Space, Light, and Grace


The Blake Group Architecture has been committed to delivering delight in space and structure for 25 years. Previous projects range from residential additions to the vaulting drama of the South San Francisco BART station and the public spaces at the San Francisco International Airport boarding areas. Other past work includes the Marriott Hotel ballroom, the Alameda-Harbor Bay Ferry Terminal and custom residences throughout Northern California, from Santa Clara County to Mendocino County.



Total Project Management


The Blake Group Architecture delivers Total Project Management. Total Project Management means one-stop shopping for clients with a team that is organized by an experienced, licensed architect with the skills to ensure that the entire building delivery process serves the greater purpose of delivering delight through inspirational space and structure while meeting clients' expectations for budget control and technical excellence.

Any endeavor benefits from having a single passionate individual coordinating the players, solving the problems as they occur, and providing a thread of responsible continuity from beginning to end. Total Project Management means a thorough knowledge of the state and local planning regulations and building codes that instills confidence in city building officials and inspectors.


Architecture that Creates Music


Architecture is space. Architecture is light. Architecture is grace. Just as music is sound that has been organized for spiritual, physical and emotional pleasure from the great cacophony of all that we hear, architecture is light and space that has been created, selected, organized and proportioned to create "music" - independent from ordinary light and space that is merely a shelter from the elements.


Meet Jim


Jim Blake, the principal architect and owner of The Blake Group has twenty-five years of experience meeting complex architectural challenges in all phases of the project delivery process– from the conceptual sketch to the final interior design touches.

Mr. Blake has a long track record of delivering order, proportion, beauty and technical expertise to projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has worked on residential projects throughout his career while also focusing on larger commercial, industrial and transportation buildings.

For the past five years he has been working exclusively on residential work. He recently built an addition to his office and was reintroduced to the myriad details that all residential contractors must address, and the importance of the work of the architect in making the construction phase not only manageable, but enjoyable. Most of life's great challenges can be met successfully if they are served up in manageable tasks that are clearly defined. Building a new home or adding space to an existing home is a great challenge. High quality architectural services can make it an inspirational adventure.

Jim began his career as an architect just after high school in the office of the great Northwest residential architect Burr Richards, and studied with superb residential architects as an undergraduate at the University of Washington, most notably, Tom Bosworth and Wendell Lovett. There were more than a few masters of residential design teaching at Harvard during his three and a half years at the Graduate School of Design – Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman and several others not quite so famous but equally talented.


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