Who We Are


Square Feet Studio is an award-winning architecture, planning and design firm based in Atlanta. We make every square foot of our designs smart, simple and sustainable by using resources that minimize the impact of our work on the environment and maximize its benefit for future generations. We create beautiful spaces that last a long time. Our team members come from a variety of backgrounds in architecture, interior design, fine arts and urban planning. We work collaboratively, matching our unique skills and experience to every project. We strive to make the design and construction process a rewarding experience for our clients. We love learning about what inspires them and watching our shared visions come to life.

OUR PEOPLE


John Bencich

John is the founding principal of Square Feet Studio and an architect with over 20 years of experience designing new uses for old buildings. He has been an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, as well as Southern Polytechnic State University. His commitment to the profession is highlighted by his years of volunteer work with the American Institute of Architects, serving as the Atlanta chapter President in 2012. His work has been recognized for design excellence by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission, Urban Land Institute, International Interior Design Association and the AIA. John's an avid baseball fan, and enjoys camping, hiking and kayaking. If he weren't an architect, he'd be a park ranger.

Vivian Bencich

Vivian and her husband John founded Square Feet Studio in 2001, with the desire to seamlessly combine interior design and architecture in one distinctive practice.  As a registered interior designer with a background in architecture, her work strives to honor the relationship between interior design and the larger context of a building's history and urban environment. Vivian received a Masters of Architecture from Georgia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and French from Vanderbilt University. A skilled list maker and confirmed luddite, she enjoys guiding clients through the design process with determination, passion, and humor.

Blake Burton

Blake is a licensed architect and earned his master’s from Georgia Tech in 2009, where he won first prize in an international student design competition. He was also a finalist for the Masters Prize competition for his thesis on the relationship between architecture and photography. Before joining us, Blake worked at Urban Design Group and the City of Atlanta’s Enterprise Asset Management office. When not practicing architecture, he pursues his other passion, photography. His multi-year project documenting the renovation of Ponce City Market has attracted both local and national attention. Blake earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was also a member of their Division I baseball team.

Luke Wilkinson

Luke, a native Atlantan, earned dual master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning from Georgia Tech and brings a range of project experience to Square Feet Studio.  From the design of future cities in China’s Pearl River delta region to the expansion of a residence in Atlanta, he’s interested in the potential that a strong conceptual idea brings to a project and is committed to seeing it through to the smallest detail. When he’s not at Square Feet Studio you can find him exploring his Old Fourth Ward neighborhood or seeking out spicy cold noodles along Buford Highway.

 

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer is a Georgia-native and long-time Atlanta resident. She developed a deep connection to the city while earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Interior Design from Georgia State University and a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech. Jennifer’s background in art, interior design, and architecture informs her approach to every project, no matter the type or scale. Her portfolio includes large scale public art installations, award-winning residences, custom light fixtures, and hospitality interior design and architecture. Jennifer lives in an old shotgun house in South Atlanta where she dreams about desert road trips, basset hounds, the Georgia coast, and pinch pots.

Holden Spaht

Holden is an architectural and urban designer who has worked on a variety of project types throughout his career--from a master planned resort in Mexico while working at EDAW to a 4,000-unit residential complex in Istanbul with Perkins+Will to a restaurant patio on Atlanta’s Beltline when he was our summer intern.  His work and interests span the disciplines of landscape, architecture, and interiors, with a special focus on adaptive reuse.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Georgia and Master’s degrees in both architecture and city planning from Georgia Tech.  His design approach is informed by a sensitivity to physical, cultural, and historical context and he is particularly skilled at bridging multiple scales in a project’s design resolution.  Holden’s actively involved in his East Atlanta neighborhood, enjoys traveling with his wife, Christa, and making up silly songs about their short-legged possum dog, Nellie.

Laura Jenkins

Laura is a registered interior designer whose design philosophy is influenced by her passion for art, history and literature. With her highly attuned eye and knowledge of historical context, she's able to quickly hone in on a project’s design aesthetic and capture its true spirit. She’s worked on a variety of retail, corporate and hospitality projects and has broadened her restaurant experience while at Square Feet Studio, resulting in several award-winning projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts with concentrations in interior design and art history from Georgia State University and was honored as an IIDA breakout designer in 2014. Ask Laura about her standard poodle, Louis XIV.

Sean Fowler

Sean is an architectural designer and recent graduate of Georgia Tech’s undergraduate architecture program, and has a special interest in spaces that address their context in meaningful ways. With previous commercial and multi-family design experience, he hopes to learn a lot from his coworkers at Square Feet Studio while also bringing his own skills and expertise to projects. On the weekends, Sean can be found on his bicycle or cooking crêpes at the Grant Park Farmers Market.

Logan Patterson

Logan is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University. Throughout his years in school, he’s developed a deep interest in connecting the abstract and unexpected within the periphery of traditional architectural environments. He hopes to provide a fresh perspective to the team while also eagerly learning from his peers. Logan enjoys all things Atlanta and is excited to have a chance to impact some of the transformations taking place in the city. In his spare time he can be found taking in a Hawks game or playing a round of golf at one of the local courses.