Jim GORING.  Jim brings to the firm a commitment to excellence in design, and a deep joy in working with people. He is particularly adept at working with complex public and cultural user groups typical of the projects he directs. Jim's infectious energy and openness are evident in his work with involved stakeholders, and he enjoys finding the kernel of value in challenging circumstances that can give a public project direction and legs.


Jim developed a profound respect for the land as an associate at the late William Turnbull’s office in San Francisco. That respect includes a commitment to sustainable design principles, beginning with common sense and extending to the use of materials and energy technologies that can help our buildings live more lightly on the earth. Jim's commitment to excellence has been recognized by numerous design awards.​​

André STRAJA.  André has led Goring & Straja’s competition efforts, winning commissions for housing, resort, cultural, and commercial projects with rigorous designs that create compelling visions, with clear ideas and dynamic spaces. A member of the AIA, and registered as a licensed architect in Texas and California, André’s experience in both architectural and interior projects spans over 25 years. André holds a B.A. and B.Arch from Rice University. Prior to founding Goring & Straja he worked with Gensler & Associates (Houston and San Francisco), William Turnbull & Associates (San Francisco), as well as for Antonio Citterio (Milan). He was also creative director of Studios Architecture (Paris), an international firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, and Paris. André is renowned for his expertise in workplace design, interiors in general, and new office building construction. André brings extraordinary drive to our work, and a commitment to meaningful collaboration with our clients.​​​


Douglas’s commitment to design excellence extends throughout his practice. He is equally adept sketching design solutions in the studio and discussing the best way to approach a construction detail with a veteran craftsman.  This deep understanding of all aspects of design and construction makes him a valuable designer, leader and teacher.  


Whether working with clients or jointly leading the Berkeley or Sonoma studios, Douglas is a “hands-on” collaborator. Clients say that he transforms their ideas and aspirations into built form – combining creativity in exploring design options with an understanding of how they must respond to the uniqueness of context. Colleagues are inspired and motivated by his dedication to great design.


Lenka is one of the most prominent figures of the studio. She has been part of our team since the creation of Goring&Straja Architects in 1997, and became a partner in 2010. 


As marketing manager, Lenka oversees the management and development of new business and takes care of all customer contacts. She also follows the administration of the company.​​​


Giacomo is an architect with over 20 years of experience, and is sensitive to issues of design and management. His research comes from the study of applied arts; sculpture in particular influences his approach to all the themes of architecture and industrial design. Giacomo has been part of the Goring&Straja team since 1999, and became a partner in 2008. 

In 2011 Giacomo founded O.I.L., a parallel universe of Goring&Straja Studio Milano, with the idea of exploring the transversality of different disciplines related to design and image. Deep knowledge of the use of materials and technologies has enabled him to follow a number of challenges in the production of products for design firms.

About Goring & Straja Architects
Goring and Straja Architects was established in 1996 with offices in Italy and California.  Firm activity includes planning, architecture and interior design, providing integrated solutions to a broad range of clients.  Managed in Italy by André Straja and in California by Jim Goring, the group works collaboratively with both private and public entities to create effective and meaningful solutions for retail, educational, hospitality, housing and institutional projects.