Javier Arizmendi is a design director with SOM’s San Francisco office. His diverse portfolio includes work in the United States, Asia, and Latin America. Since joining SOM in 1994, Arizmendi has worked on a variety of project types, from academic, science, and technology buildings to public and civic institutions, mixed-use high-rises, and transportation facilities.
Arizmendi’s interests reside in an architecture where the integration of building systems, technology, and a sense of place are clearly expressed, as exemplified in the Poly Real Estate Headquarters in Guangzhou. Arizmendi’s work on the San Diego Courthouse and the University of California Los Angeles Teaching and Learning Center for Health Sciences reflect a conviction for architecture that is fully engaged with the city, enriching the public realm by leveraging and activating the social spaces within a building as natural extensions of the city. His master planning work includes the Treasure Island Master Plan in San Francisco and Beijing Finance Street, which was recognized with the Global and Asia Pacific Awards of Excellence by the Urban Land Institute.