Jeffrey McGrew is a licensed architect in California.
Jeffrey's background is based in business, architecture, technology, and construction. Since 2006 he has been the co-founder of the design-build studio Because We Can.
On every project he is the lead architect, providing design direction and digital fabrication solutions for the challenges our clients bring us. An award-winning designer and public speaker, he loves to solve problems, generate ideas, and make great things for the great people we work for. He also runs the technical side of the company, from computer code to building code, creating new ways of building via the combination of BIM and digital fabrication. Prior to founding Because We Can, Jeffrey worked for a number of prominent local architects, been an technical fabrication consultant, and has helped bring several physical and software products to market.
In his non-existent spare time, he likes to experiment with CNC machines, create 3D models, make sculptures, brew beer and play games with friends.
Jillian Northrup / Design Director, Founder
Jillian Northrup is the Design Director and Photographer for Because We Can.
Jillian's background is based in interior design, graphic design, photography, and art. She started Because We Can with Jeffrey in 2006.
Involved in every project she is passionate about interior, furniture, and product design from small decorative pieces to large and complex projects. She feels that great communication, creative problem solving, and efficient operations are key to a successful project. Also a lead in the marketing department, she wears many hats in this small vibrant company. Prior to founding Because We Can, Jillian worked as a graphic designer and photographer for a variety of commercial clients and large retail companies.
In her non-existent moments of spare time she likes to escape to her painting studio, play drums with her band, design furniture for her house, and plan theme ideas for her next cocktail party.
Claire Rementilla / Office Manager
Claire is Because We Can’s office manager & office nanny. Her versatile role includes everything from taking care of Viva (Jeffrey and Jillian’s daughter), marketing, making tasty lunches, photography, gardening, research, planning/hosting work events and keeping the shop bright, happy and organized.
She studied cultural anthropology and women’s & gender studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Despite her formal education, her most valued skills lie in dealing with people: social navigation, advocation, communication, and empathy (while building strong relationships). She can also write, be your impromptu therapist, and get really excited.
An arbitrary list of things Claire likes: Photography, constant background music, bacon, magical realism, the endless combinations of edible ingredients, Rick and Morty, baby kale, conversing with different minds, and Viva, of course.
Joel Schwartz / Fabricator
Joel is a fabricator with both traditional & digital fabrication skills.
His background is based in traditional cabinetry, jewelry making & art. Since working at BWC he has become proficient in the ins and outs of digital fabrication, mostly using CNC machines. On his way to becoming a master fabricator, Joel can make anything, and make it beautiful. Well versed in finishing and fabrication, Joel leads the shop floor on many fabrication projects.
In his spare time he likes to create his own designs in wood, play in an Ice Hockey league and keep up on his movie watching.
Secret Agent Kitty, Public Relations
Secret Agent Kitty is our mascot & mouse-catcher. She loves constant attention, sticking her paws under heaters and lots of pets.