We're interested in all kinds of practice. That's why we created OVERARCH. Architecture bridges disciplines, and an overarching practice model grants us many hats.
The core of our business is fee design. OVERARCH is an architecture firm. We accept commissions for architectural, interior and urban scale design, both commercial and residential. A second model is design build. We finance and construct architectural projects, again both commercial and residential. A third practice is development service. Our office acts as project developer and contracts design services separately from its own production. A fourth is research. We actively pursue grants, fellowships and awards for topics including sustainability, technology and urban development.
OVERARCH seeks a creative approach based on collaboration, inventiveness and an open mind. Each project offers an opportunity to conceptualize how design can help our clients achieve their goals.
OVERARCH principals Evan Jenkins and Meg Fain were trained at Harvard and in the offices of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. They are registered design professionals, members of the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute, and accredited by the US Green Building Council and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. They have participated as design critics at the Cooper Union and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Their projects have been featured in SOM Journal, GSD Studio Works, Arch Daily and on Curbed. They live and work between Los Angeles and New York.
Meg brings a long program of design expertise, including work at different project scales, to her role as co-founder at OVERARCH. She spent eight years studying architecture at the University of Virginia and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, supplying talent to partners from the General Services Administration, with whom she evolved a prototype for border stations, to the National Park Service, for whom she proposed a drought-conscious resort on the shore of Lake Mead. She consistently pursues the modular and systematic, applying kit-of-parts logic to furniture lines and regional infrastructure alike. While studying, Meg was apprentice to several innovation-forward practices, including Weiss Manfredi Architects and Rios Clementi Hale. These multidisciplinary offices furthered her interest in working between fields of urban, landscape, and product design. Following her work at Harvard, Meg rose to prominence as an interiors architect in the offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM). There, working closely with studio partner Steven Apking, she led the design of projects ranging from financial services headquarters to luxury apartments and hotels. Home in her native California, she doesn't struggle under the crown.
Evan delivers a breadth of academic and professional experience to design practice at OVERARCH. His career grows from a study of cultural history, first at liberal arts college, then via a master's degree in history and theory at the Architectural Association. Following this critical education, Evan began studio work at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, during which he honed an interest in cities and urban infill. On finishing at Harvard, Evan joined the New York offices of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM). There, working with studio director Scott Duncan, he led the design of high-profile urban projects, including the award-winning King Abdullah Financial District Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Following this design role, Evan joined the management group at SOM to better understand the business of architecture. He has the unique perspective of being both architect and developer for several projects, including a 4,500 square foot mixed-use renovation in New York and a multifamily property currently being finished in Hollywood. Through these self-directed examples, Evan has gained knowledge of construction management, debt financing and pervasive local authority. Currently based in Los Angeles, he always looks to the sky.