Brooks + Scarpa, Witold Rybczynski Win Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award

AIA 2014 Housing Award Recipient: Cherokee Studios / Brooks + Scarpa

Angela Brooks and Lawrence Scarpa of Brooks + Scarpa have been recognized for their “leadership in sustainable and socially progressive design” by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The Los Angeles-based architects will receive one of 10 National Design given by the Museum in honor of “lasting achievement in American Design.”

, writer and professor of architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, will also receive a National Design Award for his many written contributions to architecture, urbanism and design.

A complete list of the 2014 National Design Award winners, after the break…

Brooks + Scarpa Design Park-And-Ride Plaza for Seattle Rail Station


Brooks + Scarpa has won a competition to design a new park-and-ride plaza for the future Angle Lake light rail station in . As part of the 1.6-mile South 200th Link Extension, which will connect Angle Lake to the airport and downtown area by 2016, the $30 million complex will provide the station’s anticipated 5,400 passengers with a pedestrianized plaza, drop-off and retail area, as well as a 1,050-stall parking garage and 35,000 square feet of reserved space for future transit-oriented development.

AIA Names 10 Most Impressive Houses of 2014

Sol Duc Cabin; Seattle / Olson Kundig Architects

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected ten recipients for their 14th annual . Considered to be the year’s most impressive works, the awards are designed to “recognize the best in U.S. housing design” and “promote the importance of good housing as a necessity of life, a sanctuary for the human spirit and a valuable national resource.” The winners, after the break… 

Pico Place / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 430 Pico Boulevard, , CA 90405, USA
Architect In Charge: Emily Hodgdon
Area: 38250.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Linden

Metalsa / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: Monterrey IT Cluster, Parque de Investigación e Innovación Tecnológica, Nuevo Leon,
Area: 55000.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects

Green Dot Animo Leadership High School / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 11044 South Freeman Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90304, USA
Principal In Charge: , FAIA
Project Architect: Angela Brooks, AIA, Mark Buckland, Ching Luk
Project Design Team: Brad Buter, Silke Clemens, Emily Hodgdon, Gwynne Pugh, Sri Sumantri
Engineering: Thorton Thomassetti-Structural
Area: 53500.0 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: John Linden

Brooks + Scarpa designs Interfaith Chapel in Florida

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The highly acclaimed Los Angeles-based practice Brooks + Scarpa Architects, along with KZF Design Studio, have released plans for a new Interfaith Chapel at the University of North . Drawing inspiration from a free-flowing wedding gown, its informally shaped footprint - reminiscent of an allegorical figure such as Justice, Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence and Fortitude – flows upward and culminates at the top with a large skylight whose light is diffused by a wooden lattice spire that is derived from the symbol of infinity.

The symbolic, 7000 square-foot structure will provide students with an intimate, spiritual space that may be used daily while also supporting a variety of diverse religious services, such as student ceremonies, weddings, lectures, meditative practices, musical performances and more.

Learn more about Brooks + Scarpa’s wooden chapel after the break.

Reactor Films / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: 1330 4th Street, Santa Monica, ,
Principal in Charge: Lawrence Scarpa
Design Team: Angela Brooks, Jackson Butler, Adam Davis, Mike Ferguson, John Jennings, Gwynne Pugh, Lawrence Scarpa
Furniture and Fixture Design: Mike Ferguson, John Jennings and Lawrence Scarpa (with Dave Scott)
Steel and Furniture Fabrication: Dave Scott of DESU
Construction Team: Brian Crommie and Tom Hinerfeld of BT Builders
Client/Owner: Stoney Road Productions and Reactor Films
Total Square Footage: 7,000 sq. ft.
Costs: $350,000.00 ($50.00/sq. ft.) includes building shell upgrades
Photographs: Marvin Rand

Shortlist announced for the highly anticipated Los Angeles Federal Courthouse

The Courthouse Site in – Image courtesy of Google Maps

After remaining on hold since 2005, the General Services Administration (GSA) has reinstated plans to construct a new U.S. Courthouse in downtown LA. The 3.7 acre dirt lot at 107 South Broadway, down the street from Morphosis’ Caltrans building, LA’s City Hall, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, has remained dormant since 2007; shortly after the GSA abandoned Perkins + Will’s estimated $1.1 billion conceptual design due to rising costs. Now, plans for the courthouse have been scaled back and the GSA has just released the shortlisted teams competing of the project. Continue reading after the break to see who made the cut.

