Having a father as an architect and general contractor gave Jef a front row seat at an early age to the construction industry. Jef was able to get hands on experience working in his father’s office performing such tasks as model building and drafting for numerous projects from new churches to residential remodels. To buck the inevitable path Jef spent a few years at College of Marin in the liberal arts department with the goal to be an artist. Fortunately the art work was not as good as the architectural renderings and the decision to pursue a degree in architecture was forged. Acceptance to the School of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo was the spring board to a lifelong appreciation and respect for the profession.
After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1980, Jef worked in an electrical engineers office in the central coast area for a short time then moved back to the bay area and worked again for his father where he further developed his design, production and administrative skills. Jef then worked with IDG Architects in Oakland working on numerous large scale projects from BART corridor planning to the City Center project in downtown Oakland, California. Jef received his license to practice architecture in 1986 and in 1987 Jef’s younger brother Peder Jens Pedersen, ASLA landscape architect also from Cal Poly and his father an architect and graduate of the University of Washington formed Pedersen Architects and JJJ Company the construction arm of the firm and worked out of San Rafael, California. For the next ten years they developed numerous churches, residential, commercial and tenant improvement projects throughout the bay area.
In 1996, Jef opened his own firm, JRP Architect working from his office in the Oakland Hills. The firm has remained small and projects are now mainly medical outpatient in nature. For the past forteen years Jef was the building architect for a large medical office building in Oakland which had numerous tenant improvement project in various stages at any one time. To keep it fresh the occasional custom residential project or new medical office building fills in the voids. The latest challenge is converting an existing 45,000 sf office building to medical use. The first phase was the approval of the minor use permit to convert to medical use. We are now addressing the site ADA upgrades and developing the lease spaces for numerous medical practitioner's as well as a 9,000 sf ground floor out patient surgery center. Another challenging project is a new 7,500 sf out patient surgery center in San Francisco. With his team of seasoned and battle tested consultants Jef looks forward to the on going challenges in the upcoming months. .