Oblio Jenkins is a design principal at Pacassa Studio (PS), a collaborative design-build studio in West Oakland CA. PS has been producing distinctive, custom furniture, architectural details and interiors in the Bay Area for the last 30 years. Prior to working with PS, Oblio was a senior designer at Sand Studios, a San Francisco multidisciplinary design-build firm with a primary focus on metal fabrication. While working at Sand Studios, several of his projects received awards (two AIA awards; SF Chapter, Excellence in Interior Architecture Honor Award & Excellence in Design Merit Award) and were published: (7x7 Magazine, Architectural Record and Interior Design).
Oblio received a BArch degree with distinction from CCA(C). During his architectural training, he had the fortunate opportunity to spend a summer in Tokyo, Japan and commuted daily to Kamakura where he worked for a small architecture firm and honed his drafting ability by drawing residential construction sets by hand. Additionally, he was profoundly impacted by the craftsmanship and physical presence of the Shinto shrine and Buddhist temple architecture and was introduced to the ways in which the sacred is articulated in ritual and in form. Oblio also studied sculpture and glass blowing at CCA(C). During that time, he participated in an artist in residence program in Tallinn, Estonia and worked as an apprentice with a glass artist in Germany both experiences culminated in exhibits of the work he created.
Oblio began teaching at CCA in 2006 and has taught in both the Architecture and Furniture departments. He was the studio faculty lead for the 2009 Solar Decathlon where the CCA/SCU team placed 1st in Architecture and 3rd overall. Additionally, Oblio has taught a series of design build sponsored studios in collaboration with a variety of partners including: Dave Eggers and McSweeny’s, California Academy Of Sciences, Walmart.com, For-Site Foundation and the Mission Economic Development Association.
Adjunct Professor, Architecture