Jeff Gaines AIA, NCARB

Jeff has been with HighCraft Builders since 2013. He has a B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his Master of Architecture from the UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design. Jeff has worked for leading architectural firms such as Johannes Cohen Collaborative in St. Louis, Davis Square Architects in Boston, Robin Chiang & Co in San Francisco, Laguarda.Low+Tanamachi in Tokyo and McKay Architecture now located in Wellington, New Zealand. Jeff is a hard-working perfectionist who isn’t satisfied until every client is happy, and he won’t stop until he gets it right. As our in-house architect, he produces the important construction drawings, permit drawings and early phase 3-D renderings before interior selections are made. Jeff drafts the architectural “bones” for each remodel, and his construction experience and insight strengthens his designs.

“I appreciate the variety of expertise on the HighCraft team, and everyone is dedicated to making clients happy. Even though the company is extremely well organized, streamlined and responsive, HighCraft is constantly working to improve the process and customer experience.” – Jeff

LIKES: The Rocky Mountains, playing hockey, a good bowl of green chili, and building things with his hands.

DISLIKES: Big egos, drivers who speed up to get to a red light, and sarcastically chastising yourself aloud in the third person (“Smooth move, Jeff!” he says to himself).

More than meets the eye:
Jeff worked for an architecture firm in Tokyo for three years before earning his master’s degree at Berkeley. While in Japan, he loved exploring the city, gardens and temples with his wife Anne, and he got to know the “bowl of spaghetti” subway system like nobody’s business.

“Jeff was great in listening to our needs then turning the design into a beautiful and functional space. I love the little touches he added like having the log in the corner of the bunk room. He is also very kind and friendly and easy to be around. I appreciate his effort to provide what we wanted while staying within a reasonable budget.” – Julie and Russ