Book Launch: Urban Hallucinations

Saturday, August 26
Signing: 10:30 AM – 1 PM | Panel Discussion: 11 AM – 12 PM
The Annex @ Pico Branch Library, Virginia Avenue Park

Join us for the launch of our new book, Urban Hallucinations! We’ll be partying in the park at Pico Branch Library, with snacks from the Farmers’ Market and friends from all over LA- including, we hope, you! At 11am, Pooja Bhagat (Santa Monica City Architect) will moderate a panel discussion with contributors Frances Anderton, Alissa Walker, and author Julie Eizenberg over how architecture shapes community (and vice-versa); and their unique views on the region we call home. Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore will be selling books on-site for easy signing. RSVP here.

August 23, 2017 at 11:39 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Announcing MuseumLab+: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh Expansion

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is expanding! It has been a joy to return to the campus of our 2005 project, with an exciting new design challenge: adapting the neighboring Carnegie Library (the first in the US) into the hands-on MuseumLab+, administrative offices for program partners, and the new home of Manchester Academic Charter School. Take a sneak peak at these collages to imagine how this historic space will take on a new life in 2018, thanks to our fantastic team- including exec PWWG Architecture + Urban Planning.

As Director Jane Werner says, when work is done on old buildings, “you can actually feel them breathe.” In this case, according to CMP project director Chris Cieslak, renovation is also like an archaeological dig: the thrilling discovery of 5 thought-to-be lost portraits painted by Pittsburgh artist Elizabeth Black in 1940 has excited local interest. We can’t wait to see what we discover next!

July 26, 2017 at 11:46 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Thornton Tomasetti DTLA Certified LEED CI Gold

Thornton Tomasetti’s Downtown LA office (KEA, 2016) has achieved LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification. This open office for an innovative structural engineering firm builds on brand identity and coworking strategy first developed at their westside location (KEA, 2010). Thornton Tomasetti Vice President and LA Office Director Stephan Eisenreich says that the company is “dedicated not only to talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to sustainability,” and is especially proud of the 33% water use reduction and 25% energy consumption reduction.

In addition to earning 19/21 possible Sustainable Site credits, the office earned all possible points in the Innovation & Design category. Congratulations to Thornton Tomasetti, Glumac, Oculus Light Studio, and the rest of our hardworking team!

June 20, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

The Arroyo at 1626 Lincoln – Groundbreaking

On the morning of April 25, 2017, we joined Community Corporation of Santa Monica and many Santa Monica elected officials and commissioners to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Arroyo at 1626 Lincoln. The sister project of 500 Broadway, the Arroyo will provide 64 units of affordable housing and indoor/outdoor community space for very low income families. Thank you to CCSM, the City of Santa Monica Government, the developers of 500 Broadway, our outstanding consultant team, and everyone else who has helped realize this important project.

April 26, 2017 at 12:19 am | Uncategorized | No comment

The Doctor is In: Julie Eizenberg Honored by University of Melbourne

Julie received an honorary doctorate from the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning on December 12, 2016. The award honors her leadership in design innovation across various building types; extensive history of research, teaching, and lecturing; and her writing, including 2006 firm monograph Architecture isn’t just for special occasions and forthcoming publication Urban Hallucinations.

Julie also delivered a commencement address, structured around five questions: “Why did they show us this movie?” asked in reference to a screening of Luis Brunuel’s “The Exterminating Angel” at her own University of Melbourne orientation; the “Why did you leave Australia?”; “What will you be doing in five years?” with a disclaimer for parents to “be careful about asking this question and empower your graduate to steer their own path;” “Will someone find me out?” (“clearly, not yet”); and a question posed by the University itself, “What will you make possible?”

March 21, 2017 at 11:52 pm | Uncategorized | No comment


Completed in summer 2016, new light-filled, informal worship and social spaces create an everyday focus to a synagogue anchored by a traditional masonry sanctuary.

A reform congregation, Temple Israel of Hollywood members sought improvements that kept pace with evolving attitudes towards worship, education, identity and community; which 40 years of additions and renovations no longer advanced. Addressing contemporary practice in the progressive congregation called for flexible, interactive social and worship space informally infused with Jewish spirit and traditions.

The core of this last phase is the new chapel, and social hall renovation. Expansive glazing around the chapel offers views to the outdoors to reveal the previously disconnected historic sanctuary beyond. The existing administrative wing’s 1949 north facade was reinstated to form a gallery for the Temple’s Judaica collection, which connects the sanctuary to the new chapel. Between, the new lobby creates a welcoming meeting place.

October 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

2015 AIA CC

See-Through House and Ocean Avenue South (which includes the affordable Belmar Apartments) were honored at the 2015 AIA CC Design Awards Celebration on Thursday, September 24th. See-Through House received an AIA CC Residential Honor Award, and was praised for its clear plan yet subversive play on conventional suburban design.  Ocean Avenue South, completed in conjunction with Moore Ruble Yudell, received an AIA CC Urban Design Award. Jurors noted the project’s sustainability and its neighborhood contribution, which “is not simply architecture, nor urban design, but both.”

September 30, 2015 at 11:13 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

Julie FAIA

As you may already know, this spring Founding Principal Julie Eizenberg was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Fellowship recognizes outstanding architects who have made significant contributions to the field, and is one the highest honors bestowed by the Institute.

Julie’s appointment recognizes her exceptional design contribution. Under her leadership, Koning Eizenberg has created distinctive community and neighborhood places. Notable projects establish engaging and informal social spaces, such as the 28th Street Apartments and Otis Booth Campus. The work embraces constraints and consistently achieves quality and beauty on tight budgets, as with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Thinkery. Julie works with communities through interactive public processes to achieve extraordinary results, as with the award winning Pico Branch Library, Hancock Lofts and Belmar Apartments.

Like many of you said, “it’s about time!” We would like to thank the AIA LA Chapter Fellows Nominating &  Mentoring Committee for their support and encouragement.

April 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

2015 AIA National Honor Award: 28th Street Apartments

Great news! The  28th Street Apartments has received a 2015 AIA National Honor Award  which will be awarded at the AIA National Convention in May.

Two great clients made this project possible: Clifford Beers Housing and Coalition for Responsible Community Development.

This was a complex project with a dedicated team: General Contractor: Alpha Construction/Historic Contract: Spectra/Historic Consultant: Historic Resources Group/Structural Engineer: Parker Resnick Structural Engineering/Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Khalifeh & Associates, Inc./ Electrical Engineer: OMB Electrical Engineers, Inc./Surveyor: Brooks & Associates/Soils Engineer: Geotechnologies, Inc./Civil Engineer: VCA Engineers/Graphic Designer: Newsom Designs/Low Voltage- Security: Glendale Fire Systems/Lighting Design: Lighting Design Alliance/LEED Consultant: Green Dinosaur/Environmental: Pacific Environmental/ Irrigation Consultant: Atomic Irrigation/Specification-Hardware Consultant: AWC West.


January 9, 2015 at 8:19 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

DELaB: Making LA

Julie moderated a panel called “What Makes a City Thrive?” at DELaB’s (Design East of La Brea) “Making LA Conference” on Friday, November 7, which was held at the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens. The panel included Kevin Wronske from Heyday Partnership, Yuval Bar-Zemer from Linear City, and Rudy Espinoza from LURN. The event focused on urgent issues that Los Angeles faces: water, transportation, density, community and how designers, architects and artists make a difference in their neighborhoods. As Julie noted at the event: “We forget to appreciate being alive in a real city- it’s simple, it’s personal and it’s kind.”

November 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm | Uncategorized | No comment

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