Local Architects Have Big Plans

Steve and Jose

Steve Pasion (left) and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 when they opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture.
Photo by Shaunna Boyd

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture

By Shaunna Boyd
Posted: 12/4/2014 – Carmichael Times

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) – Steve Pasion and Jose Enriquez both had a common goal to one day start their own architecture firm; they had been practicing at other architecture firms since the mid-1990s. Pasion and Enriquez met as colleagues at a small firm in Sacramento in 1999 and developed a friendship. They began collaborating in joint venture projects in 2010 and shortly after opened their own architecture firm: Pasion & Enriquez Architecture. In 2013, they opened their Carmichael office located at 7411 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Suite A2.

When asked what drew each of them to architecture, Enriquez said, “In grade school, I didn’t know what an architect was. When I looked it up in the encyclopedia, it sounded so unique. The thought of making that idea a reality was really exciting.”

Pasion said he first learned of architecture from watching movies, “When I was little, I thought about what I might want to be. Since I liked to draw, I thought I could someday do what an architect does.”

Before opening their own firm, Pasion and Enriquez gained a lot of experience working at other architecture firms. Pasion said, “I think having worked at small to large firms and being involved in a diverse range of projects has helped us develop a unique set of skills. In addition to traditional architecture, we have experience in construction management, estimating, and forensic architecture.”

When asked about some of the most influential or significant projects they have worked on, Enriquez explained that one his favorite projects was a renovation project in Midtown Sacramento, “It was a two-story brick building in a retail complex and was my first building design that was actually built.”
Pasion said one of his favorite projects was a social services building in Woodland. The firm where he worked at the time was very busy, so he was able to oversee almost every aspect of the project as project manager. He represented the firm at the project meetings and loved being part of the design process.

Another significant project for Pasion was working on the Terminal B project at Sacramento International Airport, “The design was so stylized, it would have been impossible to build such a structure 20 years ago. It’s amazing what the advancements in technology and 3D imaging have allowed us to create. There was actually an on-site office at the airport, so I was able to watch the progress as it was built each day. It was a marvel to watch.”

Pasion & Enriquez Architecture has many upcoming projects, including a few commercial buildings in El Dorado Hills, some retail and restaurant projects in Midtown, and many tenant improvement projects (which involve renovating existing buildings by designing the interior space) in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties. One current project they are very excited to be working on is a commercial/retail building in El Dorado Hills, “It’s in a highly visible location and can be seen from the freeway. We’ve actually designed it to look like a winery from the outside,” said Enriquez.

Future plans for the firm include expanding their office space and their office personnel. They currently have a team of professionals working under their direction but plan to have even more staff positions available in the coming years.

“We are down to earth, and we both love to help others through friendly service and great design. We consider our clients to be our friends and love to go the extra mile to make them happy,” said Pasion.

“We work hard to do whatever benefits the project in the best way. We strive to do more than just meet the client’s expectations, we want to exceed expectations. We build relationships with our clients and follow up to ensure satisfaction,” said Enriquez.

It was a risk for them to leave their established architecture firms and venture out on their own. But the risk paid off, because owning their own firm allows them to have more creative control of the projects. They have created a complementary partnership in which each motivates and supports the other. They both wear many hats in the firm; they each bring in new business, create project designs, and administer the construction of the projects. Their partnership is extremely collaborative, and they enjoy each other’s company.

Aside from their passion for architecture and client satisfaction, they do have outside interests as well. Pasion loves spending time with his nine-year-old son, enjoys salsa dancing and playing basketball, and loves to cook. Enriquez enjoys watching his son play soccer and basketball, enjoys playing the saxophone and playing poker (especially when he is winning high-paying tournaments), and he is a serious foodie.

For professional services from Pasion & Enriquez Architecture, please visit www.pasionenriquez.com or call (916) 993-8886.