Orange Grove / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: , California, USA
Project Team: Lawrence Scarpa, FAIA – Principal- in-Charge. Angela Brooks, AIA, Silke Clemens, Vanessa Hardy, Ching Luk, Project Architect, Gwynne Pugh, AIA, Lawrence Scarpa, Katrin Terstegen – Project Design Team
Structural Engineering: Oxford Engineering MEP: Helfman Halloossim
Client: Urban Environments, Inc.
General Contrator: Becker General Contractors – Sandy Becker
Project Area: 6,700 sq. ft.
Photographs: Marvin Rand

Research and Technology Innovation Park / Brooks + Scarpa

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The Research and Technology Innovation Park, designed by Brooks + Scarpa, will be Mexico’s first new construction LEED Platinum building.  The site is located in near the airport and adjoins a natural habitat. The program includes labs, offices, testing facilities, and warehouse spaces and will be constructed in two phases. More on the project after the break.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa
Location of Project: Monterrey, Mexico
Total Area: Phase I_ +/- 500 sqm of Offices, +/-1000 sqm of Warehouse, Phase II_ +/-500 sqm of Offices, +/-3000 sqm of Warehouse

Kimball Art Center / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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As we announced yesterday, Brooks + Scarpa Architects is one of the five finalists selected for the Kimball Art Center competition. Inspired by the “seemingly endless” blue skies and the unique blend of new and old within the historic , Brooks + Scarpa delicately weave the heavy mass of the existing 12,000 square foot Kimball Art Center with the new 22,000 square foot addition that has been referred to as the Kimball “Cloud”.

Kimball Art Center Shortlist

BIG Proposal - Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

In 1976, art enthusiast Bill Kimball transformed the 1929 Kimball Bros automotive garage into a non-profit community center for the visual arts, now known as the Kimball Art Center. Located in the heart of downtown Park City, Utah, the non-profit center serves as a gathering place for individuals to experience art through education, exhibitions and events. The aging historic building is in need of restoration and an addition that will allow the organization to increase their educational outreach and enhance the quality and scale of the exhibitions, while maintaining free admission to the public.

BIG, Brooks + Scarpa, Sparano + Mooney Architecture, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Will Bruder + Partners LTD are the five architects selected to submit final proposals for the transformation of the Kimball Art Center.

Continue after the break to watch each firm’s introductory presentation.

AD Interviews: Lawrence Scarpa

Back in June we had the chance to interview in Miami, at the Convention when Pugh + Scarpa Architects received the 2010 AIA Firm Award.

Pugh + Scarpa Architects is known for their ability to consistently design within the top tier of architectural works.  Their success in creating spaces that blend architecture and craft with community involvement capitalizing on in-house talent is one example of why they have been recognized with more than 50 local, state, and national AIA awards, including the 2010 AIA National Firm Award and the 2010 AIA California Firm Award.

The firm has distinguished themselves with place-making architecture providing each of their clients with a building that truly is their own, an organic derived, sustainable, inventive work of art. Pugh + Scarpa Architects design process, whether for public or private use, for rich or for poor, focuses on engaging the user and utilizing common materials in beautiful and extraordinary ways.

Pugh + Scarpa Architects was founded in 1991 by Gwynne Pugh and Lawrence Scarpa, and Angela Brooks became a partner in 2001.  In September partners went in different directions, splitting into two firms: Gwynne Pugh Urban Studio and  Brooks + Scarpa Architects.

Projects previously featured at ArchDaily:

Fuller Lofts / Brooks + Scarpa Architects

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The Fuller Lofts project is a 127,500 sqf adaptive reuse and nearly 30,500 sqf vertical expansion of a 1920s concrete industrial building in a depressed neighborhood of East Los Angeles. Located convenient to a station on a recently constructed light-rail line, the Fuller Lofts was the first transit-oriented development begun in the area and has spurred the revitalization of Lincoln Heights.

Follow the break for photographs, drawings, and text about Fuller Lofts.

Architects: Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Location: Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles, California,
Structural Engineering: Nabih Youssef and Associates
MEP Engineers: Innovative Engineering Group (IEG)
Landscape Architect: Rios Clemente Hale Studio
General Contractor: Lee Homes
Client: Livable Places
Project Area: 158,000 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of Brooks + Scarpa Architects