The San Francisco Shipyard/Candlestick Park
This thriving masterplan provided 750 acres of prime San Francisco, mixed-used development, creating a series of interconnected, open-space neighbourhoods, and the architectural design of a collaborative studio space for North America’s largest artist community.
LocationSan Francisco, CA
Growing alongside the booming Bay
A project reflective of San Francisco’s greatest period of creative and economic prosperity, IBI Group successfully led the master planning for the San Francisco Shipyard/Candlestick Park on the city’s waterfronts, defining a new community that provides:
- 12,000 new housing units
- 4.3 million square feet of R&D, office and maker space
- Nearly 1 million square feet of retail and entertainment space
- A 10,000 seat performance arena
- 255,000 sq. ft. of artist studios and gallery space
- 100,000 sq. ft. of community facilities
The site is defined by its open-space design; nearly half the area is comprised of interconnected park systems, waterfront promenades along historic dry-docks, sports fields, grasslands, and protected wildlife habitats. Our master plan also included design standards and mobility strategies for all modes of transportation, including a BRT route connecting both sites to San Francisco’s surrounding rail network.
Following the successful completion of the area’s master plan, IBI Group was retained to design the Shipyard Artists’ Studio. This new home for creativity offers a collaborative share-space for hundreds of artists previously occupying decommissioned Naval facilities. The new space includes a five-story, 89,000 square foot building with over 57,000 square feet of studio space, providing the right conditions for a diverse group of fine arts inhabitants including metal and material artists, writers, musicians and woodworkers.
The ground-oriented studios sit at street-level anchored by a plaza with large overhead sliding doors, inviting the artists to spill out into the front-facing areas so the public can easily engage with their work. A dedicated gallery space, kiln and spray booths accompany other amenities that unite these creative minds in a manner that holds true to San Francisco’s rich artistic roots.
David Thom is President of IBI Group Inc. and IBI Group, responsible for providing executive leadership with a particular focus on managing and leading the firm’s multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He specializes in the planning and design of complex projects that integrate planning, architecture and transportation. He has had senior responsibility for many major urban development projects across Canada, in the United States and internationally, including public / private partnerships and private finance initiatives.
Mr. Thom joined the firm in 1975 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).
Director, Landscape Architect
Stuart Jones is head of the Vancouver-based urban design practice. Trained in landscape architecture, his professional experience spans over 20 years and includes work on both the development and the planning sides of the business. His projects have ranged from downtown infill sites to large master planned communities in locations across North America, Asia, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. He is skilled at creating a compelling story and sense of place for projects, which he communicates through drawings, standards, guidelines, and zoning. He has a strong understanding of the key issues affecting development including building types, street design, transit, servicing and the public realm, and he is an effective manager of the specialists in these fields.
Jeffrey Mok is an award-winning senior designer with over 30 years of experience designing and managing architectural projects. Jeffrey also specializes in multimedia projects and computer graphics. He has produced a variety of videos and interactive projects in conjunction with his architectural design work.