SOM launches Los Angeles Design Studio

The Partners of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) have announced their plans for a new design studio in Los Angeles to join their West Coast practice. With a commitment to urban, environmental and social sustainability in Southern , the studio will be lead by three former SOM architects – Michael Mann, FAIA; Paul Danna, AIA; and Jose Luis Palacios, AIA.

Craig Hartman, FAIA, the Design Partner in SOM’s San Francisco office, stated, “We want to be part of the dialogue in LA – a tremendously important cultural and talent hub and a diverse design-centric city. With Michael, Paul and Jose leading our studio,” Hartman continued, “we will be part of the conversation and be able to collaborate meaningfully with colleagues and institutions that we’ve known for years.

New commissions include UCLA’s new Medical Education Building that will become a entry point for the campus and the Medical School, a new mix-use project at UC Santa Barbara and a new courthouse for the Superior Court of California in , which will be the largest in the state. Find more information here.


Stinson Beach House / WA Design Inc

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Architects: WA Design Inc
Location: Marin, , USA
Client: Stacia Cronin and David Stark Wilson
Size: 1400 square feet
Design Team: David Stark Wilson, Frank Eyerly, Eoi Takagi
Consultants: Kenneth Hughes (engineering); PCD Engineering (mechanical)
Photographs: Courtesy of WA Design Inc

A+D Museum’s ARkidECTURE + Design Workshop at The Eames Office

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Now’s your chance to learn all about the wonderful world of at A+D Museum‘s ARkidECTURE + design workshop at The Eames Office Saturday, January 14th from 10AM – 1PM.

Carla Hartman, Education Director and granddaughter of Charles and Ray Eames, will lead this educational workshop where children will create their very own Eames designs including a custom ‘Eames House of Cards’ and their very own miniature paper chair. A tour of the Eames Office exhibition, Essential Eames: the Design of Knowledge, and its interactive component will also be given. Sign up now and join the fun! For more information, please visit here.

8 Washington Development / SOM Architects + PWP Landscape Architecture

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 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) and PWP Landscape Architecture shared with us their proposal for the 8 Washington development in downtown . The plans will continue the revitalization and support enjoyment of the historically under-utilized northeast waterfront by reconnecting the City with the Bay and providing housing and community amenities which include: dynamic pedestrian corridors linking Pacific Avenue and Jackson Street with The Embarcadero; a children’s play area featuring interactive sculptural gardens; an expanded health and aquatics center; cafés, restaurants and retail; and centralized underground public parking for the Ferry Building Waterfront Area. More images and project description after the break.

Humanities Gateway / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: , California,
Client: University of California, Irvine
Design-builder: Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Completion: 2009
Cost: $29 million
Size: 76,000 sq. ft.
Photos: Heliphoto, Nick Merrick, Hedrich Blessing, Fentress Architects

Combined Properties, Inc. + Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. + Ehrlich Architects Team Wins Culver City’s 9300 Culver Boulevard (Parcel B) Redevelopment Project

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With a unanimous vote by the City Council on December 5, the Combined Properties, Inc./Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc./Ehrlich Architects team was awarded the 9300 Culver Boulevard (Parcel B) Development Project in , California. More images and complete press release after the break.

Updated Plans released for Foster + Partner’s new Apple Campus in Cupertino

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Apple has released updated plans revealing an ambitions solar installation for their proposed campus in Cupertino. Announced back in June, the campus will include an office, research and development building, research facilities, corporate auditorium, fitness center, a central plant and associated parking. Foster + Partners will collaborate with ARUP North America and local civil engineering firm for the completion of the project.

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Westside Road Private Residence / Dowling Studios

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Architects: Dowling Studios
Location: , California,
Project Area: 2240 sqf
Photographs: Matthew Millman

The Infrastructural Monument Installation / Anna Neimark

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Woodbury School of Architecture and the Woodbury Hollywood Gallery (WUHO) are pleased to announce the opening of The Infrastructural Monument by Anna Neimark. The opening is on Thursday, December 8, 7 p.m. and runs until December 18th. Anna Neimark’s installation, constructed out of fifty-four three-foot cubes of EPS white foam, re-imagines a piece of infrastructure as a monument of a complex history when a canal from Moscow to St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) was built during the second Five Year Plan, under Josef Stalin. More information on the installation after the break.

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine / Fentress Architects

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Architects: Fentress Architects
Location: La Jolla, , USA
Associate Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Lanscape Architect: Civitas, Inc.
Project Team: Curtis Fentress, Jeff Olson, Robin Ault, Al Roberts, Sharlene Bhyun, Jesse Dzierzanowski
Photographs: Jason A. Knowles

The Core Project: A Study to Vitalize the City of Sebastopol Competiton

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The City of , , together with the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a group of local business sponsors, is hosting an international design competition to generate innovative ideas for renewing the city center. The overarching intent is to explore how the physical presence of the city can become a more economically thriving and aesthetically vibrant place reflective of the natural beauty of the region, and the character of the community. Submissions, which are due February 3rd, will explore the ways a small, northern city can transition from its agricultural past to a lively and sustainable future. For more information, please visit the competition website here.

SFMOMA’s expansion / Snøhetta

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SFMOMA reveals the design for the museums new expansion, designed by the Norway-based architecture firm Snøhetta. The expansion transforms the current Mario Botta-designed building into a scale that “meets the museum’s mission.” Increased public circulation, flexible gallery space and intuitive navigation are a few of the projects main goals.

Continue after the break for more information, images and video.

Video: Netscape: 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion

As the students finalize their thesis projects each September, they join the faculty in an annual ritual of constructing a temporary pavilion that will host that year’s graduation ceremony. Produced by Them Too Productions, this video documents the development and fabrication of Netscape, the 2011 SCI-Arc Graduation Pavilion by Oyler Wu Collaborative and the students of SCI-Arc. View ArchDaily’s detailed coverage of the 2011 pavilion HERE.

Maximiliano Restaurant / FreelandBuck

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Architects: FreelandBuck
Location: , California, USA
Client: Andre, Fred, and Max Guerrero
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2,200 sqf
Photographs: Nils Timms

Stone on Stone: SAH/SCC Lecture and Book Signing

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The Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter will be presenting architect Hicks Stone, son of , and author of the new book : A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect (Rizzoli, October 2011). The free lecture and slide presentation is hosted by SAH/SCC Life Member Edward Cella at Edward Cella Art + Architecture in on December 10th from 4-6pm. More information on the event after the break.

Video: Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream / Zago Architecture

Andrew Zago presents Zago Architecture’s transformation of Rialto, “defaulted” subdivisions, suggesting a new species of urbanism that grows from the existing American suburb. Zago Architecture is one of five interdisciplinary teams participating in “MoMA’s Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.” Each team is challenged to re-imagine struggling American cities and , seeing the current economic crisis as an opportunity to evolve.

The video is provided by The Museum of Modern Art and was filmed by J6 Media Works.

FIDM San Diego Campus / Clive Wilkinson Architects

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Architect: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Location: San Diego, California,
Client: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Project Area: 31,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Benny Chan/Fotoworks

Airbnb San Francisco Headquarters / Garcia Tamjidi


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Architect: Garcia Tamjidi (Michael Garcia and Farid Tamjidi)
Location: , California, USA
Client: Airbnb Inc.
Photographs: Courtesy of Airbnb