Archinect - Features 2018-06-24T10:49:41-04:00 Casey Hughes Wants to Create Work That is Simultaneously Intellectually Ambitious and Scrappy Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-14T12:57:00-04:00 >2018-05-17T15:14:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Casey Hughes has made a name for himself by building into the famous hills of Los Angeles. His <a href="" target="_blank">eponymous firm</a>&mdash;started by his desire to push against both the academic world of architecture as well as the development-oriented one&mdash;specializes in intellectually ambitious residential projects, especially those located on some of the city's tricky hillside lots.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, Hughes talks about carving out a niche for himself while allowing room for design exploration.</p> Curious Minds, a Los Angeles-Based Practice, Discuss Balancing Experimentation With Built Works Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-04-02T13:08:00-04:00 >2018-04-06T03:42:18-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>CMLA, a female-owned practice based in <a href="" target="_blank">Los Angeles</a>, is run by Erin Cuevas and Jana Masset Collatz, two alumni of the <a href="" target="_blank">Harvard Graduate School of Design</a>. Their work centers around creating hyper-sensory environments, with focuses on neuroaesthetics, interaction design, and digital media. Since establishing their practice, they have worked on projects ranging from small-scale product design to large-scale residences to collaborations with dancers and other artists.</p> <p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with Cuevas and Masset Collatz about&nbsp;growing their own partnership with one another, establishing their own design agenda, and balancing experimental pursuits with commissioned work.</p> Walk Softly and Don’t Carry a Big Shtick; A Small Studio Snapshot of LA-Based Darin Johnstone Architects Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-15T20:32:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Darin Johnstone is a Los Angeles based architect and teacher. He is the founder of his eponymous practice,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Darin Johnstone Architects</a>, and a faculty member at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with Johnstone about moving to LA on a whim to start his studio, his architectural motivations, and how he blends teaching and practice.&nbsp;</p> Baumgartner + Uriu is a Small Studio with Big Innovations Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-02-05T10:00:00-05:00 >2018-02-05T11:26:10-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Baumgartner + Uriu (BplusU) are innovators known for pushing boundaries. With an in-house fabrication studio, the LA-based practice is consistently experimenting with the latest digital techniques and materials. Founded in 2006, the firm is led by Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, both with a background in music and working for Frank Gehry. For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we talked with the duo about how they got their start, what drives their work today, and what is on the horizon.</p> Spec Houses from the Future; an Interview with LA-Based Design-Builders Domaen Orhan Ayyüce 2017-10-25T11:44:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Domaen</a> is a versatile, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive service company based in Los Angeles. Two partners, Chris Lowe and Axel Schmitzberger, are the driving engines of the firm. I had met with Axel at one of their construction sites and had the following conversation. </p> Uncovering Undisclosable: A Revealing Sit-Down with the LA-Based Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-16T11:55:00-04:00 >2017-10-16T18:15:06-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I recently visited&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Undisclosable</a>&nbsp;at their office in the Arts District of Los Angeles, where I had the pleasure of meeting the practice's witty and charming founders, Bryan Flaig and Alejandra Lillo. We discussed current projects they are working on, fostering a jovial workplace and the practice's unusual, and often comedic, name!</p> Deans List: Milton Curry shares his vision for the future of the USC School of Architecture Noémie Despland-Lichtert 2017-10-05T11:45:00-04:00 >2017-10-04T20:16:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this edition of the <a href="" target="_blank">Deans List</a> we spoke with incoming dean Milton Curry at the<a href="" target="_blank"> University of Southern California</a>. Dean Curry told us about his vision for the school, what it means to be a citizen architect and the commitment of architecture thinking to public good. </p> Ball-Nogues Studio revives public space at Cedars Sinai hospital with their "Healing Pavilion" Julia Ingalls 2017-08-18T12:21:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:22:11-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It's rare that underused structures in Los Angeles get a second chance at life, with most developers opting for the wrecking ball instead of an innovative redesign. In the case of an underused public terrace at the Max Factor Building at Cedars Sinai, <a href="" target="_blank">Ball-Nogues Studio (who spoke to Archinect about this design at the Arroyo Seco Festival)</a>&nbsp;has transformed the space into a destination spot with their signature blend of eye-catching aesthetics and nuanced materialism in the form of the "Healing Pavilion."