-of-the-box concepts that stood apart from the work of her peers. Now, as an interior designer collaborating on most of our projects, she’ll deliver the same for you.
Orson brings to our office his design acumen cultivated through years of work in various firms across the country. Originally from the Beehive state, Orson has been inspired by his time spent outside the Wasatch Front in South Korea, Seattle, Orlando, New Orleans, and Italy. With such a diverse background and exposure to a myriad of cultures, it’s no wonder that his design aesthetic centers on the successful integration of various materials, textures, and colors. Orson’s ready smile belies his willingness to stare down and conquer any design challenge thrown at him, making him a valuable and dependable asset to our team.
Born and raised east of the Mississippi, Steven spent several years exploring his passions for rock climbing and photography throughout the eastern U.S. and Europe. After realizing how much he enjoyed capturing buildings in his photographs, Steven moved to Utah to pursue architecture while keeping close to the irresistible mountains. Steven earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Utah and is currently working on completing his master’s degree. Steven’s work fuses big picture solutions with the tiny details of everyday user experience. His dedication to collaboration and belief that there is always a way forward creates ideal partnerships with clients and results in truly beautiful buildings.
Khue joins our team all the way from Vietnam. With an M.A. degree in Interior Design from Sheffield Hallam University, Khue’s breadth of knowledge, based on her experiences working in the interior design world of Vietnam, has become a valuable resource for our entire firm. Her design work is characterized by empathy and awareness, the same traits she displays in her interpersonal communications. Khue not only works incredibly hard but plays hard too. She enjoys traveling, and while Europe has been her favorite destination to date, she’s looking forward next to exploring the various regions of Peru.
A prairie flower turned desert flower, Cora hails from the Land of Lincoln. A background in English teaching and communication disorders from BYU pairs nicely with her Midwestern sensibilities. As our resident Office Manager, Cora handles a variety of responsibilities including making sure that while the architects and designers are busy sketching, modeling, and creating, the coffee pot that fuels their energy stays full. She likewise handles public relations and content writing, helping to promote our company and grow our brand. Always eager to do well, her determination to learn something new every day drives her personal growth and the growth of our team.
Ever the kinetic learner, Eric loves figuring out how things work and how they’re built. He is also inspired by visuals, explaining the wanderlust which has driven him to sketch old buildings across the globe. However, sketching hasn’t been his only international pursuit. After earning his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Utah and his Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley, Eric spent two years working as an architect in San Francisco followed by three years in the busy hubs of Amsterdam, London, and Edinburgh, and the next 10+ years working here at Jacoby Architects. Pursuing his hands-on design roots, Eric recently launched a separate product design company called Eric Jacoby Design offering elegant and exciting pieces.
After earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho, Masters of Architecture from the University of Utah, and obtaining a professional license, Robert founded the firm back in 1976. Having retired this past year (mostly), Robert continues to offer guidance and wisdom cultivated from an illustrious 55+ year career in the field of architecture. While Robert now has more time to devote to his other passions including jewelry making, silversmithing, cabinetmaking, welding, painting, sketching, and landscaping (just to name a paltry few), he still maintains a strong passion for both the field of architecture and the company he originally founded.
We are on a constant quest for more eco-friendly designs. We are experienced with and knowledgeable of the LEED certification process, the State of Utah High Performance Building Standard, and the integration of cost-effective, energy-saving strategies into our projects. For example, the Marriott Honors Residential Scholars Community on the University of Utah Campus is LEED Gold and performs 30% better than required by code. This translates to a savings of over $20,000 per year in utilities alone.
Even our projects that do not require a LEED certification or compliance with energy standards, as best practice, include proper building orientation; natural daylighting and ventilation; well-insulated envelopes; building materials that are recycled, low embodied, and low emitting; and high-efficiency fixtures and equipment.