Group 41 Incorporated is a diverse group of talented individuals whose skills lie in a broad array of design-oriented arenas. From Industrial and Product design to Architecture, to Real Estate Development, Group 41's professionals are capable of an extensive list of project types. Joel M. Karr, Principal and Owner of Group 41 has an extensive background in large and small scale projects in a broad array of project types. Group 41 also leverages offshore drafting services from a variety of countries and sources for some of its production work, helping to keep fees down by capitalizing on its local "brain trust" of talent, but outsourcing simpler tasks.
Group 41 also believes strongly in "giving back" to the community. We are involved in charitable activities with San Francisco's Hamilton Family Centers for the homeless, AIDS Marathon, and the Japan HIV Center (Joel Karr served as organizer for the first major fundraiser for people with AIDS ever presented in Japan.
Joel M. Karr is an architect, traveler, man of the world, explorer, and generally curious soul. His journeys have included periods of living in Japan and Paris, along with shorter stints doing research in the Negev Desert of Israel and extensive world travel. As an architect, his work can be found on three continents, spanning a period of 27 years.
With an extensive array of project types, his experience is both broad and deep, including everything from small interior renovation projects to industrial design products, to campus master planning for 1,000,000 square foot office parks. Generally, his work does not fit any typical description of a "style". His personal passion is to "think inside the heads" of his clients, whether designing a beautiful light fixture or an office building.
Joel has background designing buildings with some of the world's noteworthy architects including Kohn Pedersen Fox of New York, and Helmut Jahn of Chicago, as well as working in Tokyo for one of the largest Construction/Architecture/Development conglomerates in Japan for five years. He is a Certified Green Building Professional, as well as active in social issues including various Sustainable Building forums and Building and Planning issues in the City of San Francisco.
Educated at Oberlin College and UCLA, he holds a Masters' in Architecture and certification with NCARB for practice in all 50 states. He has continuing interests including historic preservation issues (He was active with Los Angeles Conservancy) and music (he is an accomplished flutist, having made his solo orchestral debut at 13). He lives in San Francisco with his partner, Ken, and their Chocolate Lab/Chow mix "daughter" Kaya.
Jason Anderson earned his B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley and worked in San Francisco before strategically relocating to New York City for Graduate School. After receiving his M.Arch degree from Columbia University, Jason explored New York City through a series of professional engagements that ranged from a video game startup to animation and print development. During this professional sojourn, he also taught design related classes with an emphasis on technology within both the graduate and undergraduate departments of Columbia University, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute. With this wide variety of related experience, Jason returned to architectural practice in 2002 and has remained in both architectural practice and education since, continuing his developing exploration of digital fabrication and other emerging design technology advancement.
In his spare time Jason has been exploring larger zones of the US environmental fabric with his motorcycles, seeking to understand the constantly evolving cultural and built landscape across the states.
David Straton migrated north from Los Angeles in summer of 2008 to join Group 41. His westward journey started in 2002 when he began graduate studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). While in Los Angeles his architectural experience continued to develop with projects in residential additions and remodels as well as multi family housing. After 3 years, he moved on to help a start up office, Urban Networks and then joined Abramson Teiger Architects. While at ATA he worked on residential, mixed use and commercial projects.
He attended University at Buffalo where he received a B.P.S in Architecture, followed by a graduate semester in Barcelona Spain. After some time in Buffalo, NY and Providence, RI he started a journey to find his place in Architecture. This pivotal journey eventually landed him in Los Angeles, exposing him to a multitude of architectural experiences. David's journey continues, and he now looks forward to his continuing discoveries about architecture and life itself.
Olga Kozachek is a strong-willed woman with a passionate drive to continuously explore the world and its beautiful connections. An early bloomer, she completed her Computer Science Degree at the age of seventeen from the Radio Technical School in her hometown of Kharkov, Ukraine; all the while finishing six years of Musical School #111. In 1998, Olga immigrated to the United States where she became a licensed Quality Assurance Engineer. At eighteen, she joined a team at Microsoft, which focused on testing MSNTV units. A life long passion for art and freedom of creativity led Olga to change her life radically and pursue a future in Architecture. She is now a full time student working towards a Bachelors Degree in Architecture at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a part-time architectural intern at Group 41.
Olga enjoys her time as a mother to her beautiful baby girl, Katherina, accompanied by her yellow English Labrador, Flint. Her ongoing passion is to travel the globe and explore the places she has always dreamed of.
ducation began early with an upbringing in a builder-oriented family and later matured with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. His experience at Cal Poly included a one year study abroad program in Florence, Italy where he not only soaked up art, design and the humanities but also pored over plates of pasta and refined his tomato sauce making skills. Post-graduation, Bryan worked with Studios Architecture, San Francisco on large scale shell and core projects for both corporate and developer clients. He gained further experience with a partnership in a well-established residential firm in Marin County, developing custom homes and remodels for a variety of clients. In 2007, Bryan earned his architecture license, and continues to love designing and building beautiful spaces.
In addition to his career, Bryan enjoys life with his wife Susannah and their adorable daughter, Zoey. He spends his free time surfing, sailing competitively, and making his family his famous homemade spaghetti bolognese.
Jane Wu, LEED AP, has a diverse interest in the field of architecture and its related disciplines. She was trained intensely as an architect for more than five years, mainly at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP and STUDIOS Architecture. She earned her B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley; and obtained a Masters Degree in Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Other than having a passion for commercial buildings, she also enjoys the intimacy of smaller scale residential projects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family; outdoor activities; admiring arts and performance; and participating in community services.