Awards & Publications

Joel M. Karr (Principal, Owner) is an award winning, California licensed architect with certification from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) for practice in all 50 US States. He holds a Masters' Degree in Architecture from UCLA and a Bachelor's degree from Oberlin College. Joel has over 25 years of experience, with built works in 5 countries and on 3 Continents. His history includes designing noteworthy projects with some of the worlds' most renowned architectural firms, including Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects of New York, and CF Murphy/Helmut Jahn of Chicago, as well as with firms overseas. Joel's project work has included large scale corporate and commercial projects in a wide variety of project types as well as smaller residential designs.

The Architects Newspaper (2010)
Group 41 Studio Visit

LUXE (2010)
H House

California Home and Design (2009)
H House

Builder Magazine (2009)

San Francisco Examiner (2009)
25th Street

Container Architecture-Stacked for Success (2009)
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine

Group 41 and Container Nation on Arch Daily (2009)

Custom Builder Magazine (2009)
"Thought leader" column written by Joel M. Karr

Builder Magazine (2009)
House and Barn

Lifecycle Building Challenge (2008)
Shipping Containers

Environmental Design + Construction (2008)
Three Twins Ice Cream

Innovative Home (2008)
Gough Street

San Francisco Chronicle Feature (2007)
Profile of Joel Karr and Group 41's work

The Smaller Home (2006)
28th Street

Cliffhangers and Hillside Homes (2006)
House on a Lake

Palo Alto Architectural Review Board Award of Merit (2005)
2475 Hanover Office Building. One of only 5 awards given over a 10-year period.

Tilt-Up Concrete Association Award of Merit (2003)
TIBCO Headquarters

Interior Design Magazine (January 1999)
Deloitte Consulting Office Interior Design. "Time Sharing"

Zenitaka National Design Award (1993)
Tokyo Gas New Re-Training Center. Tsurumi-Cho, Tokyo, Japan.