Joel Mendelson, AIA, has had an 18-year career serving clients on both coasts of the United States, Europe and the Middle East.  His business is rooted locally with M/AP, a Bay Area architecture and site design firm with a focus on residential, commercial and institutional projects of a contemporary nature.

M/AP brings a breadth of residential, commercial, and institutional design experience at multiple scales and mixes of uses, and will work quickly to find the hidden potential of an existing house, lot, or building.  Our style is clean and modern, with respect for traditional building forms. Our experience allows us to work on projects that dovetail traditional and modern seamlessly.

M/AP will expertly guide you through the design and construction process, and will help you to avoid its pit-falls. Whatever your scope or design need, we’ll endeavor to keep the process straight forward, intelligent, fun, and builder-friendly.  The first visit is always our pleasure.

If you are a real estate broker or a new client, and would like a consultation to assess the potential of an existing pre-escrow home or property – or if you are looking to learn more about what a creative, smart architecture firm can do for you – please contact us today to set up a free appointment.


1050 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94611   |   415.658.1725   |   info@mendelsonarchitecture.com

Joel Mendelson is licensed to practice Architecture in California, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. His career focus has been on single and multi-family residential, urban planning, complex mixed-use buildings, resort, institutional, and restaurant work.

Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Joel practiced with Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York City from 1998 to 2008, where he was a Senior Associate, and provided design and team leadership on a wide range of project efforts. In San Francisco and New York, Joel has practiced at Hart Howerton, an architecture and resort-planning firm; and with SB Architects, where he served as the Senior Design Architect for a major mixed-use project along the Mediterranean in North Beirut, currently under construction.

As a consulting architect and planner, he has practiced with Page & Turnbull, BAR, George Bevan and Associates, and Heller Manus. Joel holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelors Degree from Oberlin College, with a major concentration in Art History and Studio Art. Joel attended Columbia University’s Shape of Two Cities program, in New York and Paris. In October 2012, Joel was fortunate to serve as the team leader for an AIA R/UDAT held for Seabrook Island, SC, near Charleston.

When he’s not designing, he’s either cooking or running. Joel ran six marathons between October 2012 and October 2014, including Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago.