Our Sketching Group is made up of architects and designers who gather every month in different locations throughout the Bay Area. We work on our sketching skills using the built environment like buildings, streets as our subject matter, and so on and share our experience with each other. Our group was formed in 2012, by me "Sassan Pedramrazi, AIA" to help young architects, designers and students to sketch and design their concepts and ideas on the paper and make visual conversation in their professional field.
Santana Row derives its name from Frank M. Santana, who served on San Jose's planning commission in the 1950s and is also the namesake for the area's Frank M. Santana Park. The site was previously a Town and Country Village.
The 42-acre "village within a city" was developed as a luxury, mixed residential and shopping district between[masked], for a cost of $450 million, and was at the time regarded as "the most ambitious project of its kind in the United States". In 2010, it was called "an arguably successful mixed-use development".
Santana Row continued to expand in 2016. Santana Row has a population of 24,196 within a one-mile radius and 740,000 within the 5-mile (daytime) trade zone.
His collaborative design effort earned Santana Row two major awards, the CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award in 2004, and Builder Magazine's Project of the Year in 2003.
The design team, including SB Architects, BAR Architects, Steinberg Architects, and landscape architects The SWA Group and April Philips Design Works, worked on behalf of the project developers, Federal Realty Investment Trust.