About / Statement

Juke is a spatial designer and a visual artist. He was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. He migrated to the US through San Francisco, CA and is currently based in New York City.

Juke works in an architectural, spatial, and object-oriented practice weaving in kapwa, a core indigenous Filipino psychology that is “a recognition of shared identity, an inner self shared with others” (Enriquez 2004). Kapwa becomes the framework in which he operates in, alongside cultural research and architectural methods to reclaim from underrepresented and misrepresented narratives.

Through his work, he attempts to deepen the way we understand one’s interconnectedness to their community, culture, place, environment, and history helping us navigate a course of healing from (colonial and imperial) trauma. His intent is to harbor feelings through mixed media and assembled installations borrowing from domestic and cultural images, spaces, places and things revealing the value in our history and celebrating the beauty of our living.

Juke graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture. In 2020, he co-founded NOMASAAU to create space for minority architecture students at Academy of Art University and beyond. He is an alumnus of Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California's Bay Area Housing Internship Program (BAHIP) where he worked at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) as a housing development assistant project manager. He was an architectural designer at Haddock Studio. In 2021, Juke led Partial, a design practice working in space, objects and furniture. His first artistic project was a public mural in his adoptive home of Excelsior district in San Francisco. Juke’s latest installation was exhibited at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2021: Embrace and continues to be exhibited throughout San Francisco.  

2023 It hurts to say goodbye
2022 Until we opened our eyes
2021 Time has brought us together
2021 An act of mutual understanding
2019 Here, Elsewhere
2017 Nawawala; Missing

Architecture, Academic

2021 From Individualism to Kapwa
2020 South Berkeley Commons (N/A)
2020 900 Innes
2020 SFMOCA (N/A)
2019 Wayfinding
2019 Building Path
2018 Life is a Drag Theater

Architecture & Design, Partial*

2023– Breathing Room
2023– A-P (Advanced Placement)
2022– Western Avenue Loft

2022– Furniture / Objects
2022 Two Two Gallery-Shop
2022 Adolescence Leaves

Architecture & Design, Haddock Studio**

2022 Chavez Roof Terrace
2022 MoMA x Baggu Pop-Up
2021 Baggu Display Fixtures
2021– Temescal Kitchen and Landscape
2020– Eagle’s Nest Cabin
2019– Cabin in the Woods


a. Greyed text are in progress / To be added
b. * Project / lead designer. Works made through Partial are redirected to Partial’s website.
c. ** Participated as a project team member at Haddock Studio. All works are redirected to Haddock Studio’s website.

May 2023 Participated at Bass & Reiner’s Pyramid Scheme exhibition.

April 2023 Time has brought us together is part of Dreaming People’s History, organized by the SFPL and KSW at the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery.

Jan 2023 (You and I, we were Americans) until we opened our eyes will be part of the inaugural exhibition at Michelle Thomas Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Oct 2022 (You and I, we were Americans) until we opened our eyes exhibited at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2022: Autonomy.

Oct 2022 Started Western Avenue Loft design in Seattle, WA.

Oct 2022 Top-off of Two Two gallery-shop at 3221 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA.

May 2022 Graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.ARCH) at Academy of Art University, San Francisco.

May 2022 Moderated AAU’s Ethics & Leadership: Affordable Housing with panelists, Stephen Ellis, Frances Kwong, and Abel Morales.

May 2022 Led the design of Two Two gallery-shop in Oakland, CA. Opening in Fall 2022.

Feb 2022 Time has brought us together exhibited at A Between, curated by Muz Collective at Root Division.

Dec 2021 Submitted architecture thesis, From Individualism to Kapwa.

Sep 2021 Time has brought us together exhibited at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture 2021: Embrace.

Oct 2021 Led the design of Nathan Truong’s book, Adolescence Leaves. To be printed in Seoul, South Korea in 2022.

Aug 2021 Launch of Partial, a design practice.

Jun 2021 Started at Haddock Studio, an architecture and design office in San Francisco, CA as an architectural designer.

Jun 2021 Finished term as president at NOMASAAU. Continues as a chapter advisor.

Jun 2021 Graduated NPH’s Bay Area Housing Internship Program.

Apr 2021 Kapwa in Excelsior mural displayed at 49 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA.

Mar 2021 Finalist of Balay Kreative’s Kapwa in Excelsior.

Sep 2020 Co-founded NOMASAAU and elected as its first chapter president.

Jul 2020 Selected as one of NPH’s cohort of Bay Area Housing Internship Program at Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Here, Elsewhere, Juke Jose
In style of her mother’s grace, Nathan Truong
Photography, Prose


Mixed media

Nathan Truong

Digital Zine

Exploring the identity of otherness through photography and language.

Here, Elsewhere

The white fog rolled over us. One, two seconds. We feel the chill.

We see a girl, her eyes closed. We pan out in complete view of her face –She’s enveloped and disappears in layers of white– eyes still closed.

She’s moved to a drab setting, street
level. She seems to be hiding herself from the crowd. Her soft eyes finally open, looking past us as if she’s searching for something. Nuanced palpitations run through her veins and we can feel it. We know... It is there.

We draw back slowly. We’re across from her, blurred amongst passers-by. She glances at us. She knows. She felt us.

We move through a narrow path in the tunnel. Our head turned and we see her right behind us. We pause. For a brief moment the wind slips, and she confronts us with her teary, sleepy, red eyes.

We’re here, elsewhere. We open our eyes, slowly, letting them adjust to a dark town scene lit by a casual mix of fluorescent and neon lights. The town at first glance feels empty, but something occupies it.

We walk with her, moving through different frames. A restaurant, a spa, a souvenir shop. We walk with her feeling at ease like we’ve known her through blood. We’ve reached that point of the scene where gazing at her feels instinctive. We breathe with her in whispers.

We notice the lights suddenly turn brighter, widening our impressions of what surrounds us. She leans on the wall and pulls out a cigarette from her pocket, lights it, and meticulously takes a puff. And then another, then another.

We see the white smoke dissipate while everything turns red as if we’re looking through her eyes. The point of view changes and now we’re 6 feet in front of her, blinded by a flash of red light. And with a flicker, a blink of an eye, we’re back looking through her eyes.

Now, she’s staring at us, surrendered. She’s here, lying stretched upon the world. She’s ready to tell her story, embraced, entranced by the soft red neon lights.

We feel the chill...

CURRENT: Leading the project Western Avenue Loft at Partial
Updated Sep 8, 2023
Juke Jose 2023