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Mr. Jeff Oberdorfer, FAIA, CDS

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Santa Cruz, CA


Jeff Oberdorfer FAIA, CDS, LEED Fellow. Former Executive Director of First Community Housing, a Public Benefit, Non-Profit Affordable Housing Developer in San Jose, CA. As Executive Director of FCH, Jeff built the firm into a nationally recognized pioneer in the development of sustainable, affordable housing. FCH's impressive record of architecturally significant, sustainable affordable housing in the Silicon Valley has been recognized through multiple local, state and national awards, including an AIA/COTE 2009 Top Green Projects Award, an AIA National Housing Award, an AIA California Chapter "Community Housing Honor Assistance Award"​, Boston Society of Architects John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing, a USGBC "Super Heroes"​ Award and the State of California GEELA Award for Sustainability. As ED at FCH Jeff developed the first "set-aside" in California for Developmentally Disabled tenants--which is now a core value in all FCH developments.

Jeff has served as a juror on the national AIA/HUD Housing Awards and on the Cradle to Cradle International Ideas Competition. Jeff is a frequent speaker at national conferences on Housing, Sustainability and integrating special needs populations. Jeff is a member of the SPUR San Jose Policy Board and Housing Advisory Committee. Jeff served on the USGBC 2015 LEED Fellows Selection Committee. He is an expert Integrated Design Team Leader.

Jeff has significant Non-Profit, Executive Management skills exemplified by his leadership as Executive Director of First Community Housing, Principal Architect and Manager of the San Jose Redevelopment Agency Urban Design Studio.

Consultation in: Multifamily Affordable Housing, Incorporating Special Needs Tenants in Multifamily Housing, Urban Design and Design Review, and Social Equity in Design.

Job History

University of San Francisco, School of Art & Architecture
Adjunct Professor
August 2016 - present

Jeff Oberdorfer FAIA: Housing and Development Consulting
January 2015 - present

First Community Housing
Executive Director
San Jose, CA, United States
May 2000 - May 2015

City of San Jose Redevelopment Agency
Principal Architect
San Jos, CA, United States
August 1995 - April 2000

Honors and Awards

LEED Fellow


  • Indoor Air Quality Consulting
  • Urban Design Services


  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)