Nancy Goldenberg




San Francisco


P 628.220.4450

Growing up, Nancy didn’t know exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up, but knew she wanted to help people. She eventually expressed an interest in architecture but was told that girls couldn’t be architects. Luckily, she learned that was not the case by the time she went to college. Today, Nancy is a veteran architect and architectural historian who guides historic building owners through their projects, honoring both the place and the people represented.

Nancy has worked on notable architectural projects such as the San Francisco City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House and Veterans Building, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Stanley Mosk Library & Courts, and the California State Capitol. She has also assisted numerous building owners with smaller rehabilitations of treasured historic structures built for the community, such as Bing Kong Tong, a Chinese American community center, and Kezar  Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. As an architectural historian, she prepared National Register Nominations for the Union Iron Works Shipyard at Pier 70 and the South San Francisco Sign.

The Nevada Test Site—a prolific Cold War nuclear testing site—is one of her noteworthy projects. It was an experience she’ll never forget. Nancy spent more than 20 years as a consultant there, documenting many structures. She was once held at gunpoint by guards because her colleague forgot to bring her paperwork.

Get to know Nancy

What do you like to do outside of work?

I enjoy yoga, reading, cooking, and exploring San Francisco. I also enjoy learning languages. When the German Consulate project began, I worked hard to learn German. I’ve decided that my next language will be Spanish since I just learned of a Spanish-language thriller featuring my grandfather as the title character.

What is the best part of your job?

Rummaging around in dilapidated old buildings to try to uncover their secrets, and then seeing them transformed at the end.

What is an interesting fact not many people know about you?

My parents were both immigrants. My mom came from Latvia, and my dad came from China. And I have more relatives abroad than in the U.S.

Notable projects

Jesse Unruh Building Treanor Justice design studio

Jesse Unruh Building Rehabilitation

Sacramento, CA

Photo showing the California State Capitol South Portico after it was repaired.

California State Capitol South Portico Repairs

Sacramento, CA

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