Uncovering the Past for Pittsburgh Youth

The Museum Lab is nearing completion. It will be a great venue for youth to create and experiment with traditional and new technologies. The project, which involves repurposing and expanding the Northside’s historic (but neglected) Carnegie Library, is more excavation than renovation. As 20th century layers are peeled back the ruins of arcades and arches are now revealed. The textures colors and patterns are remarkable!

The Museum Lab is slated to open in late April this year.

Move in!

We were delighted that 64 families have now moved into The Arroyo - a new  affordable family housing development in Santa Monica. Photos coming soon!

Checkout this article on The Arroyo’s opening.


Geffen Academy at UCLA Opens Its Doors

Geffen Academy students are enjoying their new home in the renovated 75,000 sf building at the south end of the UCLA campus. The Middle/High School is organized around an “open library” which replaces traditional hallways, and extends through three floors via a new, generous staircase to offer light-filled spaces. Students are settling in and choosing their favorite places to hang out and work.

Next Steps on University of Melbourne, Student Pavilion

We are moving into Design Development on the Student Pavilion at University of Melbourne, which is part of the 436,000 sf New Student Precinct. We are enjoying the collaboration process with the Design Team (Lyons Architecture, Breathe Architecture, NMBW Architecture Studio, Architects EAT, Greenaway Architects, ASPECT Studios, and GLAS Landscape Architecture) and the University. The Pavilion houses recreational and social programs over a market-style indoor/outdoor dining venue.


Pico Branch Library Honored by AIA | ALA

Founding Principal Julie Eizenberg and Senior Associate Mandi Roberts visited New Orleans to accept an AIA | ALA National Library Building Award for Pico Branch Library at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference. Good food and good books are a winning combination! In the words of the jury, "This is a brilliantly creative design that is truly original – it fits in well with the context, brings unusual forms, materials and patterns to the exterior, and creates an interior that is dynamic, fun, and filled with changing light patterns."

Learn more about the winners at - we are proud to be in great company.

Julie's YSOA Travelling Studio Completes Final Review

Founding Principal Julie Eizenberg’s term as the 2018 William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture came to an end this week with a strong final review for her 10 advanced graduate students.

Over the course of a semester, students assisted the Newtown Creek Alliance (NCA) and Riverkeeper, two non-profit environmental organizations and clean water advocates, to imagine the future of the industrial/manufacturing workplace along New York’s city waterways. A Newton Creek-adjacent superfund clean-up site located at the northern edge of Brooklyn was the site of investigation. Projects highlighted river edge ecology, city infrastructure, flow of materials, waste, history, clean manufacturing, and biological strategies for clean-up.

Julie and her students traveled to Rotterdam and Zurich to learn from the cities’ industrial waterfront and state-of-the-art fabrication facilities. She also delivered a lecture, “Urban Hallucinations,” as part of Yale’s Spring lecture series.

Congratulations to students Benji Rubenstein, Christian Golden, Danielle Schwartz, Guillermo Castello Oliva, Francesca Xavier, Suzie Marchlewicz, Ian Donaldson, Misha Semenov, Pierre Thach, Ziyue Liu, and Rashidbek Muydinov.


Announcing the Renovated Beverly Laurel Motor Hotel

The days of motor inns may be over, but affordable, fun hotels never go out of style. A strategic and budget-conscious renovation revived the original 52 rooms of this iconic inn, and reconfigured the obsolete motor court into a new glass lobby opening to an expanded pool courtyard. The renovation has been met with praise (and extensive instagrams) from tourists and locals alike. Tim Street Porter captured the sunny take on LA’s retro vernacular, and we have also enjoyed seeing photoshoots from Kendall Jenner, MR PORTER, and Japan’s Anna Magazine.

To learn more, check out our project page or come visit on the corner of Beverly and Laurel - Swinger’s does make a good breakfast!

Mandi Roberts + Troy Fosler Named Senior Associates

Our new Senior Associates are expanding possibilities by offering our clients design excellence, responsive service, and developing our in-house expertise through mentoring and research.

Mandi Roberts, Senior Associate, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP joined us in 2015 with a focus on institutional projects. She is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, has served as the Chair of the AIA LA Design Awards Committee and is now serving as the local co-chair for the AIA National Committee on Design 2020 Conference. Mandi’s exceptional team building in and outside of the office contributes to her success at honing in on design strategies that make meaningful and lasting change.

Troy Fosler, Senior Associate, AIA, LEED AP joined us in 2012 and has influenced the design of many of our community and residential projects. He is a graduate of University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his Masters from Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, where he returns periodically to teach and serve on design juries. Troy takes on some of our most complex issues to generate inventive architecture, and leads research into new assemblies and systems that allow our team to do more.


El Paso Children's Museum Proposal Advances to Top 3

El Paso is a desert city with a growing population and a binational, bicultural identity that crosses the Rio Grande. Referred to as the “Borderplex” (with adjacent Cuidad Juarez), the City of El Paso is reinventing itself to better serve its community, with a focus on downtown. Striking landscape, border culture, and the focus on education and families attracted us to this competition for a Children’s and Science Museum, sponsored by the El Paso Community Foundation.

Partnering with Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, border community experts, and Spurlock Landscape Architects, our design began with the idea of making sustainability visible through a learning landscape that draws on the city’s unique location. Our team’s proposal is one of three which the foundation and public at large will consider. To learn more, visit our El Paso Children’s Museum project page.

Brian Joins Hollywood Sign Trust, Board of Trustees

Principal Brian Lane has taken on a new role in his community after eleven years as Chair of the Hollywoodland Specific Plan Design Review Board. He has now joined a passionate group charged with caring for LA’s most iconic landmark: the Hollywood Sign. Those of you who know Brian well may have heard of his frequent runs to the sign over the last 25 years. He is committed to preserving the sign for all Angelinos and visitors, which means creating safe, equitable access for everyone. Brian joins the board in their mission of “repairing, maintaining, refurbishing, and providing capital improvements to the Hollywood Sign or related thereto for the benefit of the public at large and so as to help, preserve and maintain the image of Hollywood as the worldwide center of the entertainment industry.

Congratulations, Brian! We’re all looking forward to more #anotherpictureofmyfootandthehollywoodsign posts.


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.

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!


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, GlumacOculus Light Studio, and the rest of our hardworking team!

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?”