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September 5, 2020

Modular Building Institute’s “Inside Modular” Podcast with Nick Gomez

In this episode of Modular Building Institute’s Inside Modular podcast, Nick Gomez, Multi-Family Studio Director at Lowney Architecture, calls in to talk about designing for modular buildings, and the advantages for architects.
August 24, 2020

The Registry “Real Perspectives” with Ken Lowney

Lowney Architecture President & CEO, Ken Lowney recently appeared on The Registry's "Real Perspectives" podcast to discuss forming his own architecture firm, the challenges with doing innovative work, and the opportunities large disruptions like COVID-19 may create for the industry

August 12, 2020

Meet Our Team: Jennifer Ivanovich

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. Next up: Landscape Architecture Studio Director, Jennifer Ivanovich.

August 10, 2020

Q & A: How Hotel Design Can Adjust Public Perceptions

COVID-19 has brought the travel industry to a screeching halt and hotels are facing an uncertain future. But just like retail, the hospitality industry is looking for ways to sell the public on safety during the pandemic.

August 3, 2020

Exploring the Lasting Imprint of Our Pandemic Places

A few weeks ago the Lowney Architecture team gathered to quickly sketch and discuss our “pandemic places.” This was, in part, a design-thinking exercise led by the Landscape Architecture Studio, meant to explore how several months of working from home had caused our perceptions of “space” to evolve.
July 30, 2020

The MicroPAD®: Innovative Housing for the Homeless

Lowney Architecture worked with Patrick Kennedy at Panoramic Interests to design the MicroPAD (Prefabricated Affordable Dwelling). As a new approach to address the growing number of homeless people in the Bay Area, the MicroPad provides a way to build high-quality housing quickly and economically.


July 27, 2020

Meet Our Team: Annie Tveten

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. Next up: Designer, Annie Tveten.
July 13, 2020

Modular Design Helps the Education Sector Respond to COVID-19

As school administrators evaluate solutions that allow for the safe return of students in coming months, modular design and construction presents a great opportunities for both short- and long-term considerations.

July 9, 2020

Meet Our Team: Mark Donahue

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. Next up: Design Director, Mark Donahue.

July 6, 2020

Designing Restaurants for a Socially Distant World

The hospitality industry has taken a massive hit with hotels and restaurants seeing sudden declines due to COVID-19, forcing some to close their doors for good. While some restaurants have remained open for takeout and delivery, providing literal comfort food for anyone hungry for some semblance of normalcy, we’re wondering what comes next as statewide measures to “reopen” are explored?

June 29, 2020

KCBS Radio “Ask An Expert” with Ken Lowney

Today as Texas and Florida orders all bars to shut down again, we're taking a closer look at the future of traditional communal spaces like restaurants, bars, hotels and schools with Ken Lowney, the President and CEO of Lowney Architecture in Oakland.
June 26, 2020

Meet Our Team: Aleksandra Makuch

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. Next up: Desinger, Aleksandra Makuch.


June 22, 2020

Virtual Groundbreaking: Parrott Street Apartments

We're excited to announce that earlier this month, a virtual groundbreaking took place for Parrott Street Apartments, our housing project with Eden Housing, Inc. and BBI Construction. Located across the street from the downtown San Leandro BART station, this project will add 62 new units of affordable housing to the East Bay!
June 15, 2020

Meet Our Team: Nick Gomez

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. Next up: Multi-Family Studio Director, Nick Gomez.

June 8, 2020

How Hospitality Design Might Change Post-Pandemic

Today’s global pandemic has created “permanxiety” for some would-be travelers experiencing stress due to long-term confinement, geopolitical issues, and the ongoing public health crisis. How might an industry built on the idea of escape create new, responsive environments that allow guests to live for today and leave their worries behind for a while? Defining what “getting away” looks like post-pandemic is a worthwhile challenge.

May 27, 2020

Meet Our Team: Jesse Duclos

We’re jumping on the #showusyourshelfie bandwagon to give you a peek inside the minds of Lowney Arch team members. First up: Senior Project Designer, Jesse Duclos.

March 6, 2017

Seeking a Senior Designer

We are seeking a highly qualified senior designer with in depth experience in multi-family housing projects with a minimum of 7-10 years of relevant professional experience.
March 1, 2017

The Future of Oakland

This month, Ken Lowney spoke at a forum hosted by Bisnow regarding Oakland development trends. Along with other prominent industry experts, Ken explained the Bay Area's shift from traditional construction of multifamily housing to more compact housing with shorter construction times.


February 11, 2017

Hale Mahana Groundbreaking and Blessing

Today, the project site of Hale Mahana Collegiate Apartments had its groundbreaking ceremony and a traditional blessing from a Hawaiian Kahuna. Lowney Architecture's Ken Lowney and Brian Nee visited the site along with the Honolulu City Manager, University of Hawaii president, city council members, Laconia, and EDR.
December 22, 2016

Happy Holidays from the Lowney Team!


November 17, 2016

Now Presenting: New Parking

Yesterday, Neil Gray from the City of Oakland came to our office to present the recently adopted revisions to the City of Oakland's off-street parking requirements.

November 4, 2016

Field trip to SFMOMA

This past Thursday, Lowney Architecture ventured out of the office and over to SFMOMA for some full-scale design inspiration. We took a guided tour of the Mario Botta building and Snøhetta addition, stopping in to appreciate the art exhibits along the way.

October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween from the Lowney Team!

October 19, 2016

Exclusive: Huge Oakland Tower Plan Combines Housing, Office, and Retail

A proposal for one of the largest among over a dozen highrise plans recently approved and proposed in Oakland. It would be the only one to combine residential and office space.


September 28, 2016

Another Successful Tour

Lowney Architect Tony Valadez led a hard hat tour of Lowney's Chow Oakland on Saturday, September 24th.
September 22, 2016

Chow Oakland Tour on Saturday, 9/24

AIA East Bay will be hosting a tour of Chow Oakland, our project currently under construction on Piedmont Avenue.

September 13, 2016

Tour of the Orchards Just Days Before Grand Opening

On September 8th, the Urban Land Institute hosted a project walkthrough and discussion just days prior to the Grand Opening of the Safeway at the Orchards.

September 12, 2016

Trivia Night at Lowney Architecture Supports ARE Candidates

Lowney Architecture hosted the inaugural AIA East Bay ARE-prep Trivia Night at its downtown Oakland office on Tuesday, August 30th.

August 22, 2016

Lowney Architecture to Host AIA East Bay Trivia Night

You are invited to the AIA East Bay's Trivia Night, hosted at the office of Lowney Architecture, in Oakland, CA.
August 2, 2016

Kwik Way Plans Receive Broad Community Support

After years of scrapped plans and benign neglect, Oakland’s moldering Kwik Way Drive-In may soon be replaced by a five-story housing and retail development that will stand as tall as the nearby Grand Lake Theater.


June 15, 2015

Ken Lowney and Creative Development Partners vie for Kaiser Convention Center Project

March 4, 2015

Plank wins Real Estate Deals of the Year 2014 (Restaurant)

Plank is nearly 50,000 square feet and it’s a lot more than a restaurant.

January 23, 2015

Lowney Architecture Stays Profitable by Design, Lands ‘Best Year Ever’


August 29, 2014

Architects Reign as Grocery Kings

For Ken Lowney, 2012 was “the year of hell.” He had to buy out his business partner and his longtime girlfriend died.


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