</p> "architecture, architectural & Architecture" - 100 Young Architects Present Their Post-Digital Microcosms at the A+D Museum Matthew Allen 2017-08-16T12:52:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>I may be stepping over some kind of line by reviewing an exhibition that I have something in, but I promise to assume the responsibility of the critic&mdash;that is, to be critical, even self-critical. And to have a point. The eminent art critic Claire Bishop recently lamented that there haven&rsquo;t been many projects that thematize our digital condition. [1] I'd like to elaborate on how this exhibition and the works in it did just that. The take away will be an encapsulation of some of the things to absorb from "the digital" and some themes being pursued in post-digital architecture.</p> Besler & Sons Tag-Team as They Wrestle with the Challenges of Starting a Small Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-24T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Erin Besler is a trained architect with an undergraduate degree from <a href="" target="_blank">Yale</a> and an M.Arch I from <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a>. Ian Besler is a graphic designer and arts writer with a B.S in journalism from the <a href="" target="_blank">University of Illinois</a> and an MFA from <a href="" target="_blank">ArtCenter College of Design</a>. Together, the two form the LA-based practice&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Besler &amp; Sons</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>They're known for taking common references, like a gutter, and repositioning it in a new framework, transforming the reference into something more conceptual. In 2015, they&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">won the Architectural League Prize</a> and were finalists in <a href="" target="_blank">MoMA's PS1 Young Architects Program</a>. They have participated in both the <a href="" target="_blank">Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> and the Schenzhen and Hong Kong Bi-City Biennial of Architecture/Urbanism. They recently released a line of terrazzo bookends and other "Props," as the line of home accessories is called.&nbsp;</p> With bright color palettes, Pita and Bloom's work embraces ornament Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-19T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-18T19:41:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom started their practice back in 2010 after working together for several years at <a href="" target="_blank">SCI-Arc</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Greg Lynn's Form</a>. Their firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Pita and Bloom</a>, was selected as a finalist in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">MoMA PS1's YAP competition</a>&nbsp;back in 2014 and the two have been called "female visionaries" by <em>Architecture Magazine</em>. Their work relies heavily on the principles of color theory, the impact of abstraction, and the shock of pop art. With a bright color palette, their designs use&nbsp;collage, pattern, and geometry to create an architecture that embraces ornament.</p> "The future belongs to Woodbury": an interview with Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, the University's brand new Dean Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-13T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this installment of <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Deans List</em></a> we&nbsp;talk to Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, one month after starting <a href="" target="_blank">her new post as Dean</a>&nbsp;of the School of Architecture at&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Woodbury University</a>, about the importance of economic diversity and the school's commitment to egalitarian and practical education.&nbsp;</p> From LA to Toronto, Batay-Csorba discusses relocating their architecture practice to Canada Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-12T12:00:00-04:00 >2017-07-11T20:25:31-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After working for <a href="" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Frank Gehry</a> in Los Angeles, Jodi and Andrew packed up their bags and moved to&nbsp;Canada to start their own firm, <a href="" target="_blank">Batay-Csorba Architects</a>. The two discuss their decision to relocate and the process of establishing themselves as a young practice in&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Toronto</a>.</p> Screen/Print #59: Katya Tylevich takes us on an aquatic journey through LA in the latest issue of Art Papers Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-07T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"Film, case study houses, rooftop parties, rec centers, hotel lobbies, and other watery spaces such as car washes, reservoirs and the LA river" are just a few of the "LA knowns" that the pool conjures up for Jennifer Bonner, a guest editor for the latest issue of&nbsp;<em><a href="" target="_blank">Art Papers</a></em>.