Alexandra Sheets Saikley
Alexandra enjoys practicing architecture for the opportunity to explore detailed design, solve complex problems, and develop a personal connection with clients. She has well-developed skills in consensus-building with user groups and neighborhood groups, which especially benefits the firm’s larger work. Alexandra also has an in-depth knowledge of historic preservation, and expertise in adapting historic structures to current use while maintaining their integrity.
Prior to founding Saikley Architects, Alexandra gained experience in a broad range and scale of project types including single-family homes, live-work spaces, multi-unit housing, mixed-use developments, childcare centers, schools, social service centers, churches, civic buildings, commercial spaces, restaurants, and hospitals. Design for children—architecture, interiors, and custom children’s furniture—has been a particular area of focus.
Her hands-on understanding of building comes from working on the renovation of two of her own Craftsman homes. Alexandra also teaches Qigong and Breema, practices which bring a balance to her life and, in turn, support her architectural practice. She lives in Alameda with her husband and two sons.
Masters in Architecture, UC Berkeley
BA in Architecture, M.I.T. / Wellesley College
Photography: ©Alexandra Sheets Saikley