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.

(You and I, we were Americans) until we opened our eyes


Mixed media, variable

Dimensions vary with installation

2023, Inaugural Exhibition, Michelle Thomas Fine Art Gallery + Studio, San Francisco, CA
2022, APAture: Autonomy, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

Exhibition images by Claire S. Burke

(You and I, we were Americans) until we opened our eyes is a series of short films that invites us to reflect on what it means to be represented in the landscape of America and asks us to imagine an architecture defined by us.

The series situates us in Filipino-American spaces throughout San Francisco, focusing our attention towards the sky. By pointing the lens away from the edifices and landmarks, the image of these spaces are erased and displaced. The similitude of the sky before us, envelops us in a veil of invisibility challenging us to dig through the vault of our consciousness of what is there. Confronted by the truth of our memories demanding us to use our imagination to create an architecture that is representative of us. Our imagination inquires: what is it like to enter the room and feel belonging?

The title, (You and I, we were Americans) until we opened our eyes, borrowed from Ocean Vuong's novel dares us to examine the meaning and belonging of our bodies in this country. The tension of becoming American is heightened by filming the series on Fourth of July. The day is further contextualized with the granting of independence of the Philippines by the United States of America (July 4, 1946) after decades of occupation under the guise of The White Man’s Burden (Rudyard Kipling) to 'civilize' the Filipino people (later rebranded as the United States’ mission of benevolent assimilation.) What does being American mean when our bodies are not valued and seen much like the spaces and places we occupy? What can we build when we are the architects of our narratives and spaces?
Exhibition Images

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