&nbsp;<br></p> The Proust Questionnaire: Eric Owen Moss Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-04T13:40:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Proust Questionnaire</a>, we're talking with the Los Angeles-based architect <a href="" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss</a> who admits to relying too much on the enigmatic and (yet) would like to build on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro or the bottom of the ocean.</p> At UCLA's Year-End Reviews, a Diversity of Impressive Student Work Makes for a Loud 'Rumble' Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-28T13:29:00-04:00 >2017-06-29T14:16:03-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As summer begins and the academic year comes to a close, all the rooms and narrow corridors of <a href="" target="_blank">UCLA</a>&rsquo;s Perloff Hall are overflowing with models and drawings, celebrating the hard work of the students with the annual exhibition-style event, Rumble.</p> Can good design cure LA’s homeless problem? We asked Mike Alvidrez, CEO of Skid Row Housing Trust Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-06-23T14:30:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For Skid Row Housing Trust, a nonprofit developer in Los Angeles that builds housing for LA&rsquo;s homeless population, good design is a basic civil right. Understanding that the environment plays a vital role in their residents&rsquo; recovery, the organization consistently teams up with renowned architectural firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Michael Maltzan Architecture</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Brooks+Scarpa</a> to design buildings for the homeless that stand out.</p> 9 Urban Planners tell us their favorite buildings in Los Angeles Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-06-09T10:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-09T12:09:44-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>It has become common practice for architects to be asked what their favorite buildings are. After all, it is <em>the</em> obvious question. That being said, the majority of people walking into a building aren&rsquo;t architects and they certainly have something to say on the matter! In that vein, we have decided to reach outside the field to find out what other types of professionals have to say about the buildings in their city.</p> A Final Shot for One-Night Stand LA #3: Last Call Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-05-26T12:12:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On May 20th, the third and final iteration of <a href="" target="_blank">One-Night Stand for Art and Architecture</a> (ONS-LA)&mdash;a popular annual event in Los Angeles where designers transform motel rooms into installations for the night&mdash;took over the Royal Viking Motel in Los Angeles&rsquo; MacArthur Park. Over the course of its three year run, ONS-LA has established itself as a dynamic platform for alternative architectural production, exhibition and engagement. <em>It&rsquo;s also very fun. </em>After all,<em> </em>how often do architects get to have a party of their own?</p> Architecture in the world of DIY: an interview with Weather Projects Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T12:07:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Weather Projects</a> was founded in 2012 by Shannon Han and Hunter Knight who wanted to flush out their own ideas after respective stints at SHoP and Morphosis. We talked with the two about working in Los Angeles, the general population's growing interest in design, and having stake in one's own projects. This week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio</a>&nbsp;also happens to be hiring! Check out their listing <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> Taking a step outside with Terremoto's David Godshall, a self-proclaimed punk and art-historian-turned-landscape-architect Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-01T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a>, we're heading outdoors to talk with David Godshall, a self-proclaimed punk and art-historian-turned-landscape-architect.</p><p>Godshall, alongside with&nbsp;Alain Peauroi, founded <a href="" target="_blank">TERREMOTO</a>,&nbsp;a landscape architecture firm with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco specializing in localized landscapes that are both formally and conceptually adventurous.</p> Talking Intra-Office Communication with LADG Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-04-17T12:22:00-04:00 >2017-04-17T12:22:37-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Founded in 2004 by principals Claus Benjamin Freyinger and Andrew Holder,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">the Los Angeles Design Group</a>&nbsp;straddles the line between being a service-oriented firm dedicated to building real projects and an experimental laboratory.&nbsp;</p><p>This week on&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, we talk with the partners about intra-office communication, the proverbial grandma's closet, and the difficulties in teaching methods of experimentation.&nbsp;</p> Bridging Cross-Disciplinary Boundaries with LA-Más Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-03-27T12:09:00-04:00 >2017-03-27T12:10:26-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Architecture has always been a discipline with undefined boundaries and shifting points of focus, which typifies the work of this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>, the cross-disciplinary non-profit <a href="" target="_blank">LA-M&aacute;s</a>. Self-positioned as an urban design organization, the seven-member team&mdash;comprised of&nbsp;architects, graphic designers, urban planners, and community organizers&mdash;uses policy and architecture to help marginalized communities shape their neighborhoods and their future.</p> A voting guide for Los Angeles architects on the anti-growth Measure S Julia Ingalls 2017-03-06T12:24:00-05:00 >2017-03-06T12:26:44-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Opposed by a majority of architects, yet backed by a handful of prominent Angelenos including AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein, Measure S is on the March 7th ballot. Is it a sneaky ratification of <a href="" target="_blank">NIMBY</a>, or a sensible call for considered growth?</p> Small Studio Snapshots: West of West Nicholas Korody 2017-02-13T12:01:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>How can a small studio survive in an industry dominated by huge firms? That's what we're trying to find out with our new, weekly series,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a>.</p><p>This week, we're talking with <a href="" target="_blank">West of West</a>, a practice based out of Portland and Los Angeles.</p> Cutting a Rug: Making the Abstract Tangible With Urban Fabric + Elena Manferdini's "Building Portraits" area rugs Julia Ingalls 2017-02-10T12:13:00-05:00 >2017-02-10T12:35:33-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>After the success of <a href="" target="_blank">Four O Nine&rsquo;s &ldquo;Urban Fabric&rdquo; rugs</a>, the firm has partnered with designer Elena Manferdini to create &ldquo;Building Portraits,&rdquo; a series of limited-edition area rugs that incorporate riffs on Miesian patterns and city grids with more abstract impressions of urbanity. The result, as unveiled in an opening in L.A.&rsquo;s Chinatown on January 27th, is a mesmerizing blend of texture and architectural imagination.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: Superjacent Nicholas Korody 2017-01-30T12:48:00-05:00 >2017-02-08T18:11:07-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Archinect's newest series, Small Studio Snapshots, takes a look behind the curtain of small architecture practices. What motivates them? What difficulties do they come across? What are the advantages of keeping trim?&nbsp;</p><p>This week, we're talking to <a href="" target="_blank">Superjacent</a>, an LA-based studio comprised of "landscape protagonists, urban dreamers and strategic thinkers".</p> Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects pumps up the volume with "Amplified Urbanism" Julia Ingalls 2017-01-24T13:15:00-05:00 >2017-06-05T17:20:34-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>According to <a href="" target="_blank">Lorcan O&rsquo;Herlihy Architects</a>&rsquo; new monograph <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Amplified Urbanism</em></a>, not only has Los Angeles arrived as a city with its own idiosyncratic urbanism, but that urbanism deserves bolder, louder expression through architecture.</p> Small Studio Snapshots: MILLIØNS Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:11:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> is a series that focuses on, well, small studios. It's about the reasons why you might set up your own studio, and the things that may get in your way. Sometimes, it can be tough to be a small fish in a big sea&mdash;but the rewards can also be supersized.</p><p>This week, we're talking to the Los Angeles-based experimental studio <a href="" target="_blank">MILLI&Oslash;NS</a>. Founded in 2011&nbsp;by John May and Zeina Koreitem, both of whom also teach, MILLI&Oslash;NS considers architecture "a speculative medium for exploring the central categories of contemporary life: technology, politics, energy, media, and information."</p> How To Get A Job At: JERDE Archinect 2016-12-12T12:03:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The search for employment is unpredictable and demands unrelenting patience. When you're at your wit's end, it can be tempting to send the same exact resume to what feels like the same <a href="" target="_blank">job ad</a> over and over again. However, no two <a href="" target="_blank">firms</a> are identical. Possessing certain technical skills are required across the industry, but there are particular qualities and red flags that a firm won't always simply list in their job ad. In Archinect's <a href="" target="_blank">&ldquo;How to Get a Job at _____&rdquo;</a>, we asked some architecture firms how candidates can stand out from the crowd when applying to their practice.</p>