The Firm

Jochum Architects is a full service architectural firm established in 1988. The husband and wife principals each bring more than 35 years of experience to their clients, specializing in fine residential and select commercial projects of all sizes and budgets.
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The People

  • Portrait of Dave Jochum

    Dave Jochum

    Dave graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1981 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and began his career in San Francisco at the firm of HOK, then the largest architecture and engineering firm in the world. His first five years saw him working intimately with project designers on high rise office buildings, airports, convention centers, hotels, and town centers around the world before becoming a project designer himself for two more years. He then spent a year at MBT designing medical and industrial projects before venturing out on his own and into the world of single family residential architecture.

    As his previous clients included Chevron Research and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he was lacking a base from which to launch a residential practice. His solution was to buy, renovate, and sell two Marin County houses. Wearing a tool belt, he met contractors, real estate agents, residential engineers, and learned the ropes of dealing with the Bay Area permitting processes.

    Dave has worked in BIM (Building Information Modeling) since 1990, the 3D computer based design and production platform. BIM is a very powerful tool for architectural design and visualization and is the future of the profession.

  • Portrait of Maureen Jochum

    Maureen Jochum

    Maureen graduated from Cal Poly SLO in 1981 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and began her career in San Francisco at the firm of Pike/Gentry Assoc. Stints at BAR, RMW, and TWM gave her a wide breadth of experience ranging from commercial tenant development to single- and multi-family residential projects, live performance theater, health care facilities, and high-rise office buildings.

    In 1989 she joined her husband to form Jochum Architects. Since then, they have designed more than 300 custom residential projects primarily in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, and San Francisco counties, but also through out the SF Bay Area and Lake Tahoe.

Our Process

Jochum Architects is dedicated to the creation of unique, dynamic environments born of the needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences of the client. Dave and Maureen take joy in working in a wide range of architectural styles, from traditional to modern and the creative blending of forms.

A successful project results from the close collaboration of a talented team–architect, designers, engineers, and contractors–working with the client. This team is formed early in the design process to ensure a cohesive, efficient development through design, planning and building department approvals, and construction.


Full Architectural Services

Architecture and Interior Design for new houses, ADUs (accessory dwelling units), additions, and renovations. We work in all architectural styles, project sizes, and budgets.

Site Analysis

Analysis of development potential.

Feasibility Studies

Pre-purchase analysis for replacement (tear down), expansion, and remodeling focusing on process explanation, governmental allowances and restrictions, scheduling and timeframes, and budgeting.


For any architectural purpose.

Contact Us

We are located in Novato off Highway 37 in Greenpoint. Come visit us!

7 Anton Way Novato, CA 94945

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