We are pleased to announce our Board member, Janet Crane, as this year’s honoree.
Join us on Sunday, November 13, 2016, as we celebrate and honor Janet for her excellence in service to the underserved and disadvantaged in our community.
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Janet Crane was born in London at a time when bombed building sites from the blitz were yet to heal. Not surprisingly, her undergraduate work in the University of London’s architecture and planning programs included learning the real needs of residents in public housing.
Janet’s early work in England led her to be invited to attend graduate school at the U.C. Berkeley, School of Architecture, where she studied residential housing design. She later taught community design in several architectural studios. Janet became a San Franciscan and launched a 45-year career in the architecture and design firm Freebairn-Smith & Crane. Over those years, Janet dedicated as much as fifty percent of her professional practice to socially responsive, community projects which included shelter housing.
Janet’s professional work is woven into a lifetime of commitments to non-profit committee and Board responsibilities. Among many achievements, she was a founder and President of the forty-year strong Bay Area Organization of Women Architects, and a founder and Co-Chair of NEXT Village San Francisco, a local organization which offers support for seniors aging in their community.
Supporting North Beach Citizens has been a long term commitment for Janet. As a board member, Janet was instrumental in the multi-year search that ended when she identified the perfect property to serve as NBC’s new resource center located at 1034 Kearny Street. She has also used her design talents to create memorable experiences for North Beach Citizens’ celebratory events and past honorees.
This year we are pleased to honor Janet. We invite you to join us as we celebrate her many generous contributions of time and professional expertise that have benefited the greater Bay Area and North Beach Citizens.