Joseph Esherick, Architect
Monterey Bay AquariumPhoto by Peter Aaron/Esto
UC Santa Cruz, Science LibraryPhoto by Peter Aaron/Esto
National Museum for Marine Biology/AquariumPhoto by Peter Aaron/Esto
Zhang Jia Yuan SchoolPhoto by Alison Maloney
The Early Years
With the many climates of the Bay Area, EHDD originally made its mark by developing a Northern California vernacular: architecture designed to live in harmony with the weather and topography of the area.
- The Metcalf, Goldman, Bermak, Cary, and McLeod houses
- The Harold E. Jones Child Study Center, UC Berkeley
As popular culture provoked new thinking, EHDD was likewise imagining a better future.
- Sea Ranch, one of the first sustainably designed residential communities
- The Cannery on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf
EHDD continued to take on more complex and groundbreaking projects, always with the mission to design in harmony with the community and environment.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium
- McPhee Student Union, CalPoly
Embedded in our firm’s culture is a passion for advancing human progress through higher learning, which is reflected in our participation in several significant university campus buildings.
- The Aron Art Center at Mills College in Oakland, CA
- The Graduate Theological Union at UC Berkeley
Our passion for advancing civilization was increasingly being recognized by aquarium, zoo and museum clients around the world, giving us the opportunity to expand our practice nationally and internationally.
- Exploris, a children’s museum in Raleigh, NC
- The National Museum of Marine Biology/Aquarium, Taiwan
- The Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, IL
- The Science Library at UC Santa Cruz
- John G. Shedd Aquarium
EHDD’s legacy of sustainable design and modernist language continues to be a catalyst that drives our innovation across a diversity of global projects.
- Zhang Jia Yuan Elementary School, China
- Rivali Park, Mixed-Use Development, Mumbai, India
Our net zero energy portfolio includes more projects - either designed, under construction or built - than anyone in the world.
- Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA
- The David & Lucile Packard Foundation in Los Altos, CA
- The Exploratorium at Piers 15/17 in San Francisco, CA
- Christopher Center for Library and Information Services, Valparaiso University, Indiana
- Merrill-Cazier Library, Utah State University, Logan, UT
- Residence Halls Units 1 & 2 Infill Student Housing, UC Berkeley
- Pritzker Family Children's Zoo, Chicago, IL
In everything we do, our ultimate goal is built environments that align and advance the interests of our clients, the environment and society. Through our professional practice and culture, we strive to create a firm that clients love – and future generations will admire.