studio sideprojectWe are a full service, POC/women owned architecture and design practice located in Oakland, California.
As architects, artists, and educators, we draw on our Identity and community to design. Through a collective model, we thrive on collaboration.
/Sameena Sitabkhan|Principal California Registered Architect | NOMA
Sameena Sitabkhan is a California licensed architect deeply committed to empowering the next generation of architects through an emphasis on spatial justice. As the assistant undergraduate director at the Academy of Art SF, he has served in the roles of Licensing Advisor, AIAS faculty advisor, and NOMAS faculty advisor. Since 2018, she has been directing B.Lab, the undergraduate department’s community-based design initiative. The student-designed and constructed projects have won numerous awards in recognition of the creative and empathetic ways of meeting the needs of underserved communities in the Bay Area through a robust participatory model with neighbors, local youth, city agencies, and nonprofits. In her own practice, she has designed and managed projects spanning a range of public serving building typologies from schools and affordable housing to urban/art installations throughout the Bay Area since the early 2000s. She was previously an Associate at David Baker Architects, focused on housing for the formerly homeless and has completed ground-up charter and public school buildings throughout California. She co-founded studiosideproject.com in 2020, with two like-minded collaborators, to create at the intersection of narrative, design, and advocacy in the built environment.
Sameena Sitabkhan is an honoree of the 2023 Community Alliance Awards // Sandra I. Vivanco Education Award which recognizes an organization or individual who upholds the values to inspire students, peers and the community that extends beyond the boundaries of the pedagogy into practice.
Tammy is a first generation Chinese American designer from the SF Bay Area. She has designed and managed a wide range of built work including high end hospitality, retail and single family residences. She previously worked with Bestor Architecture in Los Angeles and Christopher Deam Architects in Marin on all aspects of residential and retail work including interior renovations to ground up construction. For over ten years Tammy worked on international projects as a principal at Kupa Studios in Beijing, China. Her projects have been published in Dwell Magazine, Casa Abitare, and the Los Angeles Times. With a background in dance, she often thinks about architecture as a choreographed story, focused on moments in the built environment.
Born in Tel Aviv, he grew up in Switzerland before moving permanently to the United States in 1987. He is a full-time faculty member and the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at the Academy of Art University School of Architecture in San Francisco, CA, where he coordinates the B.Arch digital curriculum and teaches a design studio focused on homelessness and social equity.