Archinect - Features 2018-12-11T11:38:20-05:00 Balancing the Conceptual and The Actual; A Studio Snapshot of Preliminary Research Office Anthony Morey 2018-11-12T09:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-12T00:11:57-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Led by&nbsp;Chloe Brunner, <a href="" target="_blank">Dingliang Yang</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Yaohua Wang</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Preliminary Research Office</a> has been making a name for itself as an emerging practice leveraging contemporary motifs, exceptional techniques, and potent design schemes to consistently push the boundaries of what a young office can do in today's practice focused climate.&nbsp;</p> <p>For this week's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Studio Snapshot</a>, we talk with two of the office's principals Chloe Brunner (CNB) &amp; Yaohua Wang (YHW) about the practice's origins, their unique work approach, along with a view into their approach to the discipline through theory, buildings, and models.&nbsp;</p> The Architecture Collective KnitKnot Shows Us the Possibilities of Practice in a Hypermobile World Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-16T10:15:00-04:00 >2018-10-16T12:18:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">KnitKnot Architecture</a> is an international collective born out of a <a href="" target="_blank">competition entry</a>. The team of architects, urban planners, artists and thinkers operate on a role-based structure, constantly adapting to meet the specificities of a given project.&nbsp;</p> <p>Though spread across the globe, the group recently moved their offices into the <a href="" target="_blank">GSAPP Incubator</a> at NEW INC, <a href="" target="_blank">Columbia University</a>'s launchpad for entrepreneurship and expanded modes of practice. Beyond serving as the physical office for its members in New York, the group hopes the new digs will bring about new ways of rethinking their practice. Here, the team talks about how they met, the recent move, and their unique working methodology.</p> #ArchinectMeets @casualtimetravel Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-10-09T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-10-09T10:33:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">#ArchinectMeets</a>&nbsp;is a series of interviews with members of the architecture community that use Instagram as a creative medium. With the series, we ask some of Instagram&rsquo;s architectural photographers, producers and curators about their relationship to the social media platform and how it has affected their practice.</p> <p>Social media has undeniably affected the way we perceive, interpret and share opinions about architecture today. While we use our own account,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">@Archinect</a>, as a site for image curation and news content, we wanted to ask fellow Instagram users how they navigated the platform.</p> <p>We spoke to&nbsp;Sinziana Velicescu, the photographer behind <a href="" target="_blank">@casualtimetravel</a>. Sun-bleached stucco and anonymous warehouses reveal the Los Angeles periphery as an undoubtable influence on Velicescu's photography, which perhaps lends it a unique presence on the image-based platform: though the fabled city is often represented in Hollywood blockbusters as a glittering Edenic backdrop, @casualtimetravel presen...</p> LOC Architects Talks About Their Recent Warehouse Conversion and Growing a Practice Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-10-01T12:30:00-04:00 >2018-10-10T16:41:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">LOC Architects</a> is an LA-based architecture firm started by Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma. The duo just completed an&nbsp;18,000 sf headquarters for Seattle based True Brands, using light and warmth to transform an industrial warehouse into their thriving new creative workplace.</p> <p>In this installment of <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshots</a> Ali and Poonam discuss warehouse conversions, keeping a diverse portfolio, and creating a strong design partnership.&nbsp;</p> Under the Skin; An Intimate Building Review of AC Martin's LADWP Headquarters Patrick Geske 2018-09-18T11:37:00-04:00 >2018-09-24T21:05:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><em>Under the Skin</em> is a new review series that focuses on buildings in Los Angeles. Each review selects one finished building, whether newly built or long-time-standing, and takes an in-depth look at it in order to get under its skin.</p> <p>In this first installment, we take a look at the Department of Water and Power Building.