Profile

We are a team of architects, observers and thinkers
that mine the commonplace to engage people and context.

A collaborative process led by Principals Hank Koning,
Julie Eizenberg, Brian Lane, and Nathan Bishop draws
on the pragmatic and strategic to unravel convention and
find opportunity hiding in plain sight.

The firm’s well-known body of work has been published
extensively both in the US and abroad, and has earned over 130
awards for design, sustainability and historic preservation.

Observation and Programming

Context counts. An understanding of the interdependence of people, structure, and process informs our approach to the detailed articulation of a vision.

Reframing services at Children’s Institute Inc. | Otis Booth Campus propelled institutional change within the non-profit and the PARK | Urban Interventions concept advocates multiple roles and connections for civic space.

 

Documentation

Ideas develop through visualization. We explore form through various digital and physical media. A REVIT-based building information model (BIM) is the basis for our documentation. With BIM we track data, flush out form, enhance quality control (especially co-ordination of systems) and provide more detail to facilitate digital fabrication as well as traditional construction.

 

Interactive Process

A collaborative process reveals opportunities. We work with clients using an options-based approach to develop a vision informed by budget and technical information.

Projects like Hancock Lofts, The Village at Santa Monica, and Pico Branch Library were achieved through a public design process and Children’s Institute, Inc.’s Otis Booth Campus and UCSB’s KITP Residence involved collaboration with committees and varied stakeholders.

 

Code and Permitting

Codes aren’t necessarily constraints. We hone design concepts by  leveraging technical parameters and permitting processes with expertise, perseverance, and creativity.

Masterplans for Oakwood School, Temple Israel of Hollywood, the Historic Farmers Market and the Village at Santa Monica are examples of projects that negotiated complicated planning frameworks in invested communities.

 

Constructability

Architectural expression emerges from an understanding of how things are built. Ongoing research on construction, materials, and fabrication extracts design opportunity from budgets that conventionally yield generic results.

The Belmar Apartments at Ocean Avenue South draws on traditional construction strategies, while the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s fluttering surround and the Pico Branch Library’s roof employ more advanced technologies and materials.

 

Sustainability

Sustainability is the new normal. As a working principal, sustainability is fully integrated in our approach to design. We continue to innovate and aspire to new benchmarks and best practices.

Virginia Avenue Park was the first LEED certified park in the country and the new Pico Branch Library located in the park is pending LEED platinum. Sustainable principles give expression to the design of John Adams Middle School and Hancock Lofts.