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"Architecture to save the world."


Jeffrey Heller, FAIA


Jeffrey Heller, FAIA is President of Heller Manus Architects. He founded the firm in 1984. He is a leader in the profession and green movement with some of the first sustainable architecture and large scale urban planning projects in the US and China, including the first LEED Gold office towers in San Francisco and Shanghai; the first LEED Platinum neighborhood development master plan; and sustainable/livable master plans for Guangzhou's North and South Axes, Shanghai's Yangpu Waterfront, and Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia. His work in China often now involves high speed rail land use implications.

Jeffrey serves on several boards, including the Bay Area Council, Asia Society, Green Growth Leaders' Council (based in Copenhagen), ChinaSF Advisory Board, ULI Leadership Council, Past President of California Architects Board and of AsiaSF, Bay Bridge Design Advisory Panel, and Lambda Alpha International Honorary Land Use Organization. Jeffrey is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Green Growth Leaders' Council, based in Copenhagen
Honorary Citizen of Ulanhot, Inner Mongolia
Yangpu Senior Urban Development Consultant, Bay Area Council
Advisory Board Member, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
Advisory Board Member, Asia Society
Guest Instructor, University of California, Berkeley


Master of Science, Architecture and Urban Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Science, Architecture and Urban Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Citizen's Advisory Panel
Lambda Alpha International

Awards of Note

Guangzhou South Axis
2011 Guangdong Lingnan Characteristic Planning Award, Bronze Award

Guangzhou North Axis
2009 Guangdong Planning Institute Award, First and Second Prize Winner

The Terraces at EmeryStation
2003 PCBC Best Apartment Project

275 Sacramento Street
2002 Gold Nugget Award, Award of Merit, Best Office Development

555 Mission Street
2001 San Francisco Beauty Contest Winner

Armenian Earthquake Task Force
1990 AIA National Award, Citation for Excellence in Urban Design

Fun Facts

  • Owns a fully operable amusement size train in his backyard
  • Pizza Connoisseur


Dreams of being a Formula 1 Race Car Driver!