</p> <p>Built: 1964<br>Architect: <a href="" target="_blank">AC Martin and Associates</a><br>Location: 111 N Hope St, Los Angeles, CA</p> Building Score: 9.4 Designing AND Developing Is a Fantasy for Many Architects; David Freeland Tells Us How FreelandBuck Did It With the Stack House Paul Petrunia 2018-09-14T12:00:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T14:22:09-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Nestled in the hillsides of North East Los Angeles, a new four-story home built by the architecture duo <a href="" target="_blank">FreelandBuck</a> is offering a lucky buyer a taste of <a href="" target="_blank">quintessential California living</a>. Designed as a series of volumes stacked on top one another to slightly varying orientations, the 2,207-square foot residence comes complete with a wide-open floor plan, seamless indoor-outdoor living spaces, far-reaching views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and an <a href="" target="_blank">accessory dwelling unit (ADU)</a> that can be rented out or used as office space.</p> The Archinect Outpost Guide to the Los Angeles Arts District Shane Reiner-Roth 2018-08-21T11:55:00-04:00 >2018-08-22T14:25:42-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Arts District holds special significance in Los Angeles. From its origins as a vineyard to a twice-dilapidated blight on the city, the Arts District is now the home of SCI-Arc, Hauser &amp; Wirth and the locally beloved Bread Lounge.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">The Archinect Outpost</a> - our retail initiative featuring a&nbsp;collection of small-run, independently published architecture and design publications - opened its polygal doors on June 15th with the intention of living up to the quality of its newfound neighbors in the Arts District.</p> <p>Now available at the Outpost is our free guide of the Arts District, featuring a walking guide for those unfamiliar with the area. Our selection is based on the customer feedback we received during Archinect Outpost's first two months of operation, most of whom had never been to Los Angeles, and fewer still had been to the Arts District. Check out some highlights from our recommended walking route below.</p> As Principal of a Small Firm, Founder of Synthesis Design + Architecture Alvin Huang Says You Always Have to be Hunting Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-08-20T13:31:00-04:00 >2018-08-20T14:07:28-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>"As a design research practice we leverage technology as an avenue to challenge convention and imagine alternatives" says <a href="" target="_blank">Alvin Huang</a>, founder of the firm <a href="" target="_blank">Synthesis Design + Architecture</a>. Started in 2011, Huang began his practice after gaining significant experience working for prestigious firms such as <a href="" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">AL_A</a>. Blending applied research with exploratory practice, the young practice has completed commissions ranging from a <a href="" target="_blank">huge shopping centre in Bangkok</a> to a <a href="" target="_blank">rapidly deployable solar-powered charging station for a new, alternative-fuel Volvo</a>.</p> <p>Here, Huang talks about taking the gamble to start his own practice, shares some advice from his mentors, and spills some strategy on how to maximize the size of the firm.&nbsp;</p> Stephanie Rigolot Discusses Her Pivot from Practicing Architecture to Communicating Architecture Archinect 2018-08-02T13:10:00-04:00 >2018-08-02T13:10:04-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank"><strong>Working out of the Box</strong></a>&nbsp;is a series of features presenting architects who have applied their architecture backgrounds to alternative career paths.</p> <p>In this installment, we're talking with&nbsp;<strong>Stephanie Rigolot</strong>, founder of LA-based consultancy&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">WHAT THE WHAT</a>. We discuss her experience working for architects such as Michael Graves and Thom Mayne, and how that evolved into a business devoted to helping architects express their work to the the public.&nbsp;</p> Mutuo Brings Mexican and Brazilian Perspectives to LA's Architectural Milieu Archinect 2018-07-30T13:17:00-04:00 >2018-07-30T17:13:56-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" target="_blank">Mutuo</a> is an LA-based practiced founded by Jose Herrasti, originally from Mexico City, and Fernanda Oppermann, originally from Brazil. After a few years working at architecture offices in the US, with some time together at <a href="" target="_blank">Eric Owen Moss Architects</a>, the two decided to start their own practice 5 years ago. By connecting their own personal experience, they settled on LA due to it's welcoming environment and cultural diversity.</p> <p>The duo describe Mutuo as versatile. They actively pursue, design and build single-family &amp;&nbsp;multi-family housing, adaptive reuse, cultural and urban-scale masterplans, often working with other architects on non-profit and pro-bono projects.</p> <p>In this week's <a href="" target="_blank">Small Studio Snapshot</a> we chat with Jose and Fernanda to learn more the practice's origins and goals.&nbsp;</p> Casey Hughes Wants to Create Work That is Simultaneously Intellectually Ambitious and Scrappy Mackenzie Goldberg 2018-05-14T12:57:00-04:00 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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 >2018-08-18T13:01:04-04:00 <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 